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 and the Kantishna Experience Tour, 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. 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

Ride with a Ranger
Twice a day in peak season (June 8 - mid-September), rangers join visitors who are on a Kantishna Experience Tour. The ranger joins you at Wonder Lake and is with you for a few hours in the middle of your bus trip.

Other Naturalist and Education Programs

Our partner non-profit association, Alaska Geographic, also offers a variety of programs for visitors. Other than field courses, these programs occur at the Murie Science and Learning Center.

  • 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

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