Rangers to 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 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, November 25, 2006. Participants 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 take place on or near trails in the park’s entrance area, providing opportunities for visitors 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 the hike are encouraged to bring their own equipment. The programs will last for 2-3 hours. Participants are advised to dress warmly and to 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 family 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. Federal recreation passports such as the Golden Age, Golden Access, Golden Eagle Hologram, National Parks Pass and the Denali annual pass are also valid for entry into the park.
The snowshoe hikes will not take place in conditions colder than -10ºF. The Murie Science and Learning Center will be closed on November 23, December 24 - 25, and December 31 – January 1. 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. at (907) 683-2294 or on the park website at www.nps.gov/dena.
Did You Know?
Nearly 500 vegetation plots have been installed in Denali, to monitor climate change. Warmer temperatures allow woody plants to grow at higher elevations, invading the fragile and unique plants already in high alpine tundra - and threatening the animals that depend on those specialized plants.