Defining Fall and Spring
- Fall: From mid-September until snow accumulates (typically between late September and late October).
- Spring: From early or mid-April until May 19.
Most visitors come to Denali in summer, which runs May 20 until the second weekend after Labor Day (so, mid-September) each year. Summer is the only time of year when buses operate within the park.
However, a visit in spring or fall can be rewarding, though services and activities are limited. Mountains are often snow-capped and dramatic, accentuating Denali's beautiful and stark wilderness. Wildlife is either shaking off the deep-freeze of winter or cramming in the last bit of living before winter's return in October.
We aim to keep the alerts on our website up to date concerning road conditions in the park; but keep in mind that it takes nearly five hours to drive to Denali from Anchorage, during which time the weather can turn icy or snowy. Even if the road is closed when you arrive, there are many opportunities to recreate in the front-country of the park.
The Denali Chamber of Commerce provides information about year-round accommodations, which are available in nearby communities. There is no public transportation in the Denali area outside the summer season, so most visitors in the spring & fall rent a vehicle before traveling to the park. Within the park, there are no bus services and no ranger-conducted activities during the spring and fall.