December 9, 2015
Contact: Lynn McAloon
, (907) 683-6381
Join rangers at the Murie Science and Learning Center (Winter Visitor Center) to ski, snowshoe or stroll on a snowy winter trail lit by luminaries. The event is family-friendly and trails are appropriate for all levels of skiing or snowshoeing ability. Hot drinks and a campfire will be provided for the event. Parking is available at the Murie Science and Learning Center (Winter Visitor Center).
People should bring warm clothes, a headlamp, and skis, snowshoes, or warm boots. Snowshoes are available for loan at the center free of charge. The route will be approximately 1 mile and will go through the Spruce and Morino trails. For safety, the loops will be one-way. People can make several loops if they'd like more mileage. A fireplace inside the Murie Science and Learning Center will provide a place to warm up during the event. Indoor restrooms will also be available.
If temperatures drop below -20, the event may be postponed.
A luminary or ice lantern can be a mold, filled with water and frozen. After the outside has frozen it creates a cavity perfect for a candle. Some are also made with a small paper grocery bags and a candle. We will have examples of both at the event. Fire and ice radiating in the night will illuminate the trails.
Throughout the winter, camping in the Bear Loop of Riley Creek Campground is free on a first-come basis. The Murie Science and Learning Center (Winter Visitor Center) is open daily 9 am - 4:30 pm, except on major holidays. Trail maps, exhibits, park films and snow shoe check out are available at the visitor center. Gas, food and lodging are available year-round in the communities of Healy and Cantwell.