Get Out There01/23/2013 at 12:00 AM AKST

With the grasp of winter fully upon us here in the Alaskan interior you might want to embrace one of those long day dreams about getting out and enjoying the beautiful area that we live in. With a few smartly added layers and some good ol’ gumption, getting out there is a lot easier than you might think.  For instance Denali National Park, Alaska offers many adventurous things to do in the winter season http://www.nps.gov/dena/planyourvisit/winter-activities.htm.

From cross country skiing to mushing to snow shoeing there are so many things to enjoy. I put this notion to the test when I went to Denali Nation Park and dropped into the Murie Science and Learning Center, directly across Park road (the Murie building acts as the visitor center in the winter months). The staff at the Murie building is very helpful and willing to take the time to explain what to do and where to go and in no time at all I had signed for my snow shoes, which are free to the public on a first come first serve basis.

I took a moment to view some of the outstanding displays they have explaining a good deal of the science that surrounds Denali before I stepped out of the building and into a wonderful winter wonderland. I made my way through the terrain to some of the most awe inspiring nature scenes one can see anywhere in the world. It might be winter and it might be a bit cold outside but it is still beautiful and fun and the Murie Science Center has a fire place to warm you up once you return from your excursions. So don’t be afraid to get out there and enjoy the great things that a short trip down the road to Denali offers.

  • Mountains
  • Displays
  • Headed Back
  • Fireplace

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