Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska (with Map & Photos)

Mount Denali, for which the park is named, is the highest mountain in North America at 20,000 feet. Just one of the jewels of this natural space.

Denali National Park Alaska Wilderness
Denali National Park Alaska Wilderness

Denali National Park, in interior Alaska, owes its name to a mount home to the highest mountain in North America. However, it has many other charms that have made it one of the biggest tourist attractions in the state. Can you come with us? You will not regret it.

Denali National Park Features

Denali National Park Alaska Wilderness
Denali National Park Alaska Wilderness

Denali National Park was founded in 1917.  It covers an area of ​​more than 24,000 km², making it the largest in the United States. It is crossed by the Alaskan mountain range and in it you can appreciate various ecosystems.

Due to its proximity to the Arctic Circle, most of the park is made up of tundra. However, it is possible to see other plant areas. The most common trees are spruce and willow. There are also some 400 species of flowers, among them the goldenrod, the fireweed, the lupine, and the gentian.

Regarding the fauna, the park is inhabited by black and brown bears, which feed on blueberries or bison cherries. There are also moose, gray wolves, arctic squirrels, caribou, marmots, snow hares, foxes, and a long list of other mammals. As for birds, the great crow or the Hudson's magpie stand out.

What to do in the park

Denali National Park Alaska Wilderness
Denali National Park Alaska Wilderness

In the park, you can do many activities. It all depends if we go in the summer or winter season. During the first,  it is possible to go hiking (various routes leave from the visitor center), cycling, fishing, or camping while taking advantage of the good weather.

Meanwhile, when the temperatures are lower we can practice cross-country skiing. It is also possible to go on a dog sled or snowshoe tour, enjoy snowmobile excursions, etc.

However, the main activity of the park is to travel the road that crosses it in a shuttle vehicle. It allows you to enjoy all the place's charms, while the driver offers information of interest through a microphone. Places are limited, so it is best to make a reservation in advance.

During the journey, stops are made in strategic places. Thus, it is possible to admire the natural wonders that we find and take pictures of. It will also be easy to see some of the animals that we have mentioned. But, above all, we will enjoy some spectacular landscapes.

The route ends at Wonder Lake, in whose waters, and if the day is clear, it is possible to see Mount Denali reflected. A mountain that is almost 6200 meters high.

Price and how to get to Denali National Park

Denali National Park Alaska Wilderness
Denali National Park Alaska Wilderness

The entrance fee to Denali National Park is $10 per person and $20 per vehicle. It can also be accessed with the USA National Parks Annual Pass, which costs $80. Once there, if you plan to camp, you have to pay 10 or 20 dollars a day, and 20 or 30 for motorhomes.

Regarding how to get to Denali National Park, there are several possibilities. One of them is to opt for public transport since there are several buses that leave from Anchorage or Fairbanks to the place. For its part, the Alaska State Train arrives directly at the entrance.

Those who prefer to go on their own can rent a car and follow the George Parks Highway or Alaska Route 3. Once in the park, you can access it by driving, but to do so, and as we have already seen, you have to pay. Of course, in certain areas circulation is prohibited.

Lastly, the more adventurous can take a hang gliding or helicopter tour. It can be hired in Anchorage. In this way, it is possible to enjoy stupendous views of all the beauty of this incredible natural space.

Denali National Park is an impressive place, full of natural attractions that are worth visiting at least once in a lifetime.

Denali National Park Map