All About Denali Park | From The Denali Summer Times
1. Get Oriented See the map below Turn onto the Park Road at mile 237 of the Parks Highway. Just up the road on the left you'll see the road to the post office, Riley Creek Campground and the store. But you probably want to go first to the building just beyond, on the right. This is the Wilderness Access Center– the ‘WAC.’Turn and drive back to a large parking lot. You make and confirm your reservations for all park campgrounds and buses at the ‘WAC’. A lot of buses leave from here, too. The ‘WAC’ is open from 7 am to 7 pm.
The Denali Visitor Center, just up the road has information about the Park. The visitor center has information about the park and park activities. Near the visitor center, there is a book store and cafeteria. The visitor center is open in summer from 8 am to 6 pm. There’s a path along the road, so you can walk between buildings. 2. Check Your Reservations At The "WAC" If you arrive during the day and want to check on or make reservations for camping or a bus trip, go to the ‘WAC,’ see what is available, and make your reservations. In peak season, most of the campgrounds will fill up in advance. And early buses generally fill the day before the trip. You may have to wait a day, but don't worry – this will give you time to go rafting, hiking, or horseback riding, to explore the park entrance area, and to see the communities outside the park.
3. Learn About The Park, History, Animals, Ranger Activities At The Denali Visitor Center At the Denali Visitor Center, you'll find information about hikes, bears, plants, geology, Native culture, park history, the Junior Ranger program, and the ecology of Denali National Park. There’s an 18-minute award-winning film at the Park Visitor Center. 4. Take a Walk or Hike Even if you’re not on a bus or in an official park campground, you can still take a hike (there are suggestions at the visitor center.) Some interesting short walks are led by rangers.
5. Go to Savage River Savage River, 15 miles down the Park Road, is a great destination for someone who has just arrived. You can drive there, or leave your car parked, and hop a free courtesy shuttle bus that takes the two hour round-trip. Stop at Mile 9 to see if you can view the mountain. The road curves down to the Savage River. You can only go as far as the parking lot by the bridge in your own vehicle. There are restrooms there. A short hike takes you up to a rock formation. There are frequently moose and other animals, such as caribou, walking along the river.
6. See the Sled Dog Demonstration You can also catch a free ‘courtesy’ shuttle to see the sled dogs at the park kennels. (You can't drive to the kennels.) Sled Dog Demonstrations start at 10 am, 2 pm and 4 pm. Map For The Denali Entrance Area >Back to top
WILDERNESS ACCESS CENTER IS ON YOUR RIGHT AT 3/4 MILE Wilderness Access Center | Backcountry Center | Parking | Bus Depot THE RAILROAD TRACKS CROSS THE ROAD AT MILE 1 Railroad Crossing |Trail to Horseshoe Lake YOU ENTER A ROUNDABOUT AT MILE 1.5 The first road goes to the Murie Science Center, the Park Administration buildings & Savage River. The second road to goes to the Visitor Center Parking. The third road goes to the Railroad Depot.
RILEY CREEK IS ON YOUR LEFT AT 1/2 MILE Post Office | Riley Creek Campground | Store | Dump Station | Showers