TRIP IDEA

Half a Day in Denali

tree-less landscape leading up to brown mountains and a distant white mountain
Duration Half Day
Topic(s) Wilderness, Trails
Activities Hiking, Front-Country Hiking, Dog Sledding
Type Kid Friendly, Active
Parks Denali National Park & Preserve

Below are our suggestions for what to do if you find yourself in Denali for half a day.

Please keep in mind that just getting to Denali can take several hours (at least 4.5 from Anchorage, 2 from Fairbanks), and this suggested trip does not account for however long it'll take you to get to the park.

You can feel free to rearrange the activities below in any order you wish.

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Trip Activities
    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Front-Country Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Denali Visitor Center
    • Duration: 1ā€“3 Hours
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    a trail leading through a forest of spruce and aspen trees

    At 6 million acres in size, Denali is incredibly vast, and hiking is possible almost anywhere in the park. However, there are only a handful of established trails in the park, and here you'll find a few suggestions for one or more short hikes from the Denali Visitor Center.

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  • Denali National Park & Preserve

    Visit the Denali Kennels

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Dog Sledding
    • Pets: No
    • Location: The Denali Sled Dog Kennels
    • Duration: 30 Minutes
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day
    three large puppies standing on their hind feet at a gate

    Open year-round, the Denali Kennels are home to the only working sled dogs in a national park. Whether you come for a summer-time mushing demonstration or a quiet visit in fall, winter or spring, the dogs are always eager to meet new people and make new friends.

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  • Denali National Park & Preserve

    Explore Savage River

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: Yes with Restrictions
    • Location: Savage River
    • Duration: 2ā€“6 Hours
    • Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    a shallow river flowing between mountains

    While most of Denaliā€™s sole road is restricted just to bus traffic, anybody can drive out to Savage River. Located 15 miles inside the park, the area is scenic, featuring several trails (some short, one long) and a picnic area.

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Last updated: May 7, 2017