• 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 15 (Savage River)

    The Denali Park Road is open to Mile 15, Savage River. Conditions beyond this point prevent vehicle travel, though pedestrian travel is permitted. More »

Cross Country Skiing

Cross-country skiiers on one of the Triple Lakes
Cross-country skiiers cross one of the Triple Lakes, just south of the park entrance. Skiiers embarking on a backcountry trip must get a free permit before starting their trip.
photo courtesy of jared withers
 

Cross-country skiing is a peaceful and rewarding way to explore Denali, whether on an afternoon trip following sled dog trails, along the Park Road, or on an extended trip into the backcountry.

Telemark skiing and snowboarding involve long climbs on foot, but are becoming increasing popular in Denali. If you plan to travel in areas that present avalanche hazards, please have proper training and equipment. We encourage you to travel with a partner or a group.

Please be prepared for all conditions and call the park with any questions you may have about trail conditions and winter recreation in Denali (907-683-2294 daily, 9 am - 4 pm). Snow cover in Denali can range from excellent to nonexistent and temperatures can range from 40 F to -40 F.

While the park does offer free snowshoe rentals, there are no ski rentals - so be prepared to bring your own equipment to Denali. Fairbanks and Anchorage are the closest areas to buy/rent skis and other gear.

The map below offers a look at the established trails near the park entrance. All of these trails are accessible from the winter visitor center (called the Murie Science and Learning Center). Longer routes are possible, either along the Park Road beyond the vehicle closure, or along various, seasonal trails put in by park sled dogs. Many creeks and small rivers become excellent ski routes once cold weather has safely frozen them.

 
A map of winter trails in the park entrance area
Click on the image above to download a winter trail map
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Did You Know?

three brown snowshoe hares

Natural sound is a matter of life and death to animals relying on complex communications. Intrusions of noise can adversely impact some wildlife, and some visitors' experiences. Denali soundscapes have been monitored since 2000, to help park managers understand Denali's natural sounds