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    National Park & Preserve Alaska

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  • Road Closure: Friday, September 26

    On Friday, September 26, a contractor will be working on a utility below the park road near Headquarters. Therefore, the road will be closed to all vehicle traffic at roughly Mile 3. The road will re-open on Saturday morning.

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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In 1908, Charles Sheldon – a hunter and naturalist – described in his journal the idea of a park that would allow visitors to enjoy the beauty he saw while visiting Alaska. In 1917 his vision became reality, with the creation of Mount McKinley National Park.