Visitor services 2018


  • The Denali Visitor Center (DVC) will be open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; backcountry permitting will take place at the DVC. Visitors will be able to watch ‘Heartbeats of Denali’ on the hour and “Hiking the Denali Backcountry” (required viewing for backcountry permits) on the half hour. Note: Permitting is available one hour earlier than previous years.
  • Alaska Geographic Bookstore (DVC Campus) will be open 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (closing at 5:00 pm May 14th– May 27th). Dinosaur track, fossils and wolf skeleton from the Murie Science and Learning Center will be on display here.
  • The Backcountry Information Center (BIC) will not be open in summer 2018; permitting will take place at the Denali Visitor Center (DVC). We are using this time to evaluate visitor flow and the permitting process.
  • The Murie Science and Learning Center (MSLC) will be closed to the public from May 15th – September 9th. The building will be open during scheduled programs and programs, such as the evening Speaker Series.
  • The Kennels will be open to the public from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.
  • The Toklat Tent will be open 9:00 am to 7:00 pm as anAlaska Geographic bookstore. Alaska Geographic staff will be on hand for product sales and to be a point of contact in an emergency. NPS rangers will staff the Toklat Tent through June 1st when Eielson Visitor Center opens for the season.
  • The Eielson Visitor Center (EVC) will be open9:00 am to 5:30 pm. Restrooms and potable water will be available 24 hours a day.
  • New directional signs are in production and will be installed in the DVC Campus as phase 1 of the larger orientation and wayfinding plan to help visitors navigate the Park’s entrance area. This plan addresses deficiencies in visitor wayfinding and navigation within the park. Unified directional, orientation and site identification signs will be designed, produced and installed. Phase 2 will focus on trailheads and bus stops.
  • As part of the above plan, the Wilderness Access Center (WAC) is now called the Denali Bus Depot (Wilderness Access Center). Park staff is working with JV for consistency in language and design.
  • New Camper Bus pick up added at the Denali Visitor Center Bus Stop. Overnight parking will be allowed in the RV lot to vehicles associated with a backcountry permit.
  • Riley Creek Group Camp now available for non-commercial groups. Reserve this site through the Joint Venture Call Center 800-622-7275.
  • Extended hours at Morino Grill for Road Lottery.


  • Sled Dog Demonstrations –no change– 10:00 am (May 20th – September 13th), 2:00 pm (May 15th – September 18th), and 4:00 pm (June 1st – September 3rd).
  • Discovery Hikes – one offered per day (June 8th – September 3rd).
  • Campground programs – 7:30 pm at all four locations (Riley Creek, Savage, Teklanika, Wonder Lake); no change from years past except Riley, Savage and Teklanika will only be offered 2 times per week. When staffing allows we will add additional campground programs. Check schedules posted in campgrounds or at the DVC desk to see days offered and topics.
  • Ranger Talk at the Amphitheater in the Denali Square at the McKinley Chalet Resort –no change– Tuesday through Saturday at 3:30 pm and Mondays at 10:00 am (May 16th – September 20th). Open to general public.
  • Eielson Stroll at 1:00 pm; no change (June 1st – September 13th).
  • Check bulletin boards or ask a ranger about Ranger’s Choice or special programs such as short ranger chats, touch tables or walks. A morning walk will frequently be offered from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (noon) at the DVC. Visitors should meet the ranger at the visitor center front porch for this moderate nature walk.
  • An NPS Ranger is stationed at K’esugi Ken Campground for the summer as part of the collaboration with Alaska State Parks.
  • The Alpine Hike starting from the EVC will not be offered in summer 2018. This program serves a maximum of 11 people per day, is a trail that is easily navigated by visitors without a guide, and allows for maximum staffing efficiency of the Eielson Visitor Center.
  • The afternoon walk starting from the DVC will not be offered in summer 2018.
  • There will be no NPS provided programs in the community of Talkeetna during the summer 2018. Visitors should check with the Chamber of Commerce or Talkeetna Historical Society for offerings in the greater Talkeetna area.Education or school groups coming to the Talkeetna area should contact the Northern Susitna Institute to arrange activities for kids.

Note: we are still offering the Kantishna Experience bus tour in partnership with the Joint Venture and putting a ranger on the rails on Saturdays and every other Wednesday in partnership with Princess.


Special Events

  • There will be an array of Artist-in-Residence events in 2018; more information to come.
  • The Denali Music Festival will be held on Monday, July 23, 2018.