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It's more than a mountain. Denali National Park & Preserve features North America's highest mountain, 20,320-foot tall Mount McKinley. The Alaska Range also includes countless other spectacular mountains and many large glaciers. Denali's more than 6 million acres also encompass a complete sub-arctic eco-system with large mammals such as grizzly bears, wolves, Dall sheep, and moose.

The park was established as Mt. McKinley National Park on Feb. 26, 1917. The original park was designated a wilderness area and incorporated into Denali National Park and Preserve in 1980. The Park was designated an international biosphere reserve in 1976.

Today the park accommodates a wide variety of visitor use including wildlife viewing, mountaineering, and backpacking. It continues to provide a laboratory for research in the natural sciences.

   

CONTACTS

Email - denali_info@nps.gov

Fax- 907-683-9617

Write to
Superintendent's Office
P.O. Box 9
Denali Park, AK 99755

- or -
Talkeetna Ranger Station
Box 588
Talkeetna, AK 99676

Phone
Headquarters - 907-683-2294

TRAVEL BASICS

Operating Hours, Seasons
The primary visitation season runs from May 1 to September 15.

Visitation is lowest in winter months. Daily, summer (late May to mid-September): Visitor Center hours of operation are 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Daily, winter (mid-September to early May): Headquarters Building, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Getting There
PLANE - Air travel to either Anchorage or Fairbanks and then car/shuttle/train to Denali. Anchorage is 240 miles to the south and Fairbanks is 125 miles to the north of the park.

CAR - Denali Park's headquarters is located along Alaska Route 3, the George Parks Highway, approximately 240 miles north of Anchorage, AK, 125 miles south of Fairbanks, AK, and 12 miles south of Healy, AK. Denali Park's mountaineering headquarters is located in Talkeetna, AK, approximately 100 miles north of Anchorage, AK.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION - Denali is accessible by car or via the Alaska Railroad from either Anchorage or Fairbanks. In summer a variety of private bus and van services and the railroad operate daily from Anchorage and Fairbanks. If you are flying your own airplane to Denali visit our 'Flight Site' at www.nps.gov/dena/aviation

Weather & Climate
Summers are generally cool and damp with average high temperatures in the mid-60s. Winters are extremely cold with temperatures falling to -40F and below. Layers of clothing, including good rain gear and hiking boots are recommended for summer. Specialized cold-weather gear is necessary for mountaineering and winter visits.

Accessibility
Most restrooms are wheelchair accessible. Savage Cabin Trail is wheelchair accessible. Some tour and shuttle buses are accessible please advise staff of needs when making your advance reservations. The Visitor Center orientation program is open captioned.

Getting Around
The Denali Park Road is accessible by private vehicle for 14.8 miles to the Savage River bridge. To travel to destinations farther into the park, including Eielson Visitor Center, shuttle and tour bus services are available. Bicycles are permitted along the Park Road.


CAMPING

Igloo Creek Campground
Located near mile 34 of the Park Road with 7 tent sites only; no vehicles; shuttle bus access only. Open mid-May through mid-September. No water available but there are chemical toilets. Igloo Ranger Station nearby. You can reserve at the Visitor Center; store food in food lockers; no open fires - stoves only.

Morino Backpaker
Mile 1.9 of the Park Road for backpackers only and 2 people per site allowed. No vehicles. Chemical toilets near sites, pay phone at Railroad Depot. Self-register at Morino; store food in lockers; no open fires - stoves only. OPENING/CLOSING DATES WEATHER DEPENDENT.

Riley Creek Campground
Open All Year
Riley Creek Campground is situated near the park entrance. There are 100 sites for RVs & tents. There is water from mid-May through early September only. Flush toilets and pay phone available. You may make book a site in person at the Visitor Center or via advance reservations by phone starting in late February. Please call 1-800-622-7275 (PARK) nationwide or 1-907-272-7275 for International and Anchorage callers.
For More Information on this campground please call 1-800-622-7275

Sanctuary River Campground
Located at mile 23 with 7 sites for tents only; accessible by shuttle bus only. Open mid-May through mid-September; weather dependent. No water available. Chemical toilets. Located near Sanctuary Ranger Station. Reserve at Visitor Center; store food in food lockers; no open fires - stoves only.

Savage River Campground
Located at mile 13 of the Park Road with 33 sites for RVs and tents. Open mid-May through mid-September - weather dependent. Water available, flush toilets, . Advance Reservations made by calling 1-800-622-7275 or 1-907-272-7275 for International and Anchorage callers. Campground hosts on site. Store food in food lockers.
For More Information on this campground please call 1-800-622-7275

Teklanika River Campground
Located at mile 29 with 53 sites for RVs and tents. Open mid-May through mid-September; weather dependent. Flush toilets and water available. . You can also reserve in person at the Visitor Center and there is a three night mimimum stay for vehicle campers. Reserve by calling 1-800-622-7275 or International and Anchorage callers may call 1-907-272-7275.
For More Information on this campground please call 1-800-622-7275

Wonder Lake Campground
Located near mile 85 on the Park Road with 28 tents sites only and access by shuttle bus only. Open June - mid-September; weather dependent. Water is available and flush toilets. You can reserve in advance by calling 1-800-622-7275 or International and Anchorage callers may phone 1-907-272-7275. Store food in lockers; no open fires - stoves only.
For More Information on this campground please call 1-800-622-7275

FACILITIES

Ranger Stations
TALKEETNA RANGER STATION
Open All Year 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Phone - 907-733-2231
Location - To visit the Talkeetna Ranger Station turn at mile 98 on the George Parks Highway at the Talkeetna turnoff. Drive 14 miles to the townsite on the Talkeetna Spur Road (paved). At the end of Main Street turn left onto B street (about 4 blocks. The Talkeetna Ranger Station is the first building on the left.
Special Programs - Join us for interpretive programs on the history of climbing at Denali and other topics of interest.
Exhibits - Bradford Washburn's photos of the Alaska Range are on display at the Ranger Station.
Available Facilities - Mountaineers and visitors may stop by the station to obtain information about climbing in the Alaska Range. Climbers must register 60 days in advanceof their climb. Write to the Talkeetna Ranger Station at P.O. box 588, Talkeetna, Alaska 99676 or phone. Restrooms available on site.

Visitor Centers
DENALI NATIONAL PARK VISITOR CENTER
Phone - 907-683-1266 or 1267
Location - Located at mile 1 of the Denali Park Road.
Closures - Closed in the winter from September through late April.
Special Programs - Annual Winterfest takes place in early spring; usually during March. Call Park Headquarters for details at (9070-683-2294.
Exhibits - Information about how to travel safetly in the backcountry. A 12-minute slide program is shown throughout the day. Rangers also present programs at the back porch several times throughout the day.
Available Facilities - Theater, rest rooms, shuttle and tour reservations, ticket pick-up,Junior Ranger Program, backcountry permits and sign-up for ranger-led Discovery Hikes all take place here.

EIELSON VISITOR CENTER
Phone - n/a
Location - Mile 66 of the Denali Park Road with access by shuttle bus.
Special Programs - Rangers provide information, assistance, and a daily guided walk at 1:30 p.m..
Exhibits - Geology information and rangers on hand to answer any questions and provide porch talks.
Available Facilities - Bookstore with maps, postcards, and other educational materials. Running water and flush toilets available. No food service.

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Denali National Park & Preserve.
 Campgrounds Near Denali National Park & Preserve:
Wildland Development LLC, Talkeetna, 1 miles away
Talkeetna Camper Park, Talkeetna, 1 miles away
Taiga Campground, Talkeetna, 13 miles away
Mat-Su Valley RV Park and Campground, Willow, 13 miles away
Talkeetna Camper Park, Talkeetna, 15 miles away
Talkeetna River RV Park, Talkeetna, 16 miles away
Willow Island Resort, Willow, 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Denali National Park & Preserve:
Meandering Moose Lodging, Talkeetna , 15 miles away
Comfort Inn Downtown - Ship Creek, Anchorage , 31 miles away
Hilton Anchorage, Anchorage , 31 miles away
Ramada Anchorage, Anchorage , 31 miles away
Historic Anchorage Hotel, Anchorage , 31 miles away
Aviator Hotel, Anchorage , 31 miles away
Fireweed Manor Bed And Breakfa, Anchorage , 31 miles away
 Ski Areas Near Denali National Park & Preserve:
Alpenglow At Arctic Valley, Alaska , 34 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 25 runs
Hilltop, Alaska , 35 miles away, 294 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Alyeska, Alaska , 67 miles away, 2500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 68 runs
 Whitewater Near Denali National Park & Preserve:
Whitewater Outfitter - Denali View B & B, Matanuska Susitna Borough , 3 miles away, Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Willow Creek Rafting, Matanuska Susitna Borough , 13 miles away, Whitewater outfitter
Willow Creek, Matanuska-Susitna Borough , 14 miles away, Class III-IV - 5 miles long (Guardrail to Shirleytown)
Willow Creek, Matanuska-Susitna Borough , 21 miles away, Class V+ - 6.75 miles long (Close to Hatcher Pass to lower Willow Creek)
Sheep Creek, Matanuska-Susitna Borough , 28 miles away, Class III - 25 miles long (to Parks Highway)
 Public Lands Near Denali National Park & Preserve:
Katmai National Park & Preserve, King Salmon - AK , 32 miles away
Denali State Park, Alaska , 17 miles away
Nancy Lake State Recreation Area, Alaska , 21 miles away

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