From the gateway of Denali National Park and Preserve and stretching along the George Parks Highway is the seasonal community known as Denali Park, a collection of mostly seasonal businesses providing visitor services.
About Denali Park
Denali National Park and Preserve is one of Alaska’s most visited parks for one big reason – it is home to Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America at 20,320 feet. Visitors flock from around the world to see the mountain and experience the park’s 6 million acres of wilderness.
The park is located in Interior Alaska near the small town of Healy. It is accessible via the George Parks Highway, which connects Anchorage and Fairbanks, and on the Alaska Railroad, whose tracks roughly parallel the highway.
Things to do
The opportunities for recreation in the park are near limitless and exist at all levels of fitness and outdoors expertise. Options range from attaining a backcountry permit and hiking overland into the park for days at a time to signing up for one of the popular wildlife-viewing day tours by bus. Other popular activities in and around the park include flightseeing around the peak of the mountain by fixed-wing airplane or helicopter, rafting the Nenana River, hiking any of numerous trails, bird watching, fishing, photography, camping, cycling and more.
Most backcountry activities in the park require a permit, which is available at the main park visitor center. Anyone who ventures into the park’s backcountry should also have certain skills and be informed about bear safety. Bears are among the most popular animals that visitors want to see when they visit the park, and they are found in abundance in Denali, but they must be respected and given space to avoid problems. Flightseeing tours of the mountain and the park can also be arranged from Anchorage, Fairbanks, Healy or Talkeetna.