Off the Beaten Path

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Backpackers travel from around the world to explore the 6 million acres of Denali National Park. As a wilderness area with almost no trails, a backpacking trip here can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Our backcountry rangers use this blog to share stories and details of the park's wild lands in spring, summer and fall. Whether you are planning a backpacking trip or living vicariously from far away, stay tuned for some of the stories and lessons you can learn in Denali.

Are We There Y… Wait, Where Are We?

June 08, 2017 Posted by: Jaz Ammon, Backcountry Ranger

Backpacking is different without a trail system to guide your way. Even experienced backcountry travelers will find navigation more difficult here than in the lower-48. Denali's rangers have some tips, though, for how to approach this tricky topic.


What to Expect in the Denali Backcountry

May 26, 2017 Posted by: Brian Moe, Backcountry Ranger

Backpacking in Denali is inspirational, refreshing, and challenging. With more than 6-million acres of mostly trail-less terrain, there are a lifetime of adventures waiting for everyone in Denali. Sometimes figuring out where to start and what to expect can be overwhelming. We’re here to help.


Up and Running

May 15, 2017 Posted by: Brian Moe, Backcountry Ranger

The first post in our new blog series gives a bit of background on backpacking in Denali, and a look at current conditions for backcountry travel. Spring is a short season in Denali, and May is a slightly complicated time to visit, with certain key dates important to know for accessing the more remote parts of the Denali Park Road.


Last updated: May 15, 2017

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