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Denali National ParkUnited States of America

Discover dramatic landscapes and some of the nation’s largest and most exciting wildlife in the heart of Alaska. 

Explore the glaciers and thick forests of Denali National Park and Preserve, where caribou and grizzlies thrive. View miles of ice fields and gaze in awe at North America’s highest mountain.

The park covers a staggering 6 million acres (2.4 million hectares). Follow the 92-mile-long (148-kilometer) park road. Drive your car the first 15-mile (24-kilometer) paved section to Savage River. Beyond that, take a shuttle or tour bus on rugged gravel roads. You’ll soon reach fields of thick forest. Breathe the fragrant air while you spot moose nibbling on branches of spruce and willow trees.

After about 9 miles (14 kilometers) you’ll see Mount McKinley standing majestically to the west. Known to local people as “the great one,” the snow-covered peak reaches 20,320 feet (6,190 meters) above sea level. Marvel at the impressive site and watch for the very top to emerge infrequently from cloud cover.

More than 650 species of flowers grow here. Notice as you climb that the birch forests of the lowlands begin to thin, replaced by vast open subalpine grassland. Spot caribou with extravagant antlers and watch for brown bears searching the icy water for fish.

Hop aboard tour buses departing regularly from scattered stations. Sable Pass, with tundra terrain, is a reliable place to see brown bears. One highlight of the magnificent scenery is Polychrome Overlook at the halfway point of the park road. From here, view glaciers and peer south toward the winding Toklat River.

Bike along the park road as it crosses five rivers and climbs 2,400 feet (730 meters) in elevation from the entrance. Whitewater raft on the Nenana River. Get a permit to backpack within the park.

Denali National Park and Preserve is open year-round although snow can cause winter roadblocks. Check conditions before you set off. The park is 240 miles (386 kilometers) north of Anchorage and 120 miles (193 kilometers) south of Fairbanks. Pay the park admission fee or purchase an interagency pass to visit any national park across the country. Find affordable adventure for all types of travelers at Denali and other U.S. national parks.

Top Hotels in Denali National Park

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 7.3 mi (11.7 km) from Denali National Park and within 16 mi (25 km) of Denali National Park Visitors Center and Wilderness ...

3.7/5Good! (293 reviews)

"Beautiful location and a nice getaway. There was some mix up with Expedia showing the site as pet friendly but after we booked the cabin the location notified us it was NOT pet friendly. We had to be moved to a dry cabin that had a shared bathroom/shower facility up the hill vs a cabin with a bathroom ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2020

Denali Perch Resort
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 Wilderness Access Center and Denali National Park Visitors Center. Denali National Park is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) ...

3.9/5Very Good! (261 reviews)

"This place is a gem. We have stayed two years in a row. The service is great. The views are spectacular from river view rooms. The grill has great food and the servers are always very knowledgable about the food and very friendly. The cafe has a great breakfast right now. Given the pandemic, this ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2020

Denali Bluffs Hotel
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 7.2 mi (11.6 km) from Denali National Park and within 16 mi (25 km) of Denali National Park Visitors Center and Wilderness ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (266 reviews)

"We stayed in the bigger lodge and the room was very comfortable! The cabins are placed near a river. The river sound was very relaxing and the walk within the camping ground was full of beautiful views of lovely houses and tons of colorful flowers. Also the bakery has amazing blueberry scones."…"

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2020

McKinley Creekside Cabins
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.

Vacation Rentals in Denali National Park

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 7.3 mi (11.7 km) from Denali National Park and within 16 mi (25 km) of Denali National Park Visitors Center and Wilderness ...

3.7/5Good! (293 reviews)

"Beautiful location and a nice getaway. There was some mix up with Expedia showing the site as pet friendly but after we booked the cabin the location notified us it was NOT pet friendly. We had to be moved to a dry cabin that had a shared bathroom/shower facility up the hill vs a cabin with a bathroom ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2020

Denali Perch Resort
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 7.2 mi (11.6 km) from Denali National Park and within 16 mi (25 km) of Denali National Park Visitors Center and Wilderness ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (266 reviews)

"We stayed in the bigger lodge and the room was very comfortable! The cabins are placed near a river. The river sound was very relaxing and the walk within the camping ground was full of beautiful views of lovely houses and tons of colorful flowers. Also the bakery has amazing blueberry scones."…"

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2020

McKinley Creekside Cabins
Denali Cabins
Denali Cabins
3 out of 5
Milepost 229 George Parks Highway, Denali National Park, AK

Situated near the airport, this cabin is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Denali National Park and within 12 mi (20 km) of Denali National Park Visitors Center and Wilderness ...

3.6/5Good! (66 reviews)

"Beautiful remote area of the world. Service was very good."…"

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2019

Denali Cabins
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.

Popular places to visit in Denali National Park

Denali
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Denali

4.5/5(51 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Denali, a popular green space in Denali National Park. Wander the area's riverfront or simply enjoy one of its top-notch restaurants.

Wilderness Access Center
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Wilderness Access Center

4.5/5(30 reviews)

After visiting Wilderness Access Center, make a plan to see the other sights and activities in McKinley Park. Wander the area's scenic parks or simply enjoy one of its top-notch restaurants.

Wonder Lake
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Wonder Lake

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Wonder Lake during your travels in Denali National Park. While you're in the area, wander around the natural setting.

Top things to do in Denali National Park

Denali Wilderness ATV Adventure
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Denali Wilderness ATV Adventure

$190
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Denali ATV Trailblazer Tour
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Denali ATV Trailblazer Tour

$275
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Classic Back Country ATV Adventure
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Classic Back Country ATV Adventure

$120
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
9-Hole Tundra Golf Package
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9-Hole Tundra Golf Package

$95
Per adult
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Alaska
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Alaska

$10
Per adult
Denali National Park Walking Tour
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Denali National Park Walking Tour

$115
Per adult

Reviews of Denali National Park

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 25, 2019

We went the week after high season - mid-September. We would highly recommend going then as it was cool Fall weather, very nice, and very few other people in the park.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Sep 23, 2019

Not easily accessible. If you come late in the year, there is very limited way to get into the park and explore. Bad for someone that travel thousands of miles to come and see the park.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 19, 2019

Beautiful National Park. Enjoyed hiking trails near entrance, Savage River and Wonder Lake.

5/5 - Excellent

WILLIAM

Sep 15, 2019

Beautiful park!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 10, 2019

Worth a visit

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 9, 2019

I love Denali. If I could live there, I would.

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