Denali National Park

Denali National Park

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VISIT Denali National Park:

Denali National Park is a national park located in the interior of Alaska. The park is home to Mount Denali, the highest peak in North America. The mountain stands at an elevation of 20,310 feet and is a popular destination for climbers and mountaineers. Denali National Park is also home to several glaciers, including Muldrow Glacier and Traleika Glacier, which are both visible from the park’s main road.

The park covers an area of over six million acres and is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. It is a place where visitors can experience the rugged beauty of Alaska and see a wide range of wildlife, including bears, moose, caribou, and wolves. Denali National Park is a unique and breathtaking place that is a must-see for anyone visiting Alaska.

Park Details

Denali National Park was established on February 26, 1917, and has a total area of 4,740,911 acres (7,408 square miles, or 19,194 square kilometers).

Address Mile 237 Highway 3, Denali Park, AK, 99755
Phone907 683-9532
HoursOpen year-round, but facilities and services are limited in winter
Entrance Fee$15 per adult, valid for 7 days
Learn MoreOfficial Website

When to Visit: Weather vs. Peak Visitation

Denali National Park is the 170th most visited park in the country.

We crunched 30 years of historical weather and/or park service data to find the best months to visit Denali National Park. We looked for the optimal temperatures, the least amount of snow and rain, and stayed away from peak visitation months if we could help it. All this data then helped us paint a picture as to what the absolute best time to visit Denali National Park is.

Our data shows the best months to visit Denali National Park are June, July & August.

Park Visits8901,7104,4573,65352,147141,216168,177150,86165,2513,6501,996652
Avg Temp191631536668625030115
Max Temp262930466676777462462828
Avg Temp-11-61193546494435190-7
Min Temp-35-33-25-323364032222-18-28
Temperature values in °F; Precipitation in Inches

Denali National Park Road Trips

Many family vacations consist of stringing one or more national parks together during a week-long trip. Creating these types of trips is our specialty! Here are the road trips we've created where Denali National Park is visited.

Trip NameTrip MilesTrip Days
Denali & Wrangell-St. Elias8819
Denali & Kenai Fjords4788

Other Nearby National Park Sites

From national monuments, to historic sites to seashores and more, here are the other parks closest to Denali National Park.

Lake Clark National Park189 mi
Kenai Fjords National Park236 mi

Nearby Campsites & RV Parks

If you are looking to pitch a tent or park an RV at a campsite near Denali National Park, here is a list of the closest campsites in the surrounding area. They all have slightly different amenitites, so its best to check them all out instead of just chosing the first on the list.

NameDetailsMiles Away
Byers Lake - Denali State ParkTrapper Creek, AK more 42 miles
Denali Viewpoint - Denali State ParkTalkeetna, AK more 42 miles

Nearest Ski Resorts

For those of you who are the diehard outdoors type, visiting a national park on a ski trip can be quite the adventure. Here are the ski resorts within 100 miles of Denali National Park:

None Found.

Nearest Airports

When visiting a National park, many people are faced with either a very long drive across country, or a much shorter flight. For those of you looking to fly into Denali National Park, we've listed the closest airports in the area.

Large Airports

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airports to Denali National Park.

Fairbanks International AirportFAIFairbanks, AK130 mi
Ted Stevens Anchorage International AirportANCAnchorage, AK150 mi
Medium Airports

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airports to Denali National Park.

McGrath AirportMCGMcGrath, AK161 mi
Merle K (Mudhole) Smith AirportCDVCordova, AK255 mi
Arctic Village AirportARCArctic Village, AK358 mi
King Salmon AirportAKNKing Salmon, AK381 mi
Kodiak AirportADQKodiak, AK391 mi
Egegik AirportEGXEgegik, AK424 mi
Deadhorse AirportSCCDeadhorse, AK477 mi

Credits: Campground data provided by Map shapes from CartographyVectors. Weather data from NOAA. Airport data from Images from Unsplash, Flickr and Parks&Trips. All data has also been updated and augmented by Parks&Trips.

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Chris Cagle

I love traveling the United States. I hunt down fantastic places to visit in the summer and great slopes to ski down in the winter. The first national park I ever visited was the Smokies, but since then, I've been to dozens. However, my favorite by far has been Zion.