Denali National Park Review, Information And Advice

Summary of our trip experience

I spent 3 nights at Denali National Park about 20 years ago, but based on my research… few things have changes in regards to what I would do on another visit to Denali.  If you are going to make a visit to Alaska, then Denali National Park is a must do part of your trip.  Keep reading below for our recommend itineraries and advice on planning your trip.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact us through our Contact Page.

Recommended Itineraries

Below are 3 Day and 1 Day recommended itineraries for your visit to Petit Jean State Park, based on my family’s 5 day visit to Petit Jean State Park.

3 Day Itinerary

Day 1

  1. Hike Mount Healy Trail
    • This will give you a little idea of the land and stretch the legs from any driving you’ve done.

Day 2

  1. Go on the Kantishna Experience Bus Tour
    • This one goes to the end of the road and is the closest you will get to Mount McKinnley
    • There are other Bus Tours, but this is the Grand Daddy of them at Denali National Park
    • Bring a camera as you will see wildlife and if you are lucky…  Mount McKinnley through the clouds.

Day 3

  1. Check out the Sled Dog demonstration
  2. Hike Horseshoe Lake Trail

If you have additional days or time, add this:

  1. Spend more time at the Visitor center learning about the park and area
  2. Check out for of the hiking trails

If You Only Have 1 Day

  1. No question, go on the Kantishna Experience Bus Tour
    • This one goes to the end of the road and is the closest you will get to Mount McKinnley
    • There are other Bus Tours, but this is the Grand Daddy of them at Denali National Park
    • Bring a camera as you will see wildlife and if you are lucky…  Mount McKinnley through the clouds.

General Advice

Don’t sit around camp here.  Get out and explore the trails, take the Bus Tour and see the land.  This place is a sanctuary.

Kids

I haven’t been here in years, but when I was there…  I was 16 years old and my 3 younger siblings were with me and my parents.  We camped in a tent and had a great time.  We took the bus tour and hiked the Mount Healy Trail.  Kids would love the Sled Dog demonstration and the wildlife that you will see on the bus tour.  Highly recommend the bus tour.

Average Temperatures

Weather Channel

Camping

There are 6 campground where tents are allowed in each one and RVs in 3 of them.

Trip Reports

My Trip Report – I am working on a full Trip Report of my family’s 1995 Alaskan Adventure.  Luckily, we took lots of video and pictures that I am sorting through to piece the trip together.

Campground Reviews

My Campground Review –  I probably will not have any campground reviews as it has been too many years to be accurate.  I would be glad to link to other campground reviews if they are well written and informational.

Links

Denali National Park & Preserve – www.nps.gov/dena/index.htm