From the gateway of Denali National Park and Preserve and stretching along the George Parks Highway is the community known as Denali Park, a collection of mostly seasonal businesses and lodging providing visitor services.
About Denali Park
Denali 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.
The area provides services mainly to visitors exploring Denali National Park and Preserve, one of Alaska’s most visited parks, home to Denali, the tallest mountain in North America at 20,310 feet.
Things to do
Most people who visit Denali Park will spend a good amount of time in Denali National Park and Preserve, embarking on a wide variety of adventures within the park’s 6 million acres including bus tours, hiking, backpacking, and wildlife viewing. However, a world of other activities is available in the area outside the national park. From Denali Park, tour operators run a variety of day-trips including fishing, rafting, hiking, ATV tours, ziplines, jeep safaris, flightseeing, and dog sledding tours.
The Nenana River is one of the most popular white water rafting areas in Alaska. The river's main whitewater begins near the entrance of Denali National Park and extends 10 miles north to Healy. Outfitters offer raft trips that include Class III rapids, standing waves, and holes in sheer-sided canyons. Milder raft trips are run in the river south of the park entrance.
If you’ve had your fill of adventure you can spend a leisurely afternoon exploring the gift shops, galleries, and restaurants in the Denali Park area. Some lodges and restaurants offer evening entertainment such as live music and dinner theater. The area is also a good spot for grabbing supplies for your excursions into the park, with a couple of grocery stores and a gas station.
Staying in Denali Park
Denali Park is the top spot for Denali National Park lodging. The main Denali Park area is home to several large lodges, resorts, and cabin rentals. Additional lodges, cabin rentals, bed & breakfasts, and a hostel are located within the 15 miles south of Denali Park along the Parks Highway. There is also a campground located at the entrance of Denali National Park.
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