Denali
National Park & Preserve Alaska

Park Ranger Programs and Field Seminars

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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, 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.

 

Types of Ranger Programs in Denali

  • male ranger standing in front of several dogs while speaking to a group of people

    Sled Dog Demonstrations

    Learn about the historic and modern uses of Alaskan huskies in Denali.

  • a female ranger shows a group of people an object on a trail

    Ranger-Led Trail Hikes

    Join a ranger to explore the boreal forest on a hike from the Denali Visitor Center.

  • a female ranger speaking to a group of people seated around her in a forest clearing

    Ranger Talks

    Join a ranger at a campground or elsewhere for short, informative talks on all kinds of Denali-related topics.

  • People walking through a brushy landscape

    Off-Trail Discovery Hikes

    If you will be here for several days, consider signing up at the visitor center for an off-trail ranger hike.

 

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.

Family Science Activities

Daily open hours at the MSLC from 1–3 pm for families and other curious minds to explore science in Denali.

Evening speaker series

7 pm science presentations on Friday evenings throughout the summer.

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 sled dog demonstration involves arriving at the Denali Visitor Center 40 minutes before the 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 on the Roadside Hiking Trail (2 miles, ~1 hour) from the visitor center to the kennels.
  • 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.
  • Additional programs may be offered each day. Look for fliers or inquire at the Denali Visitor Center for ranger chats, afternoon walks, and special activities.
 

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Last updated: April 15, 2022

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 9
Denali Park , AK 99755

Phone:

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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