Denali National Park Visitor Information Centers
Visitor Information Centers
Only 33 miles from the summit of Denali, and at an elevation of 3300’, Eielson offers some of the most spectacular views of Denali (formerly Mt McKinley). There are many activities you can do here, including ranger-guided hikes up to nearby Thorofare Pass and self-guided expiration of the high-alpine tundra environment.
Built in 1939 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Wonder Lake historic ranger station was built to serve as quarters at the west end of the road. Today it primarilly serves visitors. The Park staff use additional structures for summer housing. The compact site has individual ranger bunkhouses, a headquarters building, a shop, a pump shed, and a few other miscellaneous small structures. Eight Park rangers are on site from mid-May to… ...more
The Denali National Park Visitors Center is actually more of a campus. The center itself is the main National Park Service welcome and information center and it is surrounded by other facilities that include a restaurant, bookstore/giftshop, bag check, bus stop and the Alaska Railroad depot.
From mid-September to mid-May, the Murie Science Learning Center serves as Denali National Park’s winter visitors’ center. It’s open from 9am to 4pm and provides an array of park exhibits and movies. You can talk with rangers about current trail conditions, borrow a pair of snowshoes, and get backcountry permits for overnight trips. Head out to explore trails from the center or drive a couple miles further up the park road to the Park… ...more