Denali National Park and Preserve

Healy, Alaska

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Mt. McKinley is the highest point in North America at 20,320 feet. The almost-four-mile-high giant was known to the Native Americans of Alaska as Denali – “The Great One” – a fitting tribute to one of the world’s best known mountains. But Denali National Park is more than just this single peak. Besides numerous other mountains (some of which are among America’s highest), there are other features rarely or never seen in the Lower 48. Tundra, an arctic landscape, is one, and the underlying permafrost is another. Numerous glaciers, including the largest in the United States, are a part of the Denali scene, as is a diverse wildlife that encompasses about 200 different species. Despite all of these wonders it is, perhaps, the simple vastness of Denali that is most overpowering to the visitor; that, and the wilderness spirit which pervades the mountain and the area around it. So, come share that spirit. This eTrail explains in detail how to tour the park. In addition to a park map the details include driving tours, outdoor recreation, accommodations, campgrounds, dining, and more.

Denali National Park & Preserve Professional Review and Guide

"Mt. McKinley is the highest point in North America at 20,320 feet. The almost-four-mile-high giant was known to the Native Americans of Alaska as Denali – “The Great One” – a fitting tribute to one of the world’s best known mountains. But Denali National Park is more than just this single peak. Besides numerous other mountains (some of which are among America’s highest), there are other features rarely or never seen in the Lower 48. Tundra, an arctic landscape, is one, and the underlying permafrost is another.

Numerous glaciers, including the largest in the United States, are a part of the Denali scene, as is a diverse wildlife that encompasses about 200 different species. Despite all of these wonders it is, perhaps, the simple vastness of Denali that is most overpowering to the visitor; that, and the wilderness spirit which pervades the mountain and the area around it. So, come share that spirit. This eTrail explains in detail how to tour the park. In addition to a park map the details include driving tours, outdoor recreation, accommodations, campgrounds, dining, and more."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Healy
Season: Best June through August
Local Contacts: Contact information for the park, accommodations, and dining are included in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Denali National Park & Preserve

Recent Trail Reviews

9/9/2005
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We found Denali to be as wild and beautiful as portrayed by the other reviews we read and by the Park Service. Was it as physically demanding as they say? Yes - the soft tundra and bush-wacking really do slow your pace to 1-2 mph in the backcountry. While you can travel the glacial riverbeds at a much faster pace, the river crossings are challenging and finding the right places to cross takes time. Was it worth it? You bet - absolutely spectacular wilderness! When planning your hike(s), be conservative on the mileage and don't overestimate your abilities.


4/5/2004
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