Arrival at the Park: "Ask a Ranger"

Visitors asking a park ranger questions from their car at Denali National Park
Visitors checking in with a Park Ranger at Denali National Park & Preserve.

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Predeparture actions to consider: check in with your emergency contact, make sure you packed your permits and other paperwork, assign chaperones and buddy system; double check equipment, supply list, travel route, weather forecast and park alerts
Pre-Departure actions before leaving for the park and your adventure.

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When you arrive at the park, locate the Visitor Center or Ranger Station and ask a Park Ranger about:

• Closures or Postings - Are there any trails, campsites, or other areas closed or posted due to hazardous conditions that may change your planned itinerary?

• Hazards - Is there any fire or animal activity, high water from recent rain events, rock fall, or icy trails and routes? Are you visiting a historic structure with uneven steps, unleveled paths, or no barriers to protect you from falls?

• Weather Changes - Is there rain, wind, snow, or extreme temperatures (high or low) forecasted for the duration of your trip?
If a permit is required for your group or your activity, get the permit and pay any fees associated with it and read all regulations printed or stamped on it.
Check in with group members to find out if they are in good health and have the energy to do the planned activity.
Make sure that everyone has enough water and food and that you brought all the necessary equipment for your activity
Use Plan B if park conditions have changed, a group member’s health or fitness level is not optimal, or equipment is missing.
Check the forecast for the park at www.weather.gov
Check the weather forecast for the park before you go