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DenaliUnited States of America

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.

Top Hotels in Denali

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! (296 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! (266 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
Talkeetna Inn
Talkeetna Inn
2.5 out of 5
22328 B St, Talkeetna, AK
The price is $142 per night from Oct 22 to Oct 23

Situated in Talkeetna, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station and Talkeetna Riverfront Park. Aurora Dora and Talkeetna ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (62 reviews)

"Very convenient to walk to downtown and the river, staff offered great dining options"…"

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2020

Talkeetna Inn
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

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! (296 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! (268 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

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.

Denali State Park
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Denali State Park

4.5/5(43 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Denali State Park, a popular green space in Trapper Creek. Make some time to visit the monuments while you're in the area.

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.

Top things to do in Denali

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
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Alaska
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Alaska

$20
Per adult
Wacky Walks Scavenger Hunt Adventure of Alaska
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Wacky Walks Scavenger Hunt Adventure of Alaska

$10
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
Bear and Wildlife Excursion
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Bear and Wildlife Excursion

$154
Per adult

Reviews of Denali

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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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