Denali National Park is located in interior Alaska. Denali’s landscape is a mixture of forests, glaciers, snow and bare rock.
The park remains open throughout the year, however the roads and most visitor facilities are open from mid-May till the third week of September. Summer is the ideal time to visit when the weather is generally cool and damp with average temperature in 60s.
Visitors are recommended to carry good rain gear and hiking boots. Winters tend to get extremely cold with the temperature often falling to below -40F.
The park attracts many visitors due to its wildlife. The park is documented to house 39 different species of mammals. The five largest mammals present in the region are moose caribou, Dall sheep and grizzly bears.
Dinosaur fossils are plentiful in Denali’s 70 million-year-old Cantwell Formation. Discovered in 2005, a three-toed carnivore called a theropod was the first fossil found in interior Alaska. Thousands of trace fossils have been discovered since. Park goers can see (and even touch) many of these fossils at Denali’s Murie Science and Learning Center.
The top 5 best rated things to do in Denali National Park are:
2. Kantishna Wilderness Trails Bus Tour
4. Cross-country skiing
5. Wild life viewing