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Tips For Visiting Denali National Park

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Tips For Visiting Denali National Park Photo by Frank Kovalchek via Flickr

Denali National Park is a national park located in the state of Alaska. It is 120 miles south of Fairbanks and 240 miles north of Anchorage. There are more than 6,000,000 acres in this national park full of beautiful forests, wildlife, mountains (it is home to the highest mountain in North America - Mount McKinley), glaciers, and plenty of snow. More than 400,000 people visit the Denali National Park each year.

Among the many things that you can do while at Denali National Park include:

  • Seeing the Savage River.
  • Taking at glimpse at Wonder Lake.
  • Hiking.
  • Backpacking.
  • Mountain climbing.
  • Whitewater rafting.
  • Camping.

There are many things to see and do while at Denali National Park, and it can definitely be the trip of a lifetime for you. However, before you go, there are a few things that you should know:

Driving in Denali National Park.

There is a 91 mile road that goes from east to west in the national park. Only a small part of it is paved though because the cold winters can destroy the paved roads easily and would be very expensive to maintain. Also, only the very first 15 miles of the 91 mile road are available to private cars, and the rest is available only through the national park buses.

Most of the national park is completely inaccessible by car, and you will need to places by foot or by air taxis.

It is also important to know that if you visit Denali National Park in mid-September that only a limited number of cars are allowed. Only 400 cars are allowed to drive in each day, and each of these 400 cars needs a special permit. You can get a permit through the Denali Road Lottery.

How is the weather at Denali National Park?

The weather at this national park is mainly a long winter with a short summer. The summer usually has temperatures in the 60s and 70s, but there have been cases of snow in the summer as well.

What rules does Denali National Park have?

The national park is a protected area, so if you visit you should always keep their rules in mind. The park rangers always make sure that the wildlife at the park are protected and they do this by trying to limit any direct interaction between the wildlife and any people who visit the national park.

This means that you should not feed any of the animals, and that you should protect that food that you do have so that none of the animals gain accidental access to it.

You should also make sure that you keep a safe distance from any animals, and view them from afar. This is to protect both you and the animals because you don't want to come across an animal such as a bear.

Are there any fees to enter Denali National Park?

If you would like to go to this national park, there is a $10 fee, but it is good for 7 days. Also, there is a fee per car of $20, also for 7 days.  If you have a Federal Lands Annual Pass, which is $80, then you do not need to pay the $10 fee to enter the Denali National Park.

Also, you may be confused as to when you exactly pay the fee to enter the park. There is no place to pay when you first enter, instead you will be asked to pay at the gate after you drive 15 miles into the national park. This is also the limit to where you can drive as well and you will be asked to park before you can go any further.

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