Category: Park Ranger Stories

Abandoned Camp

9 summers in our nations oldest national park. 3 of which I worked backcountry LEO, which involved going out for 9 days at a time alone. Stayed in cabins mostly, with the occasional backpacking trip when working boundary looking for poachers (these trips were generally not solo). “The oddest thing (that is, my unsolved mystery), was the abandoned camp next to the trail. Camping outside of designated campsites is a big no-no, and I was […]

Seasonal Park Ranger Stories

I am a seasonal ranger for my local forest district. Despite the fact that I live in a fairly suburban area, the forest preserves still make up 12% of the county, with much of the property being heavily wooded…not far out wilderness but pretty secluded in some areas. Being a seasonal employee, I have been on the job for a bit over a month now but in my short time here I have found: The […]

Missing Hiker

“Park ranger here. Another ranger and I were out on a search and rescue call once. The missing person was a man in his 20s. He had gone hiking and had not returned the day that he intended to. When we got the call, it was nighttime, but we hiked in a few miles and set up camp on a ridge that had a pretty good view. He had gone into the woods prepared, so […]

Screaming Woman

“I’m a wildland firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service. This story is from an old supervisor of mine that I believe completely. The setting is 2004 or so, in the Hells Canyon area of middle Idaho. My supervisor’s crew had been working all day and were going to be working through the night as well. As assistant superintendent, he was out scouting ahead on an ATV. He was working his way down a logging road that had […]

Jerked Around

“This happened in the desert of Utah. I was a wilderness guide and lived out of my truck, so I camped nearly every night. I was totally used to weird noises, twigs cracking, whatever. One night it was extremely calm and quiet, but there was a weird vibe in the air. A couple friends and I were on BLM land in Utah near Moab, and we had just put out the fire and laid our […]

Flying Boulders

“When I was doing trail clearing, there was a lot of strange shit. One night I was camped by a lake, miles from even the nearest road, when a boulder just flew into the lake from the other side. Then another, then another. The boulders looked to be several hundred pounds, and the lake EXPLODED when they hit. They looked wider and taller than me (6’1). I didn’t really sleep that night, but my hatchet […]

Campers Beamed Up By Aliens

We were camping around different area of the US, hitting 13 states. It wasn’t a trip with a firm itinerary, and we drove through Amish country in Indiana despairing that we wouldn’t find a campground as it was late in the day. But in the middle of Amish country we found a lovely campground with a nice big pond for swimming. We were the ‘weirdos’ who do tent camping, and you had to drive down past this field to […]