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Denali National Park
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This park, located 50 miles south of Denali National Park, offers hiking opportunities.
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  • Corine Poot Blok
    196 contributions
    Beautiful park
    Visited the park just before the busses were put in service so we experienced the park from our own car. Went several times, mornings and evenings. Only 30 miles could be driven, rest of park was closed off. Saw several wild animals including a moose approaching us on the road while driving there in the evening. He came within 3 ft of our car and we were kind of holding our breaths. Magical moment. Fortunately we had two clear days so saw Denali many times.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 22 May 2023
  • Ashley B
    Minden, Louisiana125 contributions
    30th Anniversary trip
    The park is massive and there is only 1 road in the park. You can only drive your personal vehicle into the park for 15 miles. There are shuttle buses that take you farther into the park for hiking, camping, etc. The visitor center is very nice, along with the gift store. There is a restaurant there but we did not eat there. If you are stamping the National park passport book there are actually 2 stamps at this park. One at the visitor center and one at the sled dog kennels with in the park. We took the Wilderness Tundra tour and joined the 30% club and got a Grand Slam. What this means is that actually only 30% of the people that visit will see the peak of Denali. It’s so high it’s covered in clouds most of the time. Today we actually got to see both the North and South peak several times. To complete the Grand Slam you have to spot the Big 4. That is moose, caribou, grizzly bears and dall sheep. We saw lots of wildlife. This is a long bus ride (5 hours) with only 2 bathroom stops. They did provide us with a boxed snack box and water and gave a souvenir book at the end. The bus only takes you 42 miles in. That’s as far as anyone can go due to the road having collapsed.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 June 2023
  • Arthur M
    Hamilton, Canada1,038 contributions
    Seeing Denali was a miracle considering the weather forecast!
    Denali National Park clearly knows how to manage large crowds in a fragile ecosystem such as Denali's, located on permafrost. The visitor centre was large and informative. It plays two 20-minute films which rotate on schedule. The gift shop is separate from the visitor centre and it was large as well. There are multiple restrooms in the visitor centre complex, and the bus depot for bus tours deep in Denali are located away from the complex. The Denali Park Road is only accessible up to Savage River for private vehicles, and driving through it requries some extra careful attention since we saw moose just outside the visitor centre, and one along the paved section of the Park Road. The bus tour was very informative and we saw multiple wildlife such as caribou, mountain goats, and even birds such as ptarmigan! The views are unparalleled everywhere you go, even if the buses can't go past Mile 43 for now. Maybe when the bridge is built, the view would be even more epic for sure, so if you can't wait to visit Alaska and Denali, it's worth visiting since you can still see Denali at Mile 8, but if you want a full experience, better wait until 2026 at the earliest.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 2 July 2023
  • MichiganTourists1
    Bloomfield Hills, Michigan28 contributions
    A wonderful park to visit!
    A great park to visit. Especially enjoyed the hiking trails near the visitors center. Also enjoyed driving along the first 17 miles at night. Unfortunately, did not enjoy the ranger walk as it seemed geared towards 4th or 5th graders even though there were no kids in the tour group. Woukd like to see that remedied.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Portage077
    Irving, Texas1 contribution
    Lost in a heaven!!!
    Denali national park is home for different creatures. They have been conserved in a really good manner. Nature is so adorable. For me Alaska as. whole is heaven. We can do various adventures activities in Denali national park such as ATV in a off road which is really fun, rafting in Nenana river, helicopter tour to admire the panoramic scene of Denali, flight-seeing tour which is one of the best activity that you can do in Denali. Through flight seeing we can have close look of mountains, glacier, soar and river. If you are planning to travel Alaska make sure you have your budget ready accordingly because some of the activities are little bit costly around $500-$700. But whatever you spend you will love it. There is camping area around national park as well. One day might be not enough to explore whole Denali national park as it is greater than some of the states . There is lot of things to do in Denali national park. I loved it and I am grateful enough for getting chance to insight such a heavenly beauty.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 July 2023
  • Ronald B
    Arlington, Virginia3,749 contributions
    Denali Husky Kennel
    Denali Husky Kennel There was a lot to see and do at Denali. Perhaps the best thing we did, and saw were the Denali Husky Dog kennels. We took the bus ride to the National Park Service husky dog kennel complex. The Park Service raises and employs approximately 35 working huskies at Denali. They are used by the Park Service to patrol vast areas of Denali. Note: motorize vehicles, boats, and aircraft are prohibited by law to go into much of Denali. This was the highlight of going to Denali. Park personal encouraged people to interact with the dogs. The dogs appeared to enjoy the humans. A demonstration of their capabilities was conducted for us to enjoy. We could hear the dogs, who weren’t on show, encouraging them from afar. Once the demo was concluded, all but one dog was loosed to go back to its doghouse.
    Visited August 2022
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Beachwalker007
    Austin, Texas68 contributions
    Experience it for its vast scale and size.
    Denali National Park is best experienced for its vast scale, size, and wildlife. It is not a park with breathtaking moments, features, and vistas like Yosemite or Yellowstone. Compared to other parks, there are a limited number of marked hiking trails. The bus ride to the end of the park road (at least as far as you can go) and back takes at least five hours. We did not do that ride, but people we talked to who did said it was somewhat tedious and did not add that much to the park experience. When the park road re-opens past the landslide, that ride might be more dramatic. We were in the park for one full day plus most of another day. That allowed us time to do three nice hikes. We are very pleased that we visited the park and would have regretted not doing so, but we will probably choose to visit other national parks in the lower 48 states before returning here. A big plus is that the park did not feel crowded even during this peak season. There was no wait to enter and plenty of parking. (Note: With the park road closure, there are limited views of Mount Denali from within the park. The best views of Mount Denali are while driving Alaska 3 from the south before reaching the park.)
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 August 2023
  • Vonda J
    35 contributions
    Keep eyes open.
    Beauty to behold. Bus tour in. Saw bear, caribou and moose. Did not know only 30% visitors get to see Denali. Did not win that lottery. Although mild day, fog covered.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 August 2023
  • DLNY1
    New York158 contributions
    Exploring Denali
    If you're driving to the park from Anchorage, here is my suggestion: Go to Visitor Center, pay the $15 fee for the weekly pass, enjoy the exhibits there and the movies then walk the Roadside Trail to the 4 pm Dog Kennel Tour then walk back along the Rock Creek Trail. Go to dinner at the 49th State Brewing in Denali/Healy then get a good night sleep. Next day, drive to the bridge at 15 miles and hike the Savage Alpine Trail (4 miles of awesome views) back to Mount Vista Parking area then walk the road two miles back to the bridge where you parked. Drive to Bus Depot and buy tickets for the next day on the unnarrated bus that takes you to Mile 43. After getting tickets park at bus stop letter K and walk the Horseshoe Lake Trail to stretch your legs on relatively flat trail. The next day get up early and park at the Denali Visitor Center lot 3 and hike the Mount Healy Overlook Trail (5 miles), steep and strenuous but has great views. Then back to the Visitor Center, drive to the Bus Depot and get on your ticketed unnarrated bus to mile 43. Hike around the riverbed at 43 then get on a bus back towards the bus depot (get off wherever you want to bushwhack (we liked area around mile markers 35 and 23) then wave down a bus to get you back to the Depot. The next day, spend the day walking the McKinley Station Trail to the Triple Lake Trail. Now you've done it all.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 August 2023
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Travel_Addict_Cyprus
Michigan1,111 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
We've visited many of the US National Parks, and just as we expected, Denali was also a worthwhile visit.
*We hiked the Horseshoe Lake Trail - it was a nice trek, views of the lake.
*We hiked the Mountain Vista Trail - short trail with views.
*We hiked the Savage Alpine Trail, a 4.1m point-to-point trail. It was on an extremely windy day, so when we were at the top it was a bit challenging, but this hike was one of the highlights of our 12-day trip to Alaska. I followed the advice I came across in my research, so I will share it with you. Park at the Mountain Vista side, start there and hike all the way through to the Savage River area. Take the free park shuttle from Savage River to the Mountain Vista area, to pick up your car. This way, you have less ascend on the hike.
*We watched the film at the Visitor Center, short & informative.
*We shopped at the Park store. There's something for everyone.
*We took the East Fork Transit bus to go further into the park, since private cars can only go up to mile 14. The cost is about $35 i think per person. We did get to see a couple of grizzly bears but from afar, nothing spectacular. When we got to the end, where we were planning to do some backcountry hiking, it was not possible because of the crazy winds. None got off to hike. Given that, i am not sure it was worth spending 4 hrs on that bus. If we had been able to hike there, it would definitely have been worth it. If the transit bus leaves, you have to wait for another one, and they can only pick you up if they have room.
Note: there are 3 kind of buses in Denali NP. The free shuttle bus that goes to Mile 14, the EFT Transit Bus that goes to Mile 43, and the narrated tour buses that also go to Mile 43 but are narrated.
Overall, a worthwhile visit to a beautiful park.
Written 13 September 2023
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Ken Q
Denver, United States851 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
We enjoyed our visit to Denali National Park. We took the us tour which was okay even though it has been shortened due to the rock fall. We saw one grizzly and some caribou and some birds.
Written 22 August 2023
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DLNY1
New York158 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
If you're driving to the park from Anchorage, here is my suggestion: Go to Visitor Center, pay the $15 fee for the weekly pass, enjoy the exhibits there and the movies then walk the Roadside Trail to the 4 pm Dog Kennel Tour then walk back along the Rock Creek Trail. Go to dinner at the 49th State Brewing in Denali/Healy then get a good night sleep. Next day, drive to the bridge at 15 miles and hike the Savage Alpine Trail (4 miles of awesome views) back to Mount Vista Parking area then walk the road two miles back to the bridge where you parked. Drive to Bus Depot and buy tickets for the next day on the unnarrated bus that takes you to Mile 43. After getting tickets park at bus stop letter K and walk the Horseshoe Lake Trail to stretch your legs on relatively flat trail. The next day get up early and park at the Denali Visitor Center lot 3 and hike the Mount Healy Overlook Trail (5 miles), steep and strenuous but has great views. Then back to the Visitor Center, drive to the Bus Depot and get on your ticketed unnarrated bus to mile 43. Hike around the riverbed at 43 then get on a bus back towards the bus depot (get off wherever you want to bushwhack (we liked area around mile markers 35 and 23) then wave down a bus to get you back to the Depot. The next day, spend the day walking the McKinley Station Trail to the Triple Lake Trail. Now you've done it all.
Written 21 August 2023
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Vonda J
35 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Beauty to behold. Bus tour in. Saw bear, caribou and moose. Did not know only 30% visitors get to see Denali. Did not win that lottery. Although mild day, fog covered.
Written 20 August 2023
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Beachwalker007
Austin, TX68 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Denali National Park is best experienced for its vast scale, size, and wildlife. It is not a park with breathtaking moments, features, and vistas like Yosemite or Yellowstone. Compared to other parks, there are a limited number of marked hiking trails. The bus ride to the end of the park road (at least as far as you can go) and back takes at least five hours. We did not do that ride, but people we talked to who did said it was somewhat tedious and did not add that much to the park experience. When the park road re-opens past the landslide, that ride might be more dramatic. We were in the park for one full day plus most of another day. That allowed us time to do three nice hikes. We are very pleased that we visited the park and would have regretted not doing so, but we will probably choose to visit other national parks in the lower 48 states before returning here. A big plus is that the park did not feel crowded even during this peak season. There was no wait to enter and plenty of parking. (Note: With the park road closure, there are limited views of Mount Denali from within the park. The best views of Mount Denali are while driving Alaska 3 from the south before reaching the park.)
Written 8 August 2023
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Nancy M
Farmington Hills, MI12 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
I took the Tundra Wilderness Tour, which is provided by a vendor, partnered with the Park Services. The park naturalist (Don) was exceptional and his 44 years' experience working in our National Parks was evident. Since visitors can't enter in the park by car (few exceptions), the park services operate the tours using school busses. The animals are comfortable with them and often share the road with them. The busses are equipped with cameras and monitors that can bring up any animals that visitors spot, up close for all to view. Since it's not a zoo, the animals are roaming 600 million miles of beautiful tundra and it's up to the folks on the bus to spot them. We were fortunate to see a bear and her cub, a couple of moose, one was only a few feet from our bus. A caribou walked in front of us escorting our bus.
Written 6 August 2023
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Amber B
Wisconsin277 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Amazing! Super lucky to see it on a clear sunny day. One of Alaska's best parks. The lakes are like glass with the water so clear.
Written 28 July 2023
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Ronald B
Arlington, VA3,749 contributions
Aug 2022
Denali Husky Kennel

There was a lot to see and do at Denali. Perhaps the best thing we did, and saw were the Denali Husky Dog kennels.

We took the bus ride to the National Park Service husky dog kennel complex. The Park Service raises and employs approximately 35 working huskies at Denali. They are used by the Park Service to patrol vast areas of Denali. Note: motorize vehicles, boats, and aircraft are prohibited by law to go into much of Denali. This was the highlight of going to Denali. Park personal encouraged people to interact with the dogs. The dogs appeared to enjoy the humans. A demonstration of their capabilities was conducted for us to enjoy. We could hear the dogs, who weren’t on show, encouraging them from afar. Once the demo was concluded, all but one dog was loosed to go back to its doghouse.
Written 24 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Portage077
Irving, TX1 contribution
Jul 2023 • Friends
Denali national park is home for different creatures. They have been conserved in a really good manner. Nature is so adorable. For me Alaska as. whole is heaven. We can do various adventures activities in Denali national park such as ATV in a off road which is really fun, rafting in Nenana river, helicopter tour to admire the panoramic scene of Denali, flight-seeing tour which is one of the best activity that you can do in Denali. Through flight seeing we can have close look of mountains, glacier, soar and river. If you are planning to travel Alaska make sure you have your budget ready accordingly because some of the activities are little bit costly around $500-$700. But whatever you spend you will love it. There is camping area around national park as well. One day might be not enough to explore whole Denali national park as it is greater than some of the states . There is lot of things to do in Denali national park. I loved it and I am grateful enough for getting chance to insight such a heavenly beauty.
Written 19 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Marion and Larr... H
11 contributions
Jul 2023
It's not really about seeing Denali from here but about learning about it and hiking in the nearby environment. Damian Popovic was a wonderful guide.
Written 17 July 2023
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