• pond surrounded by green brush, reflecting a distant range of snow-covered mountains that are dominated by one massive mountain

    Denali

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

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  • Road Open To: Mile 3 (Park Headquarters)

    The Park Road is currently open to Mile 3, Park Headquarters. Wintry conditions beyond that point prevent vehicle travel, though pedestrian travel is permitted. More »

Rock Creek Trail

The Rock Creek Trail is a moderately strenuous walk of 2.4 miles (3.8 km), two hours one-way, from the Denali Visitor Center via the Tiaga Trail to Park Headquarters and the Sled Dog Kennels, with 400 feet of elevation change, up to 15 percent grade, on a 30-inch compacted gravel surface. Highlights include stands of birch and spruce trees, ridge views with increased quiet and solitude away from the road.

 

 

Did You Know?

close view of bearberry, a small red-colored plant

In 1908, Charles Sheldon – a hunter and naturalist – described in his journal the idea of a park that would allow visitors to enjoy the beauty he saw while visiting Alaska. In 1917 his vision became reality, with the creation of Mount McKinley National Park.