Discover the Heart of Denali
When should you visit Denali?
Located in the interior of the state, Denali National Park & Preserve offers a wide range of seasonality to choose from. From snow-capped mountains to lush green tundra or harvest red leaves, Denali experiences an array of seasons all within four months:
Mid-May to Early June is a great time to visit Denali. The weather tends to be cooler, but you will find fewer visitors during this time. You will also likely find special rates for lodging and some activities. Animals are easier to spot on the snow-capped hillsides.
June and July offers great weather, averaging in the mid-60s and long periods of sunlight. Summer solstice can see 22-plus hours of functional daylight. The hillsides and mountains are lush green.
August to early September offers warm weather temperatures during the day, but chilly at night. Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) are viewable on clear nights, But remember to ask for a wake-up call from your front desk to view the Northern Lights. Foliage colors are changing this time of year from green to red to yellow. And snow is possible.
What should you see and do during your visit?
Our expert staff at McKinley Village Lodge can help you plan an itinerary that lets you experience the best of Denali. Guided hikes and excursions, whitewater rafting, exploring by bicycle, an evening of dinner theater, and aerial sightseeing adventures make for the adventure of a lifetime. Wilderness tours led by Interpretive Guides bring you deep into the preserve, where history, culture and wildlife come together to immerse you in the heart of Denali.
We’ve put together some handy materials to help you get the most from your trip to Denali National Park – including Sample Itineraries created by local Alaskans, Travel Tips and even a convenient Packing List.
Park Entrance Fee
The Denali National Park & Preserve entrance fee is $10.00 per adult (16 and over), and children are free (15 and under). This fee provides the visitor a 7-day entrance permit. The entrance fee is collected when you purchase a tour ticket. If you are not taking a tour, please pay your entrance fee at the Denali Visitor's Center when you arrive.