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Note: Ranger programs in Denali are mainly offered in the summer, from May 20 through the middle of September. Some weekend ranger walks and special programs are available in fall, winter, or spring—check our event calendar to see if anything is scheduled for when you plan to visit.

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.

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.

American Sign Language

Our 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!

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 on Friday evenings throughout the summer. Some weeks feature a second evening talk as well.
  • Field courses
    Multi-day, hands-on field courses instructed by park scientists and talented educators, June through September


Ranger Program Schedules

As you look through the calendar below, keep the following notes in mind:

  • Getting to the kennels for a summer sled dog program involves arriving at the Denali Visitor Center 45 minutes before a sled dog demo begins. There is no parking available at the kennels, so park at the visitor center (if you have a car) and ride a free bus to the demonstration. Alternatively, you can walk the Rock Creek (~2 miles, 90 minutes) or Roadside Trail (~1.5 miles, 60 minutes) from the visitor center to the kennels.
  • Summer 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 bus 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.
  • Most ranger-led programs occur daily from May through September. Some weekend ranger programs are available in October and from February through May, and special programs or events may occur at any time.

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Last updated: September 17, 2019

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Mailing Address:

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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