Denali National Park

Bear Viewing, Wildlife Viewing, Flightseeing, Kantishna

Alaska’s Denali National Park is located 238 miles north of Anchorage and 120 miles south of Fairbanks and is larger than the state of Massachusetts. This iconic U.S. national park is also one of the world’s last great frontiers for wilderness adventure. Mount McKinley (now officially renamed its Athabascan name “Denali” meaning the “high one”) is North America’s highest peak at 20,320 feet. Its impressive vertical relief of 18,000 feet is even greater than that of Mount Everest and towers over the other mountains in the Alaska Range.

During their Denali National Park tour, many people discover more than they expected. 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 makes 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. With the exception of a few lodges situated within the park, most of Denali’s hotels and activities are found near the park entrance, including opportunities for hiking, river rafting and helicopter flightseeing tours. The main Denali Visitors Center at the park entrance, is open from approximately 8 am to 6 pm daily during the summer months. 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 located 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 the majority of the Denali park entrance hotels, as well as the Wilderness Access Center. For visitors interested in viewing wildlife, no trip to Denali would be complete without a bus tour into the park.

For those wishing to escape deeper into the wilderness of Denali, several remote lodges are located within the park. All of these lodges offer all-inclusive overnight stays with comfortable accommodations in cabin or motel style buildings. They are less luxurious than some of the park-entrance hotels but have modern amenities and are tastefully decorated. All of 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 and its sister property the North Face Lodge are on rises with great views of Denali.  All of these lodges are a great way to get a more in depth Denali wilderness experience.

Find out what you can discover on a visit to Denali National Park:

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Duration: 8 Days
Starting at: $1599 / per person

Designed for a lower budget, this self drive tour features two popular National Parks, Kenai Fjords and Denali. Enjoy stunning drives along scenic Alaska highways. You explore Kenai... Read more.

Duration: 5 Days
Starting at: $1039 / per person

Explore Alaska’s Interior Region, traveling southbound on the Alaska Railroad from Fairbanks to Denali before continuing on to Anchorage.  A guided bus trip into Denali... Read more.

Duration: 9 Days
Starting at: $2689 / per person

Designed for rail enthusiasts, this program includes Anchorage to Seward, Talkeetna, Denali and Fairbanks. From the majestic waters of Kenai Fjords National Park to Alaska’s... Read more.

Duration: 11 Days
Starting at: $3299 / per person

See all the best places: Anchorage, Seward, Kenai Fjords National Park, Denali National Park, Talkeetna and Fairbanks in a relaxed pace. Sit back and enjoy the scenery as you travel... Read more.

Duration: 6 Days
Starting at: $4069 / per person

Travel first class! Focusing on visiting Denali National Park with a wilderness lodge stay, this deluxe independent tour is perfect as pre or post cruise program. It captures the... Read more.

Duration: 3 Days
Starting at: $999 / per person

Caribou Lodge is an Alaska wilderness lodge located on a remote lake above the timberline in the Talkeetna Mountains, just southeast of Denali National Park and east of Talkeetna.... Read more.

Duration: 7 Days
Starting at: $2109 / per person

Enjoy a Glacier Cruise in Prince William Sound and see Denali National Park. Travel aboard the Alaska Railroad and discover local highlights in each Alaska town you visit. From a... Read more.