Denali Highway

Paxson, Alaska

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Improved gravel road from Paxson to Cantwell. This rugged gravel highway connects the Richardson and Parks highways by crossing the high tundra in the heart of the Alaska Range. Before the construction of the Parks Highway in 1971, this road was the only access route to Denali National Park. The scenery along the way rivals that found in the park, without the crowds of tourists and bothersome travel restrictions. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

Denali Highway Professional Review and Guide

"Improved gravel road from Paxson to Cantwell. This rugged gravel highway connects the Richardson and Parks highways by crossing the high tundra in the heart of the Alaska Range. Before the construction of the Parks Highway in 1971, this road was the only access route to Denali National Park.

The scenery along the way rivals that found in the park, without the crowds of tourists and bothersome travel restrictions. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Paxson
Distance: 130
Season: Best late spring through fall
Local Contacts: BLM Glenallen District
Driving Directions: Directions to Denali Highway

Recent Trail Reviews

7/31/2006
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The road provides good DISTANT views of high peaks. There are some EXCELLENT camping spots along this road, which provide grand view vistas. Although the road is described as rugged, full of pot holes and ruts, I found it very straight forward to drive and nowhere near as bad as made out to be in road descriptions (I have travelled far, far worse forestry roads in BC and gravel roads in NZ and Australia)



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May 2018