Denali National Park – Alaska

Denali National Park was established as the first national park to conserve wildlife in 1917.  It contains the tallest mountain in North America, Mount McKinley.  Denali National ParkI have visited Alaska, but never ventured far enough north to reach Denali.  I can’t believe what I missed.  I will make sure to plan another trip to the great white north.

Here is a wonderful synopsis of the park written by Joshua Mcallister.
Alaska Adventure – Denali National Park

Alaska Adventure – Denali National Park

By Joshua Mcallister

Denali National Park in Alaska is like chicken soup for the soul of an adventurer. The park is home to the magnificent Mount McKinley, also known as the roof of North America, and a variety of flora and fauna.

If you are a wildlife lover, you must plan at least one overnight trip to the park. From Grizzly bears to black bears, Dall sheep, gray wolves, snowshoe hares, pikas, wolverines, martens, lynx all inhabit the park. Bird watchers may be able to see waxwings, Arctic Warblers, pine grosbeaks, Ptarmigan, tundra swan, golden eagles during their visit to the park.

Taking a bus ride through the park is considered to be one of the safest ways of viewing wildlife. You can view the animals from a safe distance, however feeding them is completely forbidden. You can also go hiking through some remote trails if you want to see the park’s wildlife up close, but before you do that you must learn how to behave should you encounter a wild animal.

The Alaskan Mountains attract mountaineering enthusiasts from around the world. It’s hardly surprising then that the park offers some of the best mountaineering facilities in the country. The Denali National Park follows a strict 60-day pre-registration regulation, thus allowing mountaineers to have direct access to Rangers before they arrive at the Talkeetna Ranger Station. For detailed information about how to plan an expedition, you should visit the Denali National Park website.

Backpacking and camping are also popular summertime activities in the park. The park has several camping grounds but no established camp sites in the back country. Therefore if you plan to go backpacking in Denali you must carry your own equipment and supplies and must make yourself aware of appropriate waste disposal practices.

During fall a ‘Fall Lottery’ is organized in the park and winners can buy a day permit and drive as much of the Denali Park roads as the weather permits. To stand chance of winning this lottery you have to apply between June 1st to June 30th.

Skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, etc are popular winter recreation activities in the Park. You can also camp at the Riley Creek Campground, only open in winters, or take a back country permit and choose your own place in the back-country for camping.

So, whether you want to go mountaineering, camping, watch wildlife or just experience the delights of nature up close, The Denali National Park will certainly not disappoint you.

When planning an Alaska vacation to Denali National Park, it is important to be as informed and prepared as possible. Besides figuring out how to get there, you must also consider what time of year to visit, what you will need to pack and where you will stay. For more tips and advice, including a directory of Alaska lodging options, we recommend you visit

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Wow, so many great activities.  I hope you get to enjoy this great wonderland above the lower 48.  I know that I will make it there someday to Denali National Park.

Picture From: National Park Service

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