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Denali National Park and Preserve is located in Interior Alaska and boasts Denali, the highest mountain in North America. The area encompasses 6 million acres of forest, glaciers, snow, and bare rock, making it larger than the state of New Hampshire. The National Park Service reports that every year, more than 640,000 visitors flock to the national park and preserve to experience its breathtaking scenery, snow-capped mountains, and plentiful wildlife.

Weather in Denali National Park and Preserve involves long winters, followed by short growing seasons. Its average temperature in Winter is just 5.8 F, followed by 28 F in Spring, 53 F in Summer, and 24 F in Fall. Weather is so unpredictable here, however, that there have even been instances of snowfall in August.

There are plenty of towns and villages both near and on the outskirts of the park, including Talkeetna, Anderson, McKinley Park, and the famous North Pole. The nearest cities include Anchorage (Alaska’s largest city) and Fairbanks, both which have plenty of shops, museums, eateries, and sightseeing opportunities.

When it comes to in-park events, you’ll be spoilt for choice at Denali National Park and Preserve. Because the area is open year-round, activities at all levels of difficulty and exertion can be found. These include hiking, camping, wildlife viewing, flightseeing, cycling, dog sledding, mountaineering, and so much more. For a full list of in-park activities and adventure ideas, click here. While Winter can provide solitude and a bounty of fun, snow-filled activities, most people travel to the park in the Summer months when the park is accessible by bus.

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  • Spring 28 F
  • Summer 53 F
  • Fall 24 F
  • Winter 5.8 F
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Denali National Park Hiking Trails

Denali National Park Hiking Trails

There are two ways to hike in Denali, including on one of the very few marked trails, or off-trail in nearly any direction you choose. One of the reasons Denali exists is to provide its visitors with a place to explore a trail-less wilderness. Because of this, there is a very limited network of hiking trails, but we’ve managed to still find some great recommendations below. For a full list of hiking trails, click here. There are also a number of ranger-led hikes for those wishing to learn more about their surroundings.

Denali National Park Trails

Things to do Outside Denali National Park

Things to do Outside Denali National Park

Once you’ve experienced Denali’s beauty on-foot through the various hikes above, it’s time to indulge in some activities outside of the park, including eating, shopping, exploring, and sightseeing. There are plenty of amazing things to entertain you and your family in Denali’s surrounds, so we’ve listed our recommended restaurants, shops, museums, and landmarks for you to visit during your stay.




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RV Resorts & Campsites in Denali National Park

With six campgrounds, Denali is a great place for tent, car, or RV campers. You also have the option to stay at a private or public campground just outside of the park and preserve. Just keep in mind that the in-park campgrounds do fill up quickly, particularly in Summer, so reservations are recommended. Additionally, the majority of these campgrounds are only in operation during peak season, from May through to September. There are also some regulations you should familiarize yourself with first if planning to stay within Denali.

RV Resorts & Campsites in Denali National Park

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Find the Best Dumpstations Near Denali National Park

Find the Best Dumpstations Near Denali National Park

An unglamorous but necessary aspect of RVing? Dump stations. Knowing where the best dump stations are near you will allow for more ease and less stress in your travels. Dump stations are an easy and convenient way to clear waste from your RV. Use our guides to find dump stations on your route, so you can get back to the good stuff – exploring, relaxing, and making memories on the road.

Dumpstations Near Denali National Park

How to get to Denali National Park

How to get to Denali National Park

You have plenty of options when traveling to Denali National Park and Preserve, including via car, plane, train, or RV.

If choosing to travel by train, Alaska's state-owned railroad connects Anchorage to Fairbanks, and runs directly through the entrance of Denali. For more information, click here.

If you truly want to make your trip to Denali National Park and Preserve a memorable one, then why not rent an RV to camp in style? RVing doesn’t just grant you access to some breathtaking sights within the park, but it also lets you experience all of the wonderful things about camping in nature, whilst not giving up on the comforts of home. RV rentals are available across the country, so if you want to start at your location and drive the whole way, or fly in and pick up an RV closer to the park, there’s a perfect option available to you.

The only entrance into Denali is along Alaska Highway 3 (also called the George Parks Highway) about 240 miles north of Anchorage, 120 miles south of Fairbanks, and 12 miles south of Healy.

For those wishing to fly into Alaska to visit the park, air travel to either Anchorage Airport (ANC) or Fairbanks Airport (FAI) is the easiest entry to Alaska. Then you'll want to hire a car or RV, or travel via bus or train to reach Denali.

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    Is Denali National Park accessible for disabled visitors?

    Denali National Park is accessible in areas for disabled visitors. There are two wheelchairs available to be borrowed at the Denali Visitor Center. The park is a wilderness park but has accessible ranger programs, buses, campgrounds, visitor centers, day-use areas, and some trails.

    Are pets allowed at Denali National Park?

    Yes, pets are allowed at Denali National Park. Pets must be leashed, and can be on park roads, in parking lots, and on campground roads. Pets are not allowed on most park trails or off-trail in the wilderness.

    Are there designated camping spots in Denali National Park?

    Yes, there is designated camping at Denali National Park. RVs may camp at Riley Creek, Savage River, or Teklanika River Campgrounds. Three other campgrounds are open to tent-only camping. Campgrounds cannot accommodate RVs over 40 feet long.

    How large is Denali National Park?

    Denali National Park is 7,408 square miles, or 6.1 million acres large. About 2.1 million acres of the park is federally-designated wilderness.

    What is the best time of year to visit Denali National Park?

    The best time to visit Denali National Park is in the summer, from late May until mid-September. The weather is warmer, and summer is the only time buses operate in the park.