See the Real Denali
Most visitors see the park during its short summer window (June–August). A winter visit is a chance to see what the park looks like during the rest of the year!
Whether you just take a short walk through the woods or stay for a lengthy ski or snowshoe adventure, you'll have a chance to experience the "real" Denali. Along the way, you'll notice some of the things that make this such a beautiful part of the world:
- Low-angle sunlight
Photographers talk about the "golden hour," when the sun is low in the sky at dawn or dusk and the landscape gets a gentle golden or reddish hue. This far north, the sun hangs low in the sky most of the time that it is up, meaning the landscape often has a magical, soft light on it.
With just a few visitors coming each day in winter, this is an opportunity to feel like you're in an incredibly remote and peaceful world, just a few minutes away from the winter visitor center.
With short days and long nights, star gazing is possible from early evening through late morning. The Big Dipper, Orion, and other constellations become vivid thanks to very little light pollution.