Denali National Park

Bear Viewing, Wildlife Viewing, Flightseeing, Kantishna

Alaska’s Denali National Park is 238 miles north of Anchorage and 120 miles south of Fairbanks and is more significant than Massachusetts.  This iconic U.S. national park is also one of the world’s last great frontiers for wilderness adventure.  Mountain Denali is North America’s highest peak at 20,320 feet.  Denali is an Athabascan name and stands for the “high one.” Its impressive vertical relief of 18,000 feet is even greater than Mount Everest’s and towers over the other mountains in the Alaska Range.

Many people discover more than they expected during their Denali National Park tour.  Denali National Park’s sub-arctic ecosystem supports abundant wildlife, including the “big 5”: Grizzly bears, Dall sheep, caribou, moose, and wolves.  Denali’s tundra landscape fills with wildflowers, and migrating birds visit the region throughout the summer.  The park’s 6 million acres of wilderness make Denali an explorer’s paradise, and with a wide variety of accommodations, it is a perfect addition to any Alaska vacation.

Denali National Park’s summer operating season is from mid-May to mid-September.  Besides a few lodges within the park, most of Denali’s hotels and activities are near the park entrance, including hiking, river rafting, and helicopter flightseeing tours.  The primary Denali Visitors Center at the park entrance is open daily from approximately 8 am to 6 pm during summer.  The visitor center has an enormous amount of information about the park, including displays, maps, and short films.  Ranger-guided hikes leave directly from the center and vary in length and activity level.  The Denali National Park rail depot is just a short walk from the visitor center.  There are two other information centers in the park, Eielson and Toklat, and a Ranger Station is located in the small town of Talkeetna, approximately 153 miles south of the Denali park entrance.

The park has only one road extending 91 miles from the park entrance to Kantishna. Only 15 miles of the road are open to private vehicles.  The park has scheduled shuttle bus transportation as well as guided road tours.  The tour buses depart from most of the Denali Park entrance hotels and the Wilderness Access Center.  For visitors interested in viewing wildlife, no trip to Denali would be complete without a bus tour into the park.

Several remote lodges are located within the park for those wishing to escape more profound into the wilderness of Denali.  These lodges offer all-inclusive overnight stays with comfortable accommodations in cabin or motel-style buildings.  They are less luxurious than some park-entrance hotels but have modern and tastefully decorated amenities.  All the lodges offer guided hikes and nature programs for their overnight guests, and a couple offer meals using produce grown on-site.  Kantishna Roadhouse and Denali Backcountry Lodge are located at the very end of the park road, while Camp Denali is on the rise with great views of Denali.  These lodges are a great way to get a more in-depth Denali wilderness experience.

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