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    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Park Ranger Programs

Whether you seek a short interaction or plan to fill multiple days attending these programs, park rangers are here to help you understand, appreciate and take care of your park. Programs are typically offered from late May or early June until mid-September.

With the exception of Discovery Hikes, all ranger hikes, sled dog demonstrations, campground programs and other talks in Denali are free and do not require you to sign up in advance. Discovery Hikes are technically free, but will likely require you to purchase a bus ticket and you must sign up for them in advance.
Hike with a Ranger
Each summer, Denali rangers lead a variety of walks and hikes. In some programs, the group hikes on trails, while others - our off-trail "Discovery Hikes" - occur in the wilderness and are comparatively more difficult.

Our current Discovery Hike Offerings (PDF 383K) are available.

Sit with a Ranger
Ranger talks are offered throughout the park. Ranger talks in park campgrounds and visitor centers are a good way to learn more about the park. You should also take in one of our sled dog demonstrations, where a ranger chats about the history and purpose of sled dogs in Denali before hopping on a sled to do a loop around a gravel track with a dog team.

Our current Campground Program Offerings (PDF 155K) are available

Our current Theater Program Offerings (PDF 359K) are available

Other Naturalist and Education Programs

Our partner non-profit association, Alaska Geographic, also offers a variety of programs for visitors

  • Evening speaker series - 7 pm science presentations, multiple evenings per week from late May through early September
  • Side of Science series - 12 pm lunchtime presentations or short films with a park science focus, daily from June through August
  • Field courses - Multi-day, hands-on field courses instructed by park scientists and talented educators, June through September
2014 Program Starting Dates

Evening Campground Programs
(7:30 pm start, 45 minute duration)

  • Riley Creek: Daily, starting May 30
  • Savage River: Weekends (Friday through Sunday), starting May 30
  • Teklanika River: Daily, starting May 30
  • Wonder Lake: Day, starting June 8

Walks and Hikes

  • Horseshoe Lake Hike: 10 am daily, starting June 8
  • McKinley Station Walk: 1 pm daily, starting June 1
  • Eielson Stroll: 1 pm daily, starting June 1
  • Eielson Alpine Hike: Noon daily, starting June 1
  • Discovery Hike: Daily, starting June 8

Sled Dog Demonstrations

  • 10 am daily, starting May 20
  • 2 pm daily, starting May 15
  • 4 pm daily, starting June 1

Visitor Center Theater Programs

  • 9 am daily, starting June 4
  • 2 pm daily, starting June 11

Did You Know?

a two-story wood building

The visitor center at Denali National Park and Preserve received an award for its environmentally friendly design. Some of the center features are built with renewable and recycled materials, as well as locally found materials.