Botanize with the DenaliFlora AppThe DenaliFlora App is simple to use as a digital field guide for plant species found within the park. It offers information on 300 of Denali’s most common native plants, and includes a way to assist you in identifying plants with which you are not familiar.
The app is available for free on both Android and iOS devices; search “DenaliFlora” in your device’s app store. Once downloaded, launch the app to access an interactive key and a searchable species list of plants in the park. The DenaliFlora App requires no data connection after download; it is a great resource anywhere in the park to learn about the wonderful plants of Denali.
Suggested Areas to Explore
- Savage Alpine Trail
This area offers a long season to see a variety of flowering herbaceous species. Containing primarily higher-elevation alpine habitat, flowers may be out as early as late May. Located at mile 15 on the park road, you will experience a different ecotype than is found on trails closer to the Denali Visitor Center. The trail is 4 miles long, with a time commitment of about 3 hours one way.
- Rock Creek Trail
Explore an array of diverse understory vegetation, featuring a number of Denali’s most charismatic wildflowers. 2.4 miles long, with a time commitment of about 1.5 hours one way. Wildflowers typically bloom in June and early July.
- Horseshoe Lake Trail
Stroll through forested, floodplain, and lakeside habitats on this trail, possibly encountering moose or beavers interacting with the flora. 3.2 miles long, with a time commitment of 1 hour one way.