Denali National Park and Preserve Things to Do

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Most Viewed Things to Do in Denali National Park and Preserve

  • 1. Wildlife

    We decided to go on the Eielson shuttle bus, instead of the Tundra Wilderness Tour, which is popular among tourists, especially cruise passengers like ourselves. The Eielson shuttle goes further into...

  • 2. Mt. McKinley

    5 out of 5 stars

    Wonder Lake is the end of the park road, literally. The road goes a little bit past the lake to a couple of lodges, but really, Wonder Lake is it, and round-trip, it's a 12 hour ride! I've taken the...

  • 3. Tundra Wilderness Tour

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Take a Denali Park tour in a converted school bus. Private cars are only allowed to Mile 15 on the Park Road, so busses are the way to see it. Terry was an entertaining guide, and good at spotting...

  • 4. Lakes/ Rivers

    This is another of the few trails near the entrance to the park that are marked. This trail drops down among the taiga forest, bringing you first to an overlook, and then further to the marshes along...

  • 5. Sled Dogs

    On my must-do list for Alaska was playing with sled dog puppies and boy did I get my fill of that and then some at Husky Homestead. They offer a range of tour times throughout the day and I was very...

  • 6. Mountains/ Viewpoints

    The park is located within the beautiful mountains of the Alaskan Range, including Mount Mckinley which is the highest mountain in North America. Unfortunately, I did not get to see it due to constant...

  • 7. Rafting

    The Nenana River is famous for its Class III-V rapids. The scenery is also spectacular. I'd never tried white water rafting before, and was a bit wary. Personally, I would have preferred paddling...

  • 8. Flightseeing - Kantishna Air Taxi

    Denali National Park is made up of six MILLION acres. It's a big place and you won't see that much from the road - even if you take the bus all the way in. Of...

  • 9. Alaska Cabin Nite Dinner Theater

    Lots of food, along with piano music, singing, corny jokes, a little history, and acting out a Robert Service poem. They picked a couple of audience members to...

  • 10. Mt. Healy Trail

    The few trails which do exist in the park are concentrated near the entrance area. Most of them are mild hikes, wandering through the taiga forest. Mt. Healy...

  • 11. Ye olde mining camp

    The abandoned mining camp we visited. Photo courtesy of some friends whose luck with weather was far better than mine. We didn't see any mountains in the...

  • 12. Denali Backcountry Safaris

    The tour began at 9 am at the Igloo, quite a strange sight along the highway an about a 45 minute drive from the park's entrance. From this location, we took a...

  • 13. Bushwhack through the tundra

    On our second full day in Denali, our guide, Kyra from Australia, a staffer at Denali Backcountry Lodge, took us on a hike through the tundra up to the top of a...

  • 14. Get an introduction to the Park

    The Denali National Park entrance has a "village" with a Visitor's Center, bookstore, gift shop and a few other facilities. We killed some time here on our last...

  • 15. Bicycling from Kantishna

    Denali Backcountry Lodge made mountain bikes and bike helmets available to guests at no extra cost. Several times throughout our stay we borrowed the bikes to...

  • 16. Peeking Inside the Savage Patrol Cabin

    In summer the Savage Patrol Cabin is outfitted as it would have looked in the 1930s, complete with vintage issues of The Saturday Evening Post and Fish & Game...

  • 17. Savage Patrol Cabin

    The Savage Patrol Cabin was built in the 1920s as a relay cabin for dogsled patrols into the newly formed park. In fact, it is still used in winter as a dogsled...

  • 18. Denali Dinner Show

    This theatre is not just a simple theatre. We were invited to see the performance. There were 10 big tables for appr. 12 persons inside the building . Each...

  • 19. Denali Hiking Adventure

    There are several hiking trails around the park entrance area. In my view, the most exciting landscapes you can see choosing the Horseshoe Lake trail. It is an...

  • 20. Climb Savage Rock

    The day we went to Savage Rock was sunny and dry, unusual for Denali Park. The mountain was "out" and we took lots of pictures of that. We went over to Savage...

  • 21. Denali's forests

    Denali is mainly a wide-open area where wildlife viewing is essentially unobstructed. Most of its rivers -- the most common thoroughfares for wildlife traffic...

  • 22. Denali's Glaciers

    If you enter the park in the summer, you might wonder where and when you're even going to see a glacier. Farther along the road (well past the Savage River...

  • 23. Hiking

    Get off the road and hike a little. In Denali National Park there are many marked trails. The one shown in photo is Savage River trail, a short loop that...

  • 24. Along the Park Rd (1)

    Denali Park Rd starts from the Visitor Center at the Park's eastern entrance. This unpaved dirt road winds around Denali's mountains, up the tree-less tundra,...

  • 25. The only way to see Denali

    The Federal Park service operates buses into Denali Park. There are different trips for different durations, even including some overnight trips. But to get...

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