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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

At more than 6 million acres (2.5 million hectares), Denali National Park is a breathtaking wilderness area, which includes North America’s highest mountain. A single road curves 92 miles (148 kilometers) through the heart of the park, leading to off-trail hiking opportunities, abundant wildlife, and stunning tundra panoramas.

Wildlife in Denali National Park, including mammals such as marmot and moose, is easy to spot. Caribou, wolves, and brown bears are crowd favorites. The park is also well known for its bird population, especially during late spring and summer. Birdwatchers may find waxwings, Arctic Warblers, and the majestic tundra swan. Predatory birds include a variety of hawks, owls, and the striking golden eagle. Ten species of fish, including trout, salmon, and arctic grayling share the waters of the park.

However, the main attraction is magnificent Mount McKinley, 20,320 feet (6,190 meters) tall - a high pyramid of rock, snow, and glaciers rising from the valley floor. Clouds will obscure McKinley more often than not, so be prepared to wait for the big picture. On a clear day, head to Wonder Lake, where you can see the mountain’s reflection on the lake's surface. Sunset is even better, when the summit’s reddish glow provides a stunning reflection.

Practical Info

Denali National Park is about a 6 hour drive north from Anchorage. You can get to the park via shuttle bus or the Alaska Railroad. Denali provides many camping, biking, hiking, and other wilderness opportunities. Plan to spend at least a day in the park; more if you want to camp and hike. The best time to visit is during the late spring and summer.

Inside the park, the Denali Park Road is served only by official shuttle buses, which have limited seating; you cannot drive in the park. If you're planning to spend the day riding the buses, pack plenty of food and drink. It can be a long ride, and there are no services save for toilets and, at the Toklat Ranger Station, bottled water. If you plan to get off the bus and do some hiking, carry a park map so you know where you are.

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Denali National Park Flightseeing Tour from Talkeetna, Anchorage, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Denali National Park Flightseeing Tour from Talkeetna

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Journey into the remote Alaskan wilderness on this incredible flightseeing tour of Mt McKinley from Talkeetna. Soar high above the granite peaks, glaciers and ...  Read more

Location: Talkeetna, Alaska
Duration: 1 - 1.5 hours

From USD $220.50
Denali Park Zipline Adventure, Denali National Park, Air Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Denali Park Zipline Adventure

Soar through the boreal forest and over the tundra on the only zipline tour in the Denali National Park area in Alaska! Certified guides will lead you along 6 ...  Read more

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

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

Fly by helicopter and walk the tundra of Denali with an experienced naturalist guide. See the home of caribou, Dall sheep, Arctic ground squirrel on this ...  Read more

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

From USD $570.00
Canyon Run Whitewater Rafting in Denali National Park, Denali National Park, Helicopter Tours
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Canyon Run Whitewater Rafting in Denali National Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Just sit, hold on and enjoy an Alaska raft ride! This Nenana River rafting adventure is a perfect introduction to whitewater rafting from "mild to ...  Read more

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

From USD $92.00
Denali Experience Flightseeing Tour, Denali National Park, White Water Rafting & Float Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Denali Experience Flightseeing Tour

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 $232.10
Alaskan Back Country Side by Side ATV Adventure with Meal, Denali National Park, Air Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Alaskan Back Country Side by Side ATV Adventure with Meal

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 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 National Park Walking Tour, Denali National Park, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Denali National Park Walking Tour

Embark on a moderate 3-hour walk through Denali National Park 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
Denali Packrafting Day Tour, Denali National Park, Hiking & Camping
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Denali Packrafting Day Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Go on a guided packrafting trip with an experienced naturalist adventurer. Hike through the wilderness to a stunning mountain stream and float by the majestic ...  Read more

Location: Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $375.00
Denali Wilderness Hiking Tour, Denali National Park, Hiking & Camping
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Denali Wilderness Hiking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 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 $140.00

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