Denali National Park

McKinley Park Travel Blog

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Like the rest of Alaska, Denali is huge.  The main difference from this park and others is that there are very few established trails.  Instead, you are free to roam wherever you like, though there are some places that are restricted depending on bear activity.  There is also limited access to certain areas during the moose rutting season.  With that said, there is still a never ending amount of wilderness to explore.  You are only allowed to drive your own vehicle 15 miles into the park.  The rest of the one and only road that is about 90 miles long is only accessible by bus service.  However, you are allowed to get off and get back on the buses just about anywhere. 

While we were in the park, the clouds hovered near the peaks making it impossible to see the top of Mount McKinley.  It seems that this quite common, so consider yourself lucky if you get a glimpse.  We never saw it while driving to Denali or the two days we spent in the park, but we did get to see it from Anchorage ... more on that later.  However, we did get to see all of the big five mammals in the park while we were there:  Dall's sheep, caribou, bears (grizzly and black), wolves, and moose.  Bright red and orange fireweed is spread throughout the park and the state for that matter. 

cvanzoen says:
This park is beautiful isn't it. Me and my sister spent a day there two years ago and had a great time seeing the wildlife and even mount McKinley.
Posted on: May 05, 2008
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caribou
caribou
ptarmigans
ptarmigans
Dalls sheep
Dall's sheep
fireweed
fireweed
bears
bears
grizzly bears
grizzly bears
Mount McKinley
Mount McKinley
caribou
caribou
wolf
wolf
raven
raven
Denali Princess Lodge
Denali Princess Lodge
McKinley Park
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