Denali National Park and Preserve

Denali National Park and Preserve

Denali National Park and Preserve

Denali National Park and Preserve

Denali National Park and Preserve

Denali National Park


Many people feel that a Denali trip is an essential part of their Alaska adventure vacation. Indeed, few things can compare with seeing the highest peak in North America. At 20,320 feet, the Denali massif is such a stupendous geologic feature that it creates its own weather and its own ecosystems. While the mountain itself is only visible about 20 percent of the time, Denali National Park is home to 6 million acres of pristine Wilderness and a stunning array of wildlife, including caribou, moose, grizzly bears, Dall sheep, foxes, wolves, golden eagles and many other fauna.

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We know that humans have inhabited the Denali region for over 11,000 years. Athabascan Native people thrived in the area for 1,000 - 1,500 years. In 1906 Charles Sheldon visited the area and began lobbying for a hunting and wilderness preserve. In 1917 Mount McKinley National Park was established. In 1980 the Park boundaries were expanded to 6 million acres and the name was changed to Denali National Park and Preserve. In 2015 Mount McKinley's name was changed to Mount Denali, an Athabascan term meaning "The Great One."

Great Alaska Involvement

At Great Alaska Adventures, we have several itineraries that include Denali trips- The Bucket List Adventure and the 10-day National park Safari. These itineraries overnight in the quirky town of Talkeetna, the jumping-off point for most Denali mountain climbers. All our Denali trips include a flightseeing trip over Denali from Talkeetna. Day two of our Denali swing brings us to Denali National Park, our home for the next two nights. The following day, you'll hop on the famous Denali Park buses for an extended Denali Wildlife Tour along the restricted Denali Park Road, where private vehicles are not allowed (to maximize Wilderness character and wildlife viewing opportunities).

On the final day of your Denali adventure, we'll stick to our Denali trip strategy of not retracing our path - so we'll visit the incredible Denali National Park Visitor Center in the morning, then your guide will put you on the historic Alaska Railroad for a comfortable and casual trip back to Anchorage through incredible wilderness and scenic views.

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In Closing

Denali Tours: Most people experience Denali National Park, and gain their best chance of seeing wildlife, by taking a bus tour along the restricted-access Denali Park Road. The bus tours are hosted by experienced driver-guides who share natural history stories while helping passengers spot wildlife.

The only downside to a Denali National Park tour on your trip is that it takes at least 3 days of your itinerary to do it right. Alaska is big country, and it takes a day to get to the Park, a day to take the bus tour, and a day to return to Anchorage, Kenai or Fairbanks.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do we get to Denali?

Great Alaska's guided trips get to Denali on their private vans. Our tours are designed not to backtrack, so you till traveling to Denali Nat. Park on our vans, and return to Anchorage via the historic and scenic Alaska Railroad, arriving in Anchorage approximately 8:00 pm. Cabs will be available to take you to your hotel or the airport (the trip ends upon your arrival in Anchorage).

What is the "Go-To" activity in the park?

Wildlife viewing. The must-do activity is a guided and narrated wildlife and natural history drive known as the Tundra Wilderness Tour, along the 95-mile restricted access Denali Park Road. Public access to the park runs the first 14 miles of the road, to the Savage River Ranger Station. From there are excellent hiking options or a perfect quick day use - but to really experience the park, the Tundra Wilderness Tour is the number 1 excursion into the park on the famous Denali Park road.

How big is Denali National Park?

Denali National Park and Preserve is the largest National Park in America, encompassing more than 6 million acres. The national preserve is 1,334,200 acres On December 2, 1980, a 2,146,580 acre (8,687 km2) Denali Wilderness was established within the park. The park is located approximately 225 Miles north of Anchorage, Alaska and is serviced by the Parks Highway and the Alaska Railroad. Besides the park entrance, the largest local community is the town of Healey, Alaska.