Day Hiking in
Denali can include anything from a leisurely stroll along a river bar to
an adventurous hike to the top of a mountain. Denali for the most part is
a trailless wilderness. You will find short trails at the entrance of the
park, shown on the map below, and near Polychrome Overlook, Eielson
Visitor Center, and Wonder Lake.
If you're looking for more than a stroll, don't worry. Visitors are
allowed to hike almost everywhere in the park, over tundra, through the
taiga, up river bars, and to the tops of mountains. Hike with a ranger or
on your own, and find out more about hiking in the backcountry or by
ranger led hikes and walks.
information, visit the
Cycling is a great
way to see Denali National Park and get some exercise at the same time.
Visitors are allowed to bike all 90 miles of the road. Off-road biking and
biking on trails are strictly prohibited. Concessionaires of the park
offer shuttle bus service into the park, and camper buses have spots for a
maximum of two bikes on a space available basis. Using the camper bus
allows you to travel deep into the park for a day trip. Motorists
generally show courtesy to cyclists and do their best to avoid "dusting"
them by driving very slowly on the often times dry, dusty park road.
Cyclists need to
keep in mind some special considerations -- there are no repair stations
along the way so please plan to fix your own flats and other common
problems. Also, make sure you carry water or have a filter or potable aqua
tablets to make water from streams and rivers safe to drink. Obey all area
closures and treat wildlife the same as if you were on foot. Remember that
off-road biking is not allowed in the park. Plan for many types of weather
at any time in the park. Sun, rain, hail, wind and even snow are all
possible in the summer.
stop for buses and bears. Put a foot down to indicate to drivers that you
Denali National Park
is not noted for its fishing. Most streams and lakes have a high glacial
silt content resulting in poor fish habitat. However, for those willing to
scout out the occasional clear creeks and ponds deep enough not to freeze
solid during the winter, a few fish may be caught. Lake trout are
occasionally caught in Wonder Lake and grayling inhabit some of the clear
streams running in the park.
No state license or
permit is required in the former Mount McKinley National Park, known as
the "old park". An Alaska state fishing license is required in the 1980
park additions and preserves, and state regulations and limits apply.
In the "old park"
catch limit per person per day is 10 fish, the catch shall not exceed 10
lbs and one (1) fish. The catch limit for lake trout (Mackinaw)
per person per day is 2 fish, including those hooked and released.
Possession of more than one (1) day's limit of catch by one person at any
one time is prohibited.
More fishing information.
National Park & Preserve offers a world class setting for photography
enthusiasts. From beginner to professional, photography is one way to
capture the beauty and immensity of Denali. Professional photographers
might be interested in Denalixs Professional Photography & Artist Program.
For the rest of us, a few basic tips can make photography in Denali that
much more enjoyable.
varies considerably, so come prepared with proper clothing and equipment.
Also be considerate; for many visitors this is a once in a lifetime trip.
Please do not interrupt other visitors viewing these animals. Observe
animals from appropriate distances.