Roughly 400,000 intrepid travelers journey to Denali National Park and Preserve each year, primarily between late May and early September. While the main summer season at Denali is generally May 20 through the second or third week of September, there can be plenty to see and do outside of that season.
The Highlights of a VisitMost come in search of wildlife or glimpses of 20,310' tall Denali, the roof of North America. All are encouraged to take one of the many bus rides along the Denali Park Road, the sole vehicle access into the heart of the park, and to join a ranger-led program or two.
Whether you seek wildlife, scenery, or solitude and communion with this wild land, these webpages should be your guides to planning your trip.
3 Steps to Summer Trip Planning
Step 1: Decide Where to Stay and How Long
The first step to planning your trip is to determine where you're staying, and for how long. Denali has several campgrounds. Other accommodations are either outside the park or are on inholdings of private land inside the park. Because we are legally unable to recommend private businesses, we suggest you use the local Chamber of Commerce or a third-party trip planning website to find a hotel, cabin, etc.
Step 2: Start Planning Your Activities
Planning a trip to Denali can be a big undertaking! Just getting to the park can take half a day or more, and it is distinctly different from many national parks, so even seasoned park travelers can be unsure how to plan their trip.
Use the simplistic table below to start thinking about what might work well for you, given the amount of time you'll be here. There are plenty of other things to do than what is listed below - this is just a starting point.
Step 3: Dig into the Details of Your VisitThis involves figuring out how you're getting here, orienting yourself to the layout of the park, deciding what to reserve in advance and considering some of the more specific activities that are possible, like flight-seeing, cycling, etc.
Details of a Summer Trip
Visit in Fall, Winter or Spring
Last updated: September 8, 2021