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Book your excursions with us and you’ll not only save, you will have expert advise on the best Denali has to offer. Call today or book online. Your Denali dream vacation is ready and waiting. We will help customize your Denali experience with excursions that are tailored to suit your interests. You will also save when you book with us as we share our commission with you.

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Learn to Fly Fish

Whether a beginner or experienced angler, your Denali fly fishing experience will be unforgettable.

Guided Hiking

Our experts will take you on guided hikes where you will have a customized educational experience in the park.

Flight Tours

Land on a glacier or fly to the summit of Denali! It’s an unforgettable experience!

Helicopter Tours

Land on a glacier, take a heli-hike in the park, or visit Bus 142 from Into the Wild.

Meet the Sled Dogs

Pet puppies and learn about what it takes to race the Iditarod from Champion Jeff King!

ATV Tours

Hit the dirt roads at full speed with expert guides. You will see a different side to Denali on your ATV Tour!

Jeep Tours

Head out on a guided Jeep tours down the scenic Denali Highway!

White Water Rafting

Grab a paddle or relax in an oar boat. You will have expert guides taking you down the Nenana River, right through the canyon!

Zipline Tours

Get a thrilling view of the great outdoors on a zipline tour in Denali!

Alaska Railroad Tickets

We LOVE the train and you will too! Ask us how to plan your trip and save on tickets.

Golf Under the Midnight Sun

You can tell your friends you golfed in Denali! Ask us how to book a tee time.

Denali Park Bus Tour

Take an unforgettable ride into the park to see beautiful scenery and majestic wildlife.

Learn to Fly Fish

Whether a beginner or experienced angler, your Denali fly fishing experience will be unforgettable.

Meet the Sled Dogs

Pet puppies and learn about what it takes to race the Iditarod from Champion Jeff King!

Zipline Tours

Get a thrilling view of the great outdoors on a zipline tour in Denali!

ATV Tours

Hit the dirt roads at full speed with expert guides. You will see a different side to Denali on your ATV Tour!

Guided Hiking

Our experts will take you on guided hikes where you will have a customized educational experience in the park.

Alaska Railroad Tickets

We LOVE the train and you will too! Ask us how to plan your trip and save on tickets.

Flight Tours

Land on a glacier or fly to the summit of Denali! It’s an unforgettable experience!

Jeep Tours

Head out on a guided Jeep tours down the scenic Denali Highway!

Go Pro & Mountain Bike Rental

We offer complementary mountain bike and GoPro Rental for our guests. Quantities are limited so reserve yours today.

Helicopter Tours

Land on a glacier, take a heli-hike in the park, or visit Bus 142 from Into the Wild.

White Water Rafting

Grab a paddle or relax in an oar boat. You will have expert guides taking you down the Nenana River, right through the canyon!

Golf Under the Midnight Sun

You can tell your friends you golfed in Denali! Ask us how to book a tee time.

Denali Park Bus Tour

Take an unforgettable ride into the park to see beautiful scenery and majestic wildlife.

Get the Denali Life app today to have your ultimate guide to Denali right in your pocket!

Get around Denali with ease. Take the Dine Denali shuttle and you'll never be stuck. Only $5 to ride all day long!

Get the Denali Life app today to have your ultimate guide to Denali right in your pocket!

Get around Denali with ease. Take the Dine Denali shuttle and you'll never be stuck. Only $5 to ride all day long!

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FAST FACTS ABOUT DENALI

History of the Park

The history of the park started when Charles Alexander Sheldon took an interest in the Dall sheep native to the region and became concerned that human encroachment might threaten the species. After his 1907-1908 visit, he petitioned the people of Alaska and Congress to create a preserve for the sheep. (His account of the visit was published posthumously as The Wilderness of Denali.) The park was established as Mount McKinley National Park on February 26, 1917. However, only a portion of Mount McKinley (not even including the summit) was within the original park boundary. The park was designated an international biosphere reserve in 1976. A separate Denali National Monument was proclaimed by Jimmy Carter on December 1, 1978.

Highest Mountain

Denali is the highest mountain in North America, the United States, and Alaska. Denali, with 20,322 feet (6,194 meters) of prominence, is the third most prominent mountain in the world, with only Mount Everest and Aconcagua having more prominence. Denali is one of the Seven Summits and is an ultra-prominent peak with more than 5,000 feet of prominence.

Wildlife

Large mammals include Dall sheep, mountain goats, caribou, wolves, and black and grizzly bears. Smaller mammals include lynx, wolverines, beavers, martens, porcupines, foxes, coyotes, marmots, river otters, ground squirrels, pikas, and voles. There are very few reptiles and amphibians anywhere in Alaska due to the cold temperatures.

The First Denali Climb

The first serious attempt to climb Denali was in 1910 when two Alaskan prospectors—Peter Anderson and Billy Taylor—from a party of four reached the summit of the lower 19,470-feet North Summit on April 3. They climbed 8,000 feet from their 11,000-foot camp to the summit and returned to camp in 18 hours—an astonishing feat! The crew, called the Sourdough Expedition, were climbing novices who spent 3 months climbing to win a bet with a bar owner who said it would never be climbed. They wore homemade crampons, snowshoes, Inuit mukluks, overalls, parkas, and mittens. On summit day, they carried doughnuts, caribou meat, 3 flasks of hot drinks, and a 14-foot-long spruce pole and an American flag. Their hope was that someone with a telescope would see the pole and flag and know that the peak had been climbed. After returning to Kantishna, the climbers were welcomed as heroes. Skeptics wouldn’t accept that the greenhorns had summitted Denali. The 1913 South Summit first ascent party, however, saw the flagpole, vindicating the extraordinary ascent.

Notable Denali Climbs

First summit
Walter Harper, Harry Karstens, and Robert Tatum led by Hudson Stuck, June 7, 1913.
First woman ascent
Barbara Polk Washburn, June 6, 1947
First solo ascent
Naomi Uemura, August 26, 1970
First winter ascent
Johnston, Davidson, and Ray Genet, February 28, 1967
First winter solo ascent
Naomi Uemura, February 12, 1984 (died on descent)
Fastest ascent
Chad Kellogg, West Buttress, 14 hours 22 minutes, from 7,200 feet to 20,320 feet
First blind ascent
Joan Phelps on May 30, 1993