Located in Alaska, Denali National Park is recognized as one of the most beautiful spots in the U.S. This park boasts glaciers, an abundance of wildlife---including grizzlies, wolves and caribou---and Mount McKinley, North America's tallest peak. Although Denali offers an array of activities, hiking enthusiasts from all over the world come for the backpacking.
Current weather conditions at Wonder Lake, deep within Denali National Park, can be tracked via webcam.
A permit from the Backcountry Desk in the Visitor Access Center is required to backpack in Denali. The process can take up to an hour and includes watching a video, attending a safety talk, mapping out an itinerary and obtaining a camper bus ticket.
Private vehicles are prohibited in the majority of the park. Camper buses are designed to accommodate hikers and campers, but spots must be reserved. Shuttle buses and tour buses are also available.
Denali offers 6 million acres of country in which to backpack. The number of hikers allowed on any particular trail is limited, though, so plan ahead and have backup choices ready.
Rangers started mushing with sled dogs back in the 1920s to patrol the park. To this day, sled dogs are kept in Denali and still utilized for this purpose.