• 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

South Side Camping

Hiking and camping south of the crest of the Alaska Range requires additional preparation and skill. This area contains ice fields, sheer rock, heavily crevassed glaciers, extremely large rivers, and very dense brush. Access to the southern backcountry units of Denali can be difficult, possibly requiring aircraft drop-off and/or lengthy overland traverses. If you enter the park through the Cantwell area, you need to stop by the Backcountry Information Center to obtain your permit, BRFC, and information on proper access routes. Respect private property in the area and never trespass.

All climbers attempting Mt. McKinley or Mt. Foraker must register through the Mountaineering Program (read more about mountaineering). Call the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station at 907 733-2231 for more information on climbing the south side of the Alaska Range.

Did You Know?

snowy landscape and distant snow-covered mountain

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.