Denali Fast Facts
- Denali National Park covers a total area of 6,075,106 acres
- The number of people visiting Denali in 2017 was 642,809 *
- Denali was made a national park on February 26, 1917
- The lowest elevation found in Denali is 240 feet at Yentna River
- The highest elevation found in Denali is 20,320 feet on Mount McKinley
- The entrance fee for Denali is $15 per person per week
- Denali National Park lies in the Alaska time zone
- We last visited Denali National Park in July 2014
Random Facts About Denali
- Mount McKinley is the highest point on the North American continent, with its peak rising to 20,320 feet.
- Unlike the other national parks in Alaska, Denali existed in a smaller form before the Alaska Native Interests Land Conservation Act in 1980 created the 8 Alaskan national parks. On February 26, 1917, Mount McKinley National Park was created, a relatively small area set aside primarily for Dall sheep protection.
- During the summer tourist season, the Denali Park Road is only open to private vehicles for the first 15 miles. The remaining 75 miles are unpaved, mostly one lane, and accessible only by shuttle buses (there is an exception for those camping at Teklanika, at mile 30).
- Despite their sometimes sluggish appearance, brown bears are quite fast, reaching speeds of 35 miles per hour. You cannot outrun a bear – don’t try.
- Mount McKinley is also known (more appropriately) by the name “Denali”, which means “the high one” in the native Athabaskan language. While the park took the Denali name in 1980, the mountain was not renamed officially. Most Alaskans call it Denali.
Where is Denali National Park?
Denali National Park is located in south-central Alaska, between the state’s two major cities Anchorage and Fairbanks. While not close to either one, Fairbanks is closer. There is an area of lodging and other services right outside of the park entrance, and more about 10 miles north in the town of Healy. Further directions and maps can be found at Getting to Denali.
More About Denali
We have pages on all sorts of things about Denali National Park. Choose from the menu above the map, or from right here. We have sections on Weather, Getting to the Park, Lodging, Camping, and pages to buy Books, Trail Maps, and DVD & Blu-ray. You could also check out the park’s Photo Gallery.