All About Denali Park | From The Denali Summer Times
Talkeetna has a ranger station where they give presentations about monitoring and helping climbers on Mt. McKinley and other mountains in Denali Park. Photo, Northcountry
Visitor Centers In The Park 1. Denali Park Visitor Center The Denali Park Visitor Center offers the following: Ranger Information Desk Ranger-Guided Walks Displays & Exhibits About Denali Short Feature Film On Denali Book Store Junior Ranger Program Bus Schedules. It is open from 8 am to 6 pm. 2. Backcountry Information Center The Backcountry Center is off to the side of the Wilderness Access Center in the back parking lot. It is open from 9-6. You have to go here to get a backcountry hiking permit. Everybody in your group must complete a permitting process, which takes at least an hour. The most common complication hikers face is that they don't leave enough time to go through the registration, get a map, buy a ticket and catch the "camper" bus. So the basic advice is to get here ahead of schedule. 3. Murie Science and Learning Center This building functions as the winter visitor center for Denali Park. It has an exhibit area. The main purpose is to be a hub for scientific research that is going on in Alaska's national parks. In the summer, the center offers courses, teacher training and other activities. For instance, in the summer of 2011 a course about Denali's bears is being offered. The Murie Science and Learning Center has a web site. It is open from 9:30 am to 5 pm.
4. Eielson Visitor Center This new building has a great view of Mt. McKinley. This is a common bus destination at Mile 66 on the Park Road. You can get water here but there isn't any food. It's a good place to go fairly early in the day because you can hike near here and the views are great. It is open from 9 am to 7 pm.
5. The Wilderness Access Center Many people mistake the Wilderness Access Center for a visitor center, and indeed it has a lot of information you will need. Strictly speaking it is more of a reservation and bus center. It has an information desk. It is open from 7 am to 7 pm.
Visitor Centers Outside The Park 1. Talkeetna Ranger Station Talkeetna is the mountaineering headquarters for the park. It is on B Street in Talkeetna. The Park Service says: "Expeditions to Mt. McKinley and Mt. Foraker must stop here for their permit and mountain orientation. The center also offers general park information, climbing information for the Alaska Range, summer interpretive programs, and a bookstore." From Mid-April to Labor Day it is open 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily.
2. Talkeetna Visitor Centers There are a couple of visitor and reservation centers in Talkeetna. 3. Healy Visitor Center Turn down the road by the Totem Inn in Healy and drive down to the log visitor center on the left. It is not always open.
4. Nenana Visitor Center This is one of the most personal visitor centers in Alaska. The flower-laden log cabin sits right on the corner as you get to Nenana. They have information for all of Alaska, as well as Nenana. Most travelers find Nenana a very interesting stop.
5. Fairbanks' Morris Thompson Cultural Center This is a must-stop for any traveler. This well-staffed facility has a diverse spectrum of information from many agencies as well as an amazing cultural museum display that gives tremendous insight into Interior Alaskan lifestyle and traditions.