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About Ranger-led Hikes and Talks at Denali National Park & Preserve

Let us be your guide. Rangers at Denali offer a variety of programs, ranging from the very active - such as guided hikes, like our all-day Discovery Hikes - to the relaxed - such as talks in campgrounds. Be sure to check out our most unique program, daily demonstrations in the park sled dog kennels.

Activities include:

  • Evening campground programs at Riley Creek, Savage River, and Teklanika River Campgrounds. Talks also occur in Savage River Campground on weekends (Friday through Sunday).
  • Visitor Center talks, from early June through September. 
  • Demonstrations in the park sled dog kennels, three times a day most of the summer
  • Trail hikes starting from both the Denali Visitor Center and Eielson Visitor Center
  • Off-trail "Discovery Hikes," lasting all day and exploring the rugged backcountry of the park.

2018 Ranger Programs

Duration and other details about each of these programs can be found on the relevant webpage for each program type, as linked below.

Program Name
8 am
Discovery Hike
Daily, June 8—September 3
10 am
Nature Walk
Daily, May 27—September 19
Denali Visitor Center
10 am
Sled Dog Demonstration
Daily, May 20—Sep 13
Park Kennels*
10 am
Ranger Talk
Mondays only, May 22—September 18
McKinley Chalet Resort***
1 pm
Eielson Stroll
Daily, Jun 1—Sep 14
Eielson Visitor Center**
2 pm
Sled Dog Demonstration
Daily, May 15—Sep 18
Park Kennels*
3:30 pm
Ranger Talk
Daily, Jun-Sep 19
McKinley Chalet Resort***
4 pm
Sled Dog Demonstration
Daily, Jun 1—Sep 3
Park Kennels*
7 30 pm
Evening Campground Program
May 20—Sep 17
Riley Creek Campground, Savage River, Teklanika River and Wonder Lake Campgrounds. Please look for flyers in each campground for program frequency.

Notes: Programs entail being at the proper location at the times indicated. 


* Getting to the kennels for a ranger 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.

** 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 shuttle 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.

Date & Time Everyday from 05/15/2018 to 09/19/2018

Location: Various locations 

Fee Information: free

Contact Name: Denali Park Information

Contact Phone Number: (907) 683-9532