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    Denali

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

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Packrafting

Packrafting in Denali
Packrafting in Denali
Photo courtesy of Jen Raffaeli
 
Travel by packraft can be both fun and rewarding. Denali's backcountry offers many possibilities for combining a day or overnight hike with packrafting. While there are many opportunities for beginners, the hazards and risks of any whitewater travel are great. You are responsible for understanding these risks and acquiring the skill and experience to be self-reliant.

Remember to be flexible with your itinerary, as any overnight trip is subject to the availability of the unit quota system. River conditions change quickly and often, so it is rare that we will know current water levels, but the backcountry ranger staff can provide general information on possible routes.

Packrafts can be rented in Fairbanks, Anchorage or Seward, Alaska. Practice the skills needed for packrafting on easier rivers with an experienced partner. You should never packraft alone.

Did You Know?

a moose with small antlers amid brush

Warmer average temperatures over several decades have resulted in expansion of woody vegetation. If this warming trend continues, it will change Alaska's ecosystems and drastically alter the physical appearance of Denali's landscape, as treeline marches higher up the mountains.