“explore six million acres of wild land”
Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak, 20,310' Denali. Wild animals large and small roam un-fenced lands, living as they have for ages. Solitude, tranquility and wilderness await.
Breathtaking doesn't even begin to describe Denali National Park. From the end of June to the end of August the campgrounds are pretty packed. The road is busy with buses and tourists are hiking all over. But, during September the crowds dissipate and the bugs also go start to leave, so I'd recommend a fall visit if you can manage it. The weather is beautiful, less people and less bugs. Plus, you get the added bonus of some gorgeous leaf-peeping in autumn. Shuttle buses stop around the second week of Stepmber, so you'll need to bike it in, or enter the "road lottery" which gets you a chance to be one of 400 cars that's allowed into the park per day. But you can always bike in. Towards the end of September it gets a bit chillier, and you only have a little over four hours of daylight.
Such a beautiful place. It’s not so busy now and the mosquitoes are not bad at all. Highly recommend the horseshoe trail.
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Denali National Park and Preserve
- Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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Good for bird watching, climbing, and 11 more activities.
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