5 Jaw-Dropping Adventures in Denali National Park

If you're looking for an adventure that's as remote as it is scenic, Denali National Park is for you.

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One of our favorite aspects of Denali National Park is the solitude. Many areas in Denali don’t have trails and are marked as designated wilderness. The opportunity to carve our own path is partly what we love most about this place—you truly feel one with nature. 

We also know off-trail and remote adventures in the wilderness aren't for everyone. If that's you, don't worry! The Denali Park Village provides all kinds of amazing guided experiences and you can treat yourself to a comfortable stay in the lodge or cabins. And get this, if you book now for next season, you can save up to 15% on your reservation! 

Whether you go for rugged and remote, comfortable and cozy, or some combination of the two (balance is important!), we're sure however you spend your time in Denali National Park will be an experience you'll never forget. 

Photo: Devin K

Try this trail for a solid day of hiking. It’s a 16-mile loop packed full of birch, willows, forget-me-nots, and even bears! Of course, there’s endless views of Denali too.

Photo: Jacob W. Frank

This climb will bring you a different perspective of the park. You’ll see views of units 9 and 10 and Denali if it’s a clear day. Check conditions of the hike, though, there’s a river you’ll need to safely cross!

Photo: Lorene Voskinarian

We love this spot for its accessibility and close-up views of Denali. In fact, this site is the closest you can stay next to the mountain and it’s a great place to start for other hikes in the park. If you want to try your hand at dog sledding and winter camping, this is a great spot for it: Winter Camp at Wonder Lake.

Photo: Lorene Voskinarian

This hike offers the ideal, chill outdoor experience we all hope for from time to time. It’s an easy 5-mile trail that passes ponds, wildflowers, wildlife, and the Denali and Alaska Range. We love it for a satisfying and simple yet scenic day in the park.

Photo: Mike Quine

Talk about views, summit Igloo Mountain and you’ll get what we’re saying with all these “jaw-dropping” adventures. You’ll hike a social trail for the most part. It’s a 4-mile long hike of some of the best scenery you’re ever going to experience.

To plan your trip to visit Denali check out Denali Park Village and book ASAP for early bird pricing! 

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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