Walks and Hikes

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 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!

Morning Nature Walk

Join 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.

  • Times: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
  • Dates offered: June 1—September 12. Check at the visitor center for details.
  • Duration: Varies, but generally around two hours.
  • Difficulty: Easy to moderate
  • Distance: Varies; up to 3 miles round-trip
  • Highlights: Explore the taiga ecosystem; this habitat is home to the red squirrel, moose, spruce grouse and a wide variety of flowers or berries depending on the season.
  • Elevation change: Varies, up to ~250 feet
  • Grade: Generally from 0% to 8%, potential for 25% in a limited section
  • Width: 60 - 72 inches
  • Surface: Well compacted gravel for much of the hike, some sections of native soils with roots and rocks


Eielson Stroll

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.

  • Start time: Noon, daily. Use the transit bus schedule to identify which buses will reach the center in time for the hike. Generally speaking, any departure before 7:30 am from the Denali Bus Depot will get to Eielson Visitor Center in time. The stroll lasts about 45 minutes.
  • Dates offered: June 1—mid-September
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 0.5 miles
  • Highlights: High-alpine tundra, tremendous views of Denali on clear days, and chances to see large mammals such as grizzly bears and caribou
  • Elevation change: Negligible
  • Surface: Well-compacted gravel


Last updated: August 25, 2021

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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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