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  • Address: Denali Park 99755, USA
  • Admission: US$10 per person or US$20 per vehicle - pass good for 7 days

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Denali National Park and Preserve Tours

The tallest peak in North America at 20,310 feet (6,190 meters), Denali, formerly known as Mt. McKinley, is the centerpiece of Denali National Park and Preserve in south-central Alaska, an enormous area covering 6 million acres (2.5 million hectares). Founded in 1917, the park protects the native animals who roam free in its remote alpine tundra wilderness. 
 
The Basics
The main activities at Denali are admiring the scenery and observing the wildlife. Caribou, moose, bears (black and grizzly), wolves, and Dall sheep are heavily sought after and also the most elusive; more common animal sightings include smaller mammals such as arctic squirrels, foxes, and marmots. Although walking and hiking tour options are limited so as not to disturb the environment and wildlife, guided tours from Talkeetna and Healy offer opportunities for adventure activities such as flightseeing, whitewater rafting, ziplining, and ATV rides.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Denali National Park is ideal for animal and nature lovers but offers fewer outdoor activities than other parks.
  • Only one road traverses the park—Denali Park Road—92 miles (148 kilometers) of which only 15 miles (25 kilometers) are paved; if you wish to go beyond, you must walk, bike, or take the park bus tour.
  • The Denali Visitor Center and Eielson Visitor Center provide information, exhibits, ranger talks, and other services.
 
How to Get There
The only way to reach Denali National Park by road from Anchorage or Fairbanks is via State Route 3; it’s roughly two hours from Fairbanks or five hours from Anchorage. The Alaska Railroad also connects to the park from both cities.
 
When to Get There
The summer season runs from mid-May to mid-September and is the best time to visit if you’re hoping to see wildlife with temperatures ranging from 40° to 60°F (4.4° to 15.5°C). You may also visit in the spring or fall, but snow can fall at any time, so be prepared for cold or unexpected weather, and note that the buses do not operate during this time. The park road is closed in the winter, although Denali remains open for winter recreation.
 
Tips for Spotting Wildlife
Denali National Park is home to 39 mammal species and 169 bird species, but wild animals can be elusive and sightings aren’t guaranteed. To maximize your chances of seeing something, take a tour or the park bus instead of exploring on your own. The tour buses take you up a bit higher off the road for an elevated view, and tour groups provide more sets of eyes to keep watch. Grizzlies are more common around rivers and high-alpine areas, while Dall sheep are sometimes seen up high on the mountainside. If it’s clear and warm, some animals are less active in the middle of the day, so try the cooler hours of morning and evening.

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Denali Park Zipline Adventure, Denali National Park, null
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Denali Park Zipline Adventure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Soar through the boreal forest and over Alaskan tundra on an exhilarating 3-hour zipline tour — the only one of its kind in the Denali National Park area. ...  Read more

Location: Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $139.00
Private Multi-Day Denali Camping and Hiking Trip, Denali National Park, Ziplines
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Private Multi-Day Denali Camping and Hiking Trip

Hike into the tundra-covered mountains of the Alaska Range from camp to camp with an experienced guide for three nights, or travel to the Maclaren River valley ...  Read more

Location: Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska
Duration: Flexible

From USD $1,125.00
Denali Experience Flightseeing Tour, Denali National Park, Hiking & Camping
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Denali Experience Flightseeing Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

This tour takes you within 6 miles of Denali's north summit (19,470 ft.) and south summit (20,320 ft.). You will enter an ancient world of rugged high mountain ...  Read more

Location: Talkeetna, Alaska
Duration: Flexible

From USD $238.70
Alaskan Back Country Side by Side ATV Adventure with Meal, Denali National Park, Air Tours
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Alaskan Back Country Side by Side ATV Adventure with Meal

4.5 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

See the wilds of Alaska on a Side by Side ATV with a full windshield, roof, seat belts, gas pedal, and break.  This fun and fantastic machine handles the rough ...  Read more

Location: Healy, Alaska
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $139.00
Denali Wilderness Hiking Tour, Denali National Park, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Denali Wilderness Hiking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Hike the wilderness trails at the entrance to Denali National Park with an experienced naturalist guide on this tour. This narrated tour spends five hours ...  Read more

Location: Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $145.00
Denali National Park Walking Tour, Denali National Park, Hiking & Camping
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Denali National Park Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Embark on a moderate 3-hour walk through in the Denali area with an informative naturalist guide and a small group limited to seven people. Explore both ...  Read more

Location: Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.00
Mt Denali Flightseeing Tour from Anchorage with Glacier Landing, Anchorage, Hiking & Camping
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Mt Denali Flightseeing Tour from Anchorage with Glacier Landing

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Take a breathtaking journey into the unspoiled Alaskan wilderness on this flightseeing tour of Mt McKinley! Soar high above the granite peaks, glaciers and ...  Read more

Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $575.00
Horse-Drawn Covered Wagon Ride with Backcountry Dining, Denali National Park, Air Tours
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Horse-Drawn Covered Wagon Ride with Backcountry Dining

Journey across Alaska's tundra the way the original pioneers did, by horse-drawn covered wagon, on this 3-hour excursion from Black Diamond Resort. Set out ...  Read more

Location: Healy, Alaska
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.00
Evening Getaway: Alaska's Chena Hot Springs Resort, Denali National Park, Cultural Tours
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Evening Getaway: Alaska's Chena Hot Springs Resort

Spend an evening at the Chena Hot Springs Resort, departing from Denali National Park, with this convenient 4.5-hour package. Hop aboard a scenic flight 125 ...  Read more

Location: Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $450.00

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