Park Ranger Programs

Whether you seek a short interaction or plan to fill multiple days attending these programs, park rangers are here to help you understand, appreciate and take care of your park. Programs are typically offered from late May or early June until mid-September.

With the exception of Discovery Hikes and the Kantishna Experience Tour, all ranger hikes, sled dog demonstrations, campground programs and other talks in Denali are free and do not require you to sign up in advance. Discovery Hikes are technically free, but will likely require you to purchase a bus ticket and you must sign up for them in advance.
 
 


Other Naturalist and Education Programs

Our partner non-profit association, Alaska Geographic, also offers a variety of programs for visitors. Other than field courses, these programs occur at the Murie Science and Learning Center.

  • Evening speaker series - 7 pm science presentations, multiple evenings per week from late May through early September
  • Side of Science series - 12 pm lunchtime presentations or short films with a park science focus, daily from June through August
  • Field courses - Multi-day, hands-on field courses instructed by park scientists and talented educators, June through September


Ranger Programs: Frequency and Start Dates

Time
Program Name
Frequency
Location
8 am
Discovery Hike
Daily, starting June 8
Varies
10 am
Nature Walk
Daily, starting May 15 Denali Visitor Center
10 am
Sled Dog Demonstration
Daily, May 20 - Sep 15
Park Kennels*
10 am
Chalet ProgramMondays only, May 23 - Sep 14
McKinley Chalet Resort***
12 pm
Alpine Hike
Daily, Jun 1 - Sep 14
Eielson Visitor Center**
1 pm
Hike to the Park Kennels
Daily, starting June 1
Denali Visitor Center
1 pm
Eielson Stroll
Daily, Jun 1 - Sep 14
Eielson Visitor Center**
2 pm
Sled Dog Demonstration
Daily, May 15 - Sep 20
Park Kennels*
3:30 pm
Chalet Program Tue - Sat, May 18 - Sep 20
McKinley Chalet Resort***
4 pm
Sled Dog Demonstration
Daily, Jun 1 - Sep 5
Park Kennels*
7:30 pm
Riley Creek Campground Program
Daily, starting date May 20 - ending Sep 14
Riley Creek Campground
7:30 pm
Savage River Campground Program
Daily, starting date May 20 - ending Sep 14
Savage River Campground
7:30 pm
Teklanika River Campground
Daily, starting date May 20 - ending Sep 14
Teklanika River Campground
7:30 pm
Wonder Lake Campground
Daily, Jun 8 - Sep 14
Wonder Lake Campground


Notes: Programs entail being at the proper location at the times indicated.

* Getting to the kennels typically involves arriving at the Denali Visitor Center 45 minutes before a sled dog demo begins.

** Programs at Eielson Visitor Center require a shuttle bus trip of roughly four hours, so choose a departure that gets you to the facility before a given program is set to begin.

*** The Chalet Amphitheater is located outside of the park. To get there you can take a free shuttle from the Denali Visitor Center or drive a private vehicle to the McKinley Chalet Resort, about 1.5 miles north of the park entrance on Highway 3.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 9
Denali Park, AK 99755

Phone:

(907) 683-9532
General park information. The phone is answered 9 am - 4 pm daily, except on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. If you reach the voicemail, please leave a message with your number and we'll call you back as soon as we finish helping the visitor on the line ahead of you.

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