Savage River Day-use Area
The Edge of Wilderness
The Savage River area is located near the end of the paved and publicly-accessible portion of the Denali Park Road. You are welcome to drive to the two day-use areas, or you can use a free bus, called the Savage River Shuttle.
Numerous recreational opportunities await you along the Savage River. The area is popular for dayhiking, both on and off trail; scenic viewing, including chances to see Mount McKinley; picnicing; and, on occasion, wildlife viewing.
You can park or ride the free bus to either the Mountain Vista Rest Stop, at mile 13 on the road; or to the Savage Rest Area, at mile 15. Savage River Campground is situated between the two day-use areas.
Maps of the Savage River Area
The map and image below are of the Savage Canyon Trail. To access the trail, drive or ride the Savage River Shuttle to the Savage Rest Area at mile 15 on the Park Road.
The trail is a 2 mile loop, crossing Savage River after 1 mile via a small footbridge (shown in the image below). There is negligible elevation change on this trail. The area is notoriously windy, so be prepared for rapid changes in weather and biting winds, typically blowing south to north (i.e., from the road toward the footbridge).
Click on any part of the image and map below to download a larger version of the trail map.
Did You Know?
Recent climate warming has affected Denali in ways that are readily apparent, such as reduced spring snowfall, earlier snowmelt, earlier green-up and thawing of permanent snowfields. Subarctic ecosystems, like Denali, are extremely sensitive to climate variability and change.