A variety of ranger-led walks and hikes are offered throughout the park. Joining a ranger is an excellent way to learn more about Denali.
While on a guided walk, you will experience the park with all your senses. You may or may not see wildlife, but you will certainly see signs of their passing. You will also see the indelible traces of winter, the dominant season that shapes all life in the subarctic.
Ranger-led hikes are offered from mid-May to mid-September each year. Check our event calendar for specific dates (updated each spring for the coming summer). Trail descriptions are below; you may also want to check out a map of hiking trails in the park.
American Sign LanguageOur goal is to provide American Sign Language interpretation, when requested, for all ranger programs. Denali is very remote, however, so please request ASL interpretation as early as you can to ensure that we can accommodate your request!
Morning Nature WalkJoin a ranger for a walk on one of trails that originate at the Denali Visitor Center, mile 1.5 on the Park Road. Parking is available at the center. No sign-up is required - simply arrive at the center a few minutes before the walk begins. The trail route varies depending on the season and conditions.
The walk is an easy pace, though trail slope does change from easy to moderate at various points. In wet weather, the trails can be muddy in some areas.
The Eielson Stroll is offered at Eielson Visitor Center. The center is located at Mile 66 on the Denali Park Road, and is accessible by any Kantishna, Wonder Lake or Eielson transit bus. Choose a bus that arrives at Eielson Visitor Center well in advance. The stroll is at a leisurely pace. Expect to spend forty-five minutes to an hour exploring the trail with a ranger.
Last updated: January 19, 2021