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Denali National Park and Preserve
Denali National Park and Preserve

Denali National Park and Preserve

Denali Park, 99755

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.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Alaska

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Great hike
Robert_S, Aug 2021
Denali National Park Walking Tour
We were a small group of 4 seniors (ages 65-70). Jeremy was our guide. He was friendly, very knowledgeable and encouraged questions. The pacing of the hike was perfect with frequent stops to explain things. We were very pleased.
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Relax, your guide has bear spray and knows how to use it.
Charles_C, Aug 2021
Denali National Park Walking Tour
Our guide was familiar with plants and trees and pointed out growing seasons. She was familiar with animals and their habits. We spotted red squirrels, grew jay, and a golden eagle. We didn't see moose or bear but evidence they had been there.
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A walk in the Tiga
John_S, Aug 2021
Denali National Park Walking Tour
Excellent walk, guide walked at a good speed and was very informative. Learned about the Tiga and how it’s thickness affects the growth of the trees.
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Awesome Guided Hike
Dallas, Aug 2021
Denali National Park Walking Tour
On time pick up, fantastic tour guide who was very knowledgeable and passionate about the area. He provided additional info about places to eat, shop and dropped us off at our next hike. We had a great time, I would definitely recommend to anyone visiting the area.
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Amazing!
Justin_Z, Jul 2021
Denali National Park Walking Tour
Jeff made the experience amazing. Can't wait to come back and do a different trail! I definitely recommend this activity to everyone!
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Fantastic hike!
Ann_T, Jul 2021
Denali National Park Walking Tour
Our guide showed up on time, in a passenger van with rain coats and trekking poles for anyone who wanted them. Jeff was super nice and knew a really lot about all the plants and animals in Denali. The time went by far too fast. The hike was gentle slopes through amazing forest areas.
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Great Walking Tour
Subra_S, Jul 2021
Denali National Park Walking Tour
Excellent guide. Explained well. Very knowledgeable and friendly. Seems to know the trails and the geography.
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First visit to Denali NP
Susan_W, Jun 2021
Denali National Park Walking Tour
Fantastic introduction to Denali NP! Jeff, our guide was very knowledgeable of the area with humor thrown in. We had a great time!
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A great rainy hike
Christine, Jun 2021
Denali National Park Walking Tour
Hiram did a great job sharing his knowledge of local flora and fauna. Triple lakes trail was perfect degree of difficulty for us.
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We had a great time
Roberto_A, May 2021
Denali National Park Walking Tour
If this is your first visit to the park, taking this first tour to get the lay of the land and learn from a local about the park and life around the park is the way to go. Jeff was a great source of information and learning about his experiences was a treat
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A little overpriced BUT I enjoyed it more than I had thought.
Timothy_RMA, May 2021
Denali National Park Walking Tour
I honestly think this tour is overpriced BUT I still had an amazing time eating wild berries and learning so much about the history of Denali from Jeff the guide. He made what seemed to be a boring trail/forest into something historically and biologically interesting.
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A great intro to the park
David_H, Aug 2020
Denali National Park Walking Tour
They were very helpful, they rescheduled my walk and picked me up at the hotel. Jeff the guide was very friendly and very knowledgeable about the plants, animals and especially the geography of the area. The walk only had a few real climbs, but luckily he stopped to point out things along the way so catching my breath was made easy. Did the walk the day before I did the bus trip in the park, so I felt I was ahead of the game. Overall, I'm glad I did it.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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