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Wilderness Access Center

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Address: Mile 0.75 Park Road, Denali National Park, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK
Phone Number: 907-683-9274
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Denali is Awesome

No cars beyond this point. Be prepared to "defend" yourself. This is beyond "The Bob" -- it is VAST. Learn to make a lot of noise as you hike,Griz are everywhere and they are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Carson City, Nevada
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Carson City, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

No cars beyond this point. Be prepared to "defend" yourself. This is beyond "The Bob" -- it is VAST. Learn to make a lot of noise as you hike,Griz are everywhere and they are hungry. They have to get ready to hibernate..

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Santa Rosa, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Take the bus, not the bus tour! 11 hour bus ride bus driver pointed out wildlife, scenery, history, etc to us the entire time. Much less expensive than guide/tour. we saw bears, moose, caribou, white dots of the goats.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

So friendly, helpful and professional. We bought a bus tour ticket and I have to admit I was exhausted but the young woman was gracious and patient.

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Shuttle tickets are sold here not at the visitor center. All shuttle buses start from here. Thanks to the staff we were able to get same day shuttle tickets. It often gets crowded and restrooms get really busy. The coffee shop here also has some decent coffee. The parking can be a problem during busy time and you might need... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

The WAC was the central location for the Denali Natl Park from which all the bus tours depart and return. The staff was very helpful and patient when working with so many people. We had made reservations for a couple of bus tours months before our arrival, but felt we needed to change one of the reservations due to the... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

As a gathering place for various bus trips in the park, this can be a crowded and busy place. You can pick up additional or necessary supplies for your visit, such as snacks and water bottles - with a supply station to fill them.

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Sebastopol
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The Wilderness Access Center is where you catch the buses - both shuttles and tours that take you throughout the park. It is efficiently run and there is someone to help you if you're not sure where to catch your bus/pick up your ticket/etc. There is also a snack bar so you can get food if you're going on a... More 

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Tewksbury, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

The rangers, especially Sara, were especially friendly and helpful when my husband and I were planning our backcountry trip in Denali National Park. They gave us great advice, prepared us well, and didn't mind our numerous amount of questions! The maps were awesome, the system for getting your permit was great, and they rent out bear canisters. Thank you, WAC!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Starting place for buses into Denali NP. Interesting displays inside the center, but if you only wait for the bus outside you'd never know. Try to arrive a little early to explore the inside as well... Great place to fill a water bottle before getting on the bus as well!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The best thing I did in Denali was hike into the backcountry! Go to the Wilderness Access Center and have a chat to the staff. They are extremely helpful and you can borrow bear proof food containers for free. You need ot register where you are going and how long you will be, etc. All for your own good and... More 

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