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    Denali

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station

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The Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station is the beginning point for all mountaineering expeditions.
NPS Photo / Kent Miller
 
Located on B Street in Talkeetna, about 100 miles south of the entrance to Denali National Park, this ranger station is the home of Denali's mountaineering rangers. Expeditions to Mt. McKinley and Mt. Foraker must stop here for their permit and mountain orientation.

The center also offers general park information, climbing information for the Alaska Range, summer interpretive programs, and a bookstore. It is named in honor of Walter Harper, the first person to summit Mount McKinley.

Hours of operation
Mid-April to Labor Day, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Remainder of year, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Contact information
Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station
P.O. Box 588
Talkeetna, AK 99676
907 733-2231

e-mail us, read our mountaineering information, or learn about educational opportunities at the ranger station

Did You Know?

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Warmer temperatures have led to dramatic thawing of permafrost. Thaw releases carbon, as once-frozen materials decompose, but allows increased plant growth. Researchers in Denali are studying whether thawing permafrost will increase or decrease world-wide carbon emissions.