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National Trails Day


National Trails Day – BCA Hike to the Needle’s Eye

South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Start: Saturday, June 2 at 11 am MT / 12 noon CT
End:  Sunday, June 3 at 12 noon MT / 1 PM CT

Get your spirits up and your blood moving!

On Saturday, June 2nd, join BCA for a favorite hike to the Needle’s Eye led by board member Tama Smith in the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Expect a leisurely to moderate hike, allowing plenty of time for poking and conversation among friends. The Needle’s Eye itself offers a perfect spot for both reflection and active exploration - and is an ideal setting for snack time. Plan on 3-4 hours to do it right!

Outings leader Tama reserved the group site in Cottonwood Campground for Saturday night and donated the cost. Thanks, Tama! With a site limit of 20 people, save your spot by rsvp-ing early to bcajan@bis.midco.net. Overflow (or privacy lovers) will be responsible for their own accommodations. We recommend arriving early to claim a spot prior to our hike. 

BCA has invited members of Friends of Theodore Roosevelt National Park to join us.

Due to road construction, including the Visitor Center parking lot and first 3 miles just inside the Park, plan for a little extra time as delays are expected. We will gather at the Cottonwood Picnic Area parking lot near the group shelter at 11 am Mountain Time / 12 noon Central Time

Entrance fees to the Park are now $30 per car (or get an annual pass for $55). Load up your friends and family and be ready to have some FUN!

The 64th Annual Bird Walk sponsored by the Theodore Roosevelt Nature and History Association (http://www.trnha.org) is scheduled for Sunday morning the 3rd. Led by birding experts, it’s a great opportunity for both novice and expert. Participants meet at the Campground registration area promptly at 6:30 am MT for a one hour stroll. You’ll be sure to see something wondrous!

A TRNHA hosted breakfast (free with donations) follows at 8 am MT at the group shelter in the picnic area. Reservations for the breakfast are encouraged to help with planning. Call 701-623-4884 or email info@trnha.org.

Individuals are responsible for camping gear and meals. Don’t forget plenty of water, snacks/lunch for the Needle’s Eye hike, clothing layers for changing weather, binocs, cameras, nature guides, sun and insect protection, sturdy boots, and whatever else makes you happy! 

RSVP your plan to attend to bcajan@bis.midco.net or jan@bcand.org. Or call 701-255-4958.
Include number of campers to reserve space in the group site!

Earlier Event: April 21
Work Day in Celebration of Earth Day
Later Event: September 22
Autumn Weekend in the Badlands