Know Before You Go

three hikers walk with packs through Denali National Park
Hikers in Denali National Park and Preserve. NPS Photo/Alex Vanderstuyf
Alaska’s vast wilderness areas offer a stunning reprieve from the bustle of daily life, but without proper preparation and information, you can easily put yourself in a dangerous situation. Be sure to read up before your trip, prepare for extreme and rapidly changing conditions, and let someone know of your plans ahead of time. Remote locations in Alaska’s parks carry an additional set of risks in that help is not immediately available should something go wrong. Satellite phones, adequate first-aid and survival gear, and a group member with experience in wilderness first-aid can significantly improve outcomes in an emergency situation. Read the NPS Know Before You Go trip planning principles, check the Alerts page for information about current conditions in the parks, and learn more from the sections below.
three hikers walk in the mountains in Denali National Park

Leave No Trace

Respect the land you love- learn about the principles of Leave No Trace and be a responsible steward of your national parks.

two people use a satellite phone standing on a rocky beach

Safety and Incident Reporting

Do you know how to report an incident or get help in an emergency?

Safety & Trip Planning

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    Last updated: October 12, 2017