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Denali National Park Denali National Park and Preserve
Where is it at?
Denali National Park
Denali National Park and Preserve
The entrance is along Alaska Hey 3 and is about 240 miles north of Anchorage.
Where are we going today?
You might need more than a day to explore six million acres of incredibly wild lands! Denali National Park is a beautiful, tranquil and secluded part of Alaska - and it's simply stunning!
With one road to travel along, you can explore the low elevation forests, the alpine tundra or the crisp white snowy mountains. It is also home to North America's tallest peak - Mount McKinley! (Standing at over 20,000 feed!)
If it's wildlife you love, then Denali National Park is certainly a place you will love! There are animals large, and small - and this is an experience you will never get in a zoo. They roam how they have done for thousands of years, and will continue to live for years to come.
The park is open year round, and there are activities suitable for all athletic levels. However, keep in mind that winter can be challenging!
During summer, you can hike along the trails, or explore off the beaten track a little bit if you want to be a bit more daring!
Sled dogs have been an important part of Alaskan life for a very long time, so why not stop and say hi tot he dogs during your time there! Daily during summer you can join one of their ranger-led demonstrations, and in winter you can actually discover some fun adventures of the rangers!
Winter also brings shoe-shoeing and skiing, just to name a few amazing ways to see the park!
If you are REALLY adventurous, why not head out backpacking in the national park, or climb some of the mountains. But make sure before you head out you have experience and are fully prepared.
Denali National Park is a true unspoilt North American beauty!
When can we go?
Visitor Center open Summer 8am - 6pm / Winter 9am - 4:30pm
All year round
There are so many adventures for students! The park can help you with kids camps, lesson plans and field trips. Make Denali your classroom! .
Any Top Tips?
Pets are welcome, but must be leashed at all times! .
Need a little extra help?
While the park is trying to make the area as accessible as possible, there are some obstacles because of the remoteness of the region. Call ahead to check on your specific situation. .
What people are saying?
by John Hicks
A beautiful place. We were there in July 2013 - saw the sights, took lots of pictures, and bought a T-shirt. A true American vacation. If you ever have the change to go, GO!!! Although I'm not sure it would be a good place to be in say, January.
by Joelle Gehring
Denali! wow!! amazing!!! I will return! Thank you for your work National Park Service!
by Karen Kelley
Went to Denali mid august 2014, what a wonderful time our family had. Having 4 and 6 years old boys with us during the trip we were worried it might be to much for them but, we were incorrect. With all the different trails the boys had a great time. The camping area was clean and where we took shower was spotless. The people working were helpful and friendly. It was a great vacation and we will do it again, the park is so big you can never see it all.
by Melissa D.
- Upper Teklanika River, Backcountry Unit 6
- Northern Lighrs
by JO Harmon
Never took the bus..cancelled, no refunds. Ate the $ loss--long-g-g bus trip was described by many as just very uncomfortable and the place was so crowded. LOVED the rest of our Alaska trip in a rented RV. Alaska has PLENTY of extraordinary places to visit and enjoy…as for Denali--- just drive in the distance allowed..stay as long as you want at the end point and hike around. Animals and vistas are wonderful along the way, and you are independent of the very structured park bus rules. (Think old school bus..all day trip.)