Roving Rangers Program
The Roving Rangers
Forest Service and National Park Service volunteers provide a guided walk at Walnut Canyon National Monument (3 MB)
The Flagstaff area Roving Rangers is a partnership team comprised of both rangers and volunteers from the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service. It’s the mission of this group to provide free ranger programs in and around the Flagstaff area, that provide visitors with fun learning experiences in the out-of-doors. It is the intent of the Roving Rangers to bring understanding and inspiration to all ages, provoking the citizens of the world to cherish our natural world and act to preserve natural and cultural resources. The Roving Rangers Partnership was created in 1991 by John Nelson, U.S. Forest Service (USFS) employee, and Kim Watson, National Park Service (NPS) employee. It is now in its 27th season and has delivered a multitude of guided walks and talks for visitors and residents of the Flagstaff area.
Visit the NPS Roving Rangers Programs page on the Sunset Crater National Monument website for the schedule of activities and additional information.
Where We Work
During the summer, from Memorial Day Weekend through early September, the Roving Rangers conduct ranger-led programs each weekend at three local campgrounds. The partnership also provides an interpretive ranger at the top of the Arizona Snowbowl Scenic Chairlift Ride to answer questions and describe the natural history and panoramic views amid the spectacular San Francisco Peaks. Some of the most loved ranger-led programs include beautiful, exciting guided walks in Flagstaff’s three local national monuments and throughout the hidden trails of the Coconino National Forest.
The Partnership is an example of a working public/private relationship. The two private partners are Arizona Snowbowl and Recreation Resource Management (RRM), and the two public partners are the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service. RRM is contracted by the USFS to run the local Forest Service campgrounds and also to provide quality interpretation at three campgrounds with amphitheaters:
- Dairy Springs Campground (west side of Mormon Lake),
- Pine Grove Campground (about a mile past Upper Lake Mary), and
- Bonito Campground (adjacent to the entrance of Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument).
The creation of the partnership helps RRM fulfill their program requirements and enables the NPS and USFS to provide visitors with quality experiences.
Get More Information
For more information or questions about this program, contact Robert_Wallace@nps.gov.
Visit the Roving Rangers Programs page on the Sunset Crater National Monument website for the activity schedule and additional information.