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.
Sit with a Ranger
Ranger talks are offered throughout the park. Daily programs in the visitor center theater and nightly programs in park campgrounds 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.
Other Naturalist Programs
Our partner non-profit association, Alaska Geographic, also offers a variety of naturalist programs throughout the park.
Did You Know?
Denali provides a special opportunity to study a large, intact and naturally-functioning ecosystem. Researchers can monitor climate change in Denali and contribute to larger-scale climate monitoring and management efforts.