Eielson Visitor Center – Denali National Park
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Lat34North
N 63° 25.877 W 150° 18.648
5V E 634171 N 7036459
Quick Description: The Eielson Visitor Center is located on Park Road inside the Denali National Park. Park road is a dirt road with no guard rail and is closed to private vehicles. You have to take a tour bus on one of the Nation Park busses to get there.
Location: Alaska, United States
Date Posted: 9/8/2013 4:33:33 PM
Waymark Code: WMJ1BR
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
This is an interactive 3D model of the Alaskan Mountain range. The model shows the various routes that climber have used to reach the summit of Mount McKinley. The Eielson Visitor Center is one of the stops for the tour busses operated by local businesses and well as the busses run by the National Park Services. The facilities include restrooms and a water fountain that is specially designed to refill water bottles. Located at mile 66 on Park Road.

From the NPS web site: The Eielson Visitor Center
In the shadow of Mt. McKinley

Since 1934, some kind of visitor facility has existed along Eielson Bluffs. The first facility was a tent camp called Camp Eielson, and named after pioneer Alaskan aviator Carl Ben Eielson. In 1960, after four years of design and construction, an interpretive center and rest stop opened and replaced the tent camp.

Sporadic expansion and rehabilitation occurred in the decades after the 1960 opening, but visitor use outgrew the small center and, in 2004, the old Eielson Visitor Center closed for four years of demolition and sustainable reconstruction. The center re-opened in 2008.

Regardless of the structure, the area has always been famous for its amazing views of Mt. McKinley on clear days, and it is not uncommon to see wildlife on the surrounding hillsides.

How to get here, and what there is to do

Located at Mile 66 on the Park Road, you can reach Eielson Visitor Center with any shuttle bus except the Toklat shuttle, or with the Kantishna Experience tour bus.

Park rangers at Eielson are ready to answer your questions, provide information, or just spend a few minutes chatting as you take a break from the bus. Several ranger programs are offered throughout the day from Eielson.

There is a small gallery of art inspired by Denali's wilderness and wildlife in this visitor center. Meanwhile, the views from Eielson are likely to inspire you, particularly on a clear day, when Mt. McKinley dominates the view to the southwest.

Two trails exist at Eielson, one a short loop and the other a strenuous path up Thorofare Ridge. You are also welcome to hike off-trail.

Please remember that there is no food service in the park - bring all your food and beverages with you. You can, however, re-fill water bottles at Eielson.

Opening date: June 1, 2013
Closing date: September 16, 2013
Daily hours: 9 am - 7 pm

Learn more about bus trips
Learn about ranger programs
Learn about day hiking
View a map of trails around Eielson

View of the 3D Map Models of the Alaskan Mountain Range.

Hours of Operation:
Opening date: June 1, 2013 Closing date: September 16, 2013 Daily hours: 9 am - 7 pm

Public Washrooms: Mens, Womens, Family and Handicapped

Snacks/Drinks at the facility: No - Look elsewhere

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