Denali National Park, AK

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Denali which includes views and mountains as well as a small group of people

This vast Alaskan wilderness of rock and ice includes hiking trails, grizzly and black bears and the highest mountain in North America.

Take a wild Alaskan adventure through Denali National Park and Preserve’s 6 million acres (2.4 million hectares). This enormous subarctic landscape of glaciers, mountains and forests surrounds Denali, North America’s highest peak, formerly known as Mount McKinley. Rising 20,320 feet (6,194 meters), the park’s centerpiece is often shrouded in clouds. Build time into your plans to let clouds clear for the best view.

To protect the wildlife and terrain, park traffic is restricted. Only one road leads into Denali, the 92-mile (148-kilometer) Denali Park Road. The first 15 miles (24 kilometers) are paved and can be accessed by all vehicles. Walk, bike or take the bus to venture farther along the road and deeper into the park.

Two types of bus lines serve Denali. Informal shuttle buses let you hop on and off anywhere along their routes. Tour buses provide narration and stop at designated places. Visit Denali National Park’s official website for timetables and ticket prices.

Explore the park on foot, a great way to enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Select from numerous trails ranging from moderate to strenuous. One popular walk for experienced hikers is the Mount Healy Overlook Trail, an arduous trek taking 3 to 4 hours. An easier choice is the Savage River Loop Trail, a moderate 2-mile (3-kilometer) walk. Hiking off trail is also possible; obtain a permit in person no more than a day before you begin your journey.

Many people come to Denali to see the wildlife. Among the animals that roam freely here are grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, caribou, moose and Dall sheep.

Camp under the stars in a designated campsite or pitch a tent almost anywhere in the wilderness. Alternatively, stay at a lodge.

The park is 240 miles (390 kilometers) north of Anchorage and 120 miles (190 kilometers) south of Fairbanks. Both cities have airports. The entrance to the park is located along Alaska Highway 3.

Access Denali National Park and Preserve year-round, but be prepared for unpredictable weather. Winters are long and very cold, with heavy snowfall, while summers are damp and cool. Some trails close during winter.

McKinley Creekside Cabins
McKinley Creekside Cabins
2.5 out of 5
Mile 224 George Parks Hwy, Denali National Park, AK
Situated in a rural location, this cabin is within 16 mi (25 km) of Denali National Park, Wilderness Access Center, and Denali National Park Visitors Center. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (318 reviews)
"The cabins are great and the cafe is amazing! The people are friendly and helpful and the grounds are fantastic! There is a fire pit and corn hole - you can sit and make s’mores or have coffee by the creek! The cabins are well appointed and comfortable and warm! I would highly recommend staying ..."

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2021

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Denali Crow's Nest Cabins
Denali Crow's Nest Cabins
3 out of 5
238.5 George Parks Hwy, Denali National Park, AK
Situated in a national park, this cabin is steps from Denali National Park Visitors Center and Wilderness Access Center. Black Diamond Golf Course and Stampede ...
4/5 Very Good! (185 reviews)
"The front desk staff were extremely friendly and accommodating!"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2021

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Denali Bluffs Hotel
Denali Bluffs Hotel
3 out of 5
Mile 238 4 George Parks Hwy, Denali National Park, AK
Situated in the mountains, this hotel is steps from Denali National Park Visitors Center and Wilderness Access Center. Black Diamond Golf Course and Stampede ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (415 reviews)
"Property overall is beautiful. Views off our balcony were stunning and room was nicely updated. Other reviewers are right though- walls are THIN. We could hear our upstairs neighbors any time they made the slightest movement at any hour. Only microwave is in a shared laundry room, not ideal- would ..."

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

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Denali Bluffs Hotel
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McKinley Creekside Cabins
McKinley Creekside Cabins
2.5 out of 5
Mile 224 George Parks Hwy, Denali National Park, AK
Situated in a rural location, this cabin is within 16 mi (25 km) of Denali National Park, Wilderness Access Center, and Denali National Park Visitors Center. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (318 reviews)
"The cabins are great and the cafe is amazing! The people are friendly and helpful and the grounds are fantastic! There is a fire pit and corn hole - you can sit and make s’mores or have coffee by the creek! The cabins are well appointed and comfortable and warm! I would highly recommend staying ..."

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2021

McKinley Creekside Cabins
Denali Crow's Nest Cabins
Denali Crow's Nest Cabins
3 out of 5
238.5 George Parks Hwy, Denali National Park, AK
Situated in a national park, this cabin is steps from Denali National Park Visitors Center and Wilderness Access Center. Black Diamond Golf Course and Stampede ...
4/5 Very Good! (185 reviews)
"The front desk staff were extremely friendly and accommodating!"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2021

Denali Crow's Nest Cabins
Denali Perch Resort
Denali Perch Resort
3 out of 5
Mile 224 Parks Highway, Denali National Park, AK
Situated near the airport, this cabin is within 16 mi (25 km) of Denali National Park, Wilderness Access Center, and Denali National Park Visitors Center. Black ...
3.7/5 Good! (345 reviews)
"Short walk to the bathroom. You need to pull the handle up to get out of the toilet stall."

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

Denali Perch Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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