Rangers Lead Weekend Hikes at Denali National Park and Preserve
Contact: Kris Fister, 907-683-9583
Park rangers at Denali National Park and Preserve are inviting the public to join them in exploring the park on weekend hikes this winter. The hikes will be done on snowshoes when snow conditions are favorable, and will take place on Saturdays and Sundays, beginning on Saturday, February 2, 2008. Hikers will meet at 1:00 p.m. at the Murie Science and Learning Center (MSLC), located at Mile 1.3 on the Park Road just west of the traffic circle.
The hikes will be on or near trails in the park’s entrance area, providing opportunities to experience and learn about the winter environment of the park and interior Alaska. A limited number of snowshoes are available at the MSLC for use on the hike, and those interested in participating are encouraged to bring their own equipment. The programs will last for 2-3 hours. Participants are advised to dress warmly and bring lunch or snacks.
Denali National Park and Preserve collects an entrance fee year-round. The entrance fee of $10 per person or $20 per vehicle is good for seven days. The majority of the money collected remains in the park to be used for projects to improve visitor services and facilities. Interagency Federal Recreation Passes such as the Annual, Senior, and Access Pass, and the Denali Annual Pass are also valid for entry into the park.
The hikes will not take place if temperatures are colder than -10ºF. Additional information on these and other winter activities is available at the Murie Science and Learning Center from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily, by calling (907) 683-2294 or on the park website at www.nps.gov/dena.
Did You Know?
The vast landscapes of interior Alaska are changing. Large glaciers are receding, permafrost is melting and woody plants are spreading. Comparison of "then-and-now" photographs and data from major vegetation monitoring should allow detection, understanding and potential management of these changes.