Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station

a brown-colored building amid trees, with several people in front of it
The Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station is the beginning point for all mountaineering expeditions.

NPS Photo / Kent Miller

Located on B Street in Talkeetna, about 100 miles south of the entrance to Denali National Park, this ranger station is the home of Denali's mountaineering rangers. Expeditions to Denali and Mt. Foraker must stop here for their permit and mountain orientation.

The center also offers general park information, climbing information for the Alaska Range, summer interpretive programs, and a bookstore. It is named in honor of Walter Harper, the first person to summit the Mountain.

Hours of operation
Mid-April to Labor Day, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Remainder of year, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Contact information
Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station
P.O. Box 588
Talkeetna, AK 99676
907 733-2231

e-mail us, read our mountaineering information, or learn about educational opportunities at the ranger station
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Mailing Address:

PO Box 9
Denali Park, AK 99755


(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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