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Denali National Park and Preserve


Denali National Park & Preserve features North America's highest mountain, 20,320-foot tall Mount McKinley. The park encompasses a scenic region of the Alaska Range and contains Mount McKinley, or Denali, the highest peak in North America, at 20,320 ft.

Includes: Mt. McKinley National Park and International Biosphere Reserve

Denali National Park & Preserve
P.O. Box 9
Denali Park, Alaska 99755

907-683-2294

Hours of Operation: The primary visitation season runs from May 1 to September 15. Visitation is lowest in winter months. Daily, summer (late May to mid-September): Visitor Center hours of operation are 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. September 17 ? 30. It's more than a mountain. Denali National Park & Preserve features North America's highest mountain, 20,320-foot tall Mount McKinley. The Alaska Range also includes countless other spectacular mountains and many large glaciers. Denali National Park and Preserve, central Alaska, established as Mount McKinley National Park in 1917, redesignated in 1980. The park encompasses a scenic region of the Alaska Range and contains Mount McKinley, or Denali, the highest peak in North America, at 20,320 ft. Numerous active glaciers continue to shape a landscape of broad, U-shaped valleys and small kettle lakes. Most of the park lies above the timberline, where vegetation is mainly lichens, mosses, and sedges. The park's plentiful wildlife includes caribou, moose, brown bear, timber wolf, and the mountain-dwelling Dall sheep.

Area (acres): 6,075,107

Getting There: Air travel to either Anchorage or Fairbanks and then car/shuttle/train to Denali. Anchorage is 240 miles to the south and Fairbanks is 125 miles to the north of the park. Denali Park's headquarters is located along Alaska Route 3, the George Parks Highway, approximately 240 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska, 125 miles south of Fairbanks, Alaska, and 12 miles south of Healy, Alaska. Denali is accessible by car or via the Alaska Railroad from either Anchorage or Fairbanks. In summer a variety of private bus and van services and the railroad operate daily from Anchorage and Fairbanks. The Denali Park Road is accessible by private vehicle for 14.8 miles to the Savage River bridge. To travel to destinations farther into the park, including Eielson Visitor Center, shuttle and tour bus services are available.

Weather: Summers are generally cool and damp with average high temperatures in the mid-60s. Winters are extremely cold with temperatures falling to -40F and below. Layers of clothing, including good rain gear and hiking boots are recommended for summer.

Accessibility: Most restrooms are wheelchair accessible. Savage Cabin Trail is wheelchair accessible. Some tour and shuttle buses are accessible - please advise the staff of needs when making your reservations.

Things to do at Denali National Park and Preserve

  • Backpacking
  • Biking
  • Camping
  • Climbing
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Dog Sledding
  • Educational Programs
  • Hiking
  • Mountaineering
  • Nature Walks
  • Snow Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Stargazing
  • Wilderness Area
  • Wildlife Viewing



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