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Celebrate National Trails Day in Denali on June 2, 2018

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News Release Date: May 23, 2018

Contact: Katherine Belcher, (907) 683-9583

Have you ever wondered how much work goes into maintaining trails in Denali National Park? Join us in celebrating National Trails Day and working on the trail system near the Riley Creek Day Use Area and the Triple Lakes Trail.

Volunteers will assist the trail crew lop, cut and haul brush and perform routine maintenance. Volunteers may choose from a variety of projects ranging from easy to difficult, depending on skill and comfort levels. This is a great opportunity to learn how trails are built and maintained in a sub-arctic environment and enjoy a beautiful area that provides habitat for a variety of wildlife. Participants should expect a moderate hike between two and four miles over uneven terrain.

How to Participate

The trail crew will meet volunteers at 9 a.m. at the Riley Creek Day Use Area, located near the park entrance. Participants should bring a daypack with water, lunch, snacks and clothing layers, including rain gear. The NPS will provide tools and safety equipment. Volunteers should return to the parking lot by 2 p.m.

Every volunteer will receive thank-you gifts and each adult will receive a bus voucher for a future bus ride into the park. Volunteers who need to stay overnight may request a wall tent in the park’s administrative camp or a campsite in Riley Creek Campground. To request overnight accommodations, or for additional event details, contact the Denali National Park Volunteer Office at 907-683-9504.
National Trails Day is the kickoff for a variety of volunteer events scheduled in the park this summer. The “Dandelion Demolition” to dig up invasive exotic plants will be June 23 and “Need for Seed” (collecting native seeds for future restoration projects) will be August 11.

Last updated: May 24, 2018

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PO Box 9
Denali Park, AK 99755


(907) 683-9532
A ranger is available 9 am—4 pm daily (except on major holidays). If you get to the voicemail, please leave a message and we'll call you back as soon as we finish with the previous caller.

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