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Scenic 90-mile roadway that winds through Alaska's Denali National Park.
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  • Jim T
    Kenai, Alaska890 contributions
    First 15 miles are paved
    You do not need to pay an entry fee to drive the first 15 miles of the Denali Park Road. That portion is paved and you need to turn around before crossing the Savage River. There is a limit on vehicle size and towing a trailer on that portion is not recommended due to limited space at the turnaround. Quite often you will see moose, caribou and even bears while still on the pavement so keep all eyes open and watch for where other vehicles are stopped. The one thing you WILL NOT see from that section of the park road is Denali itself. So if you don’t have alot of time, take the short drive and hopefully you’ll be rewarded with some wildlife.
    Visited August 2020
    Traveled solo
    Written August 18, 2020
  • Floyd G
    Edina, Minnesota105 contributions
    Wow
    It's a long way - 90 miles - form the Park Entrance to Kantishna Road House on a mostly one lane gravel highway. The drivers are experienced and it shows on some of the passes - no guardrails and it's a long way down. We were fortunate to leave hours before the road closed for the season due to a landslide.
    Visited August 2021
    Written August 30, 2021
  • Nettie2010
    Saint Charles, Missouri280 contributions
    Still worth it for a 1/2 day
    We took the general admission (green) bus which was pretty interesting and informative and saw a moose right next to the road just a mile or two in. We enjoyed ourselves even though the weather was misty and overcast. Our favorite part was getting out at the end and walking 2+ miles to the rock slide, which is fascinating to see. Along the way, we saw a white, very woolly wolverine on the hillside above us! The only other place we might have considered walking is along sable pass where there are likely to be animal sightings but we didn’t do so because of the weather. If you do, be aware that you might have to wait up to an hour for another bus that has room for you to jump back on. Obviously this isn’t the experience we’d hoped for when starting to plan our trip 2 years ago but stuff happens in the national parks and you just have to roll with nature and enjoy it!
    Visited July 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 5, 2022
  • UtahFlower
    16 contributions
    Timed Entry Ticket for Denali National Park
    I have been anticipating getting a Timed Entry Ticket into Denali National Park this year. The sight indicates that they are available 14 days prior and it used to provide an example of the rolling availability. Based on that date we tried for tickets. You must first be logged in to the recreation.gov. My husband and I were at two separate locations trying with two accounts. You also must watch the 4 minute video. We were on the sight 20 minutes prior and kept refreshing the site and putting in how many tickets- in our case we selected (1) ticket using an interagency pass. You click the date and nothing happens or changes. The calendar indicates it is "not yet available" but we kept trying from 11:50 am-12:30 pm. The zero with a line through it appeared when you try to select any date. I tried calling recreation.gov and chatting for clarification on the process but waited two hours with no luck. I called the Denali NPS for help and no one knew there how to do it. They just said they "sold out" in minutes. We also tried yesterday just in case with the same results. This website and process in infuriating and antiquated. There isn't any indication on the site if the tickets have sold out or not. Terrible process. Our only option now is to buy a bus tour at 3-4 times amount this ticket would've cost it.
    Visited July 2020
    Written July 27, 2020
  • allbog
    Canton, Ohio6 contributions
    Lots of moose and vibrant fall colors in late August
    We visited Denali at the onset of fall. I highly recommend fall when the leaves are changing to yellow and red. We did this drive several times over 3 days. If you want to see a moose, I suggest making this drive in the evening. They seemed to be more active at that time of day. We only saw moose and a porcupine. If you want to see bears, you’ll likely need to take the wilderness your beyond the 15 mile marker. Bears are in the area because we saw bear scat on the hiking trails, but we only saw them on the bus tour. Even if you don’t see any wildlife, the views are spectacular, even if you aren’t part of the 30% fortunate enough to see Denali in the distance.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 3, 2023
  • Plattonian
    Fort Worth, Texas663 contributions
    Must take a tour if you want to do the whole park road
    You can only go 15 miles into the park if you are driving your own private vehicle. However, if you go on a tour, you can go as far as the road goes. We went up to mile 65. Got great views of the mountain since it was a clear day.
    Visited July 2021
    Traveled with family
    Written July 19, 2021
  • Teardrop Trailer Traveler
    United States731 contributions
    Denali Park Road
    We took the Tundra Wilderness Tour, which took us along over 60 miles of Park Road. The scenery along this road is both varied and spectacular. The park was very colorful in September. Denali is visible from several locations along the road, and we were fortunate that the weather was clear and we were able to see the peak. The road also traverses several of Denali's beautiful braided rivers and climbs up the treacherous Polychrome Pass, which offers expansive views of the gorgeous landscape below.
    Visited September 2019
    Written August 29, 2020
  • Ghiatrain
    Sharon, Massachusetts470 contributions
    A Beautiful Scenic Drive
    I planned a last minute trip to Denali with my daughter and as a result was too late for bus tickets. That meant we were restricted to driving the first 15 miles to the Savage River Bridge. Still a beautiful drive and we had a clear view of Denali and observed some moose. Great park but try and get tickets to get the most of the journey.
    Visited May 2021
    Traveled with family
    Written May 30, 2021
  • Ronald M
    Kingwood, Texas80 contributions
    If you are low on time, you can skip this.
    We had a party of 7 consisting of a 10, 11, and 12 year old, 2 40somethings, and 2 70 year olds. We went on the narrated Tundra wilderness tour. Honestly, we love things like this, but this was boring. It might have been partly because of the smoke from wildfires made the views just okay, we saw a few caribou, a dall sheep that was far away. The driver spotted it, and put it up on the screens, which was cool. I understand that they cannot control the wildlife, but even I dozed off, which is not my style. Now I also have to add that we only went to mile 42 because of the washed out road, but if the rest of the road is as boring as the first 42 miles, they should probably just not repair the road.
    Visited June 2022
    Written June 22, 2022
  • llklinger
    71 contributions
    Group Experienc
    The Shuttle Bus trip was very enjoyable, the bus driver was not very enjoyable but we were there for the scenery. We saw so many different wildlife species. The mountain never disappoints! Wish we would have been able to go to the end of the Park Road but they didn't allow that this year.
    Visited July 2021
    Written August 15, 2021
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UtahFlower
West Jordan, UT16 contributions
Jul 2020
I have been anticipating getting a Timed Entry Ticket into Denali National Park this year. The sight indicates that they are available 14 days prior and it used to provide an example of the rolling availability. Based on that date we tried for tickets. You must first be logged in to the recreation.gov. My husband and I were at two separate locations trying with two accounts. You also must watch the 4 minute video. We were on the sight 20 minutes prior and kept refreshing the site and putting in how many tickets- in our case we selected (1) ticket using an interagency pass. You click the date and nothing happens or changes. The calendar indicates it is "not yet available" but we kept trying from 11:50 am-12:30 pm. The zero with a line through it appeared when you try to select any date. I tried calling recreation.gov and chatting for clarification on the process but waited two hours with no luck. I called the Denali NPS for help and no one knew there how to do it. They just said they "sold out" in minutes. We also tried yesterday just in case with the same results. This website and process in infuriating and antiquated. There isn't any indication on the site if the tickets have sold out or not. Terrible process. Our only option now is to buy a bus tour at 3-4 times amount this ticket would've cost it.
Written July 27, 2020
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allbog
Canton, OH6 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
We visited Denali at the onset of fall. I highly recommend fall when the leaves are changing to yellow and red.

We did this drive several times over 3 days. If you want to see a moose, I suggest making this drive in the evening. They seemed to be more active at that time of day. We only saw moose and a porcupine. If you want to see bears, you’ll likely need to take the wilderness your beyond the 15 mile marker. Bears are in the area because we saw bear scat on the hiking trails, but we only saw them on the bus tour.

Even if you don’t see any wildlife, the views are spectacular, even if you aren’t part of the 30% fortunate enough to see Denali in the distance.
Written September 3, 2023
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Plattonian
Fort Worth, TX663 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
You can only go 15 miles into the park if you are driving your own private vehicle. However, if you go on a tour, you can go as far as the road goes. We went up to mile 65. Got great views of the mountain since it was a clear day.
Written July 19, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Teardrop Trailer Traveler
United States731 contributions
Sep 2019
We took the Tundra Wilderness Tour, which took us along over 60 miles of Park Road. The scenery along this road is both varied and spectacular. The park was very colorful in September. Denali is visible from several locations along the road, and we were fortunate that the weather was clear and we were able to see the peak. The road also traverses several of Denali's beautiful braided rivers and climbs up the treacherous Polychrome Pass, which offers expansive views of the gorgeous landscape below.
Written August 29, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ghiatrain
Sharon, MA470 contributions
May 2021 • Family
I planned a last minute trip to Denali with my daughter and as a result was too late for bus tickets. That meant we were restricted to driving the first 15 miles to the Savage River Bridge. Still a beautiful drive and we had a clear view of Denali and observed some moose. Great park but try and get tickets to get the most of the journey.
Written May 30, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ronald M
Kingwood, TX80 contributions
Jun 2022
We had a party of 7 consisting of a 10, 11, and 12 year old, 2 40somethings, and 2 70 year olds. We went on the narrated Tundra wilderness tour. Honestly, we love things like this, but this was boring. It might have been partly because of the smoke from wildfires made the views just okay, we saw a few caribou, a dall sheep that was far away. The driver spotted it, and put it up on the screens, which was cool. I understand that they cannot control the wildlife, but even I dozed off, which is not my style. Now I also have to add that we only went to mile 42 because of the washed out road, but if the rest of the road is as boring as the first 42 miles, they should probably just not repair the road.
Written June 22, 2022
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llklinger
Northumberland, Pennsylvania71 contributions
Jul 2021
The Shuttle Bus trip was very enjoyable, the bus driver was not very enjoyable but we were there for the scenery. We saw so many different wildlife species. The mountain never disappoints! Wish we would have been able to go to the end of the Park Road but they didn't allow that this year.
Written August 15, 2021
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The_Wanderer1992
Columbia, MD1,780 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
My husband and I got tickets for the 8 am East Fork transit bus. We bought them in advance and had no problems checking in. The bus left right at 8 am and did not wait for anyone who arrived late. The bus drives to around mile 43 where the road is washed out and turns around. You are able to get off the bus whenever you want and hop on another transit bus to pick you up. The bus drives on a paved road for the first 15 miles (cars are also able to do the first 15 miles) and then turns to gravel for the next 28 miles. The bus stops at restrooms. The driver does not have to talk, but ours did and even stopped for wildlife sightings. The entire ride is about 4.5 hours. The bus was uncomfortable. It had some scenic views. As for Denali, we did have glimpses of her. Based on research, better views come after the washed out road, which is unfortunate. We saw a few animals -- the easiest one to view without binoculars was a porcupine walking along the road.
Written July 9, 2023
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mnguru1
Edina, MN543 contributions
Aug 2021
One moose came running out of bush and went right behind our car. We got some cool pictures. We went around 9:30 pm and there was little traffic and the moose seemed to be active.
Written August 22, 2021
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David K
Charleston, WV187 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
Scenic bus ride into Denali. At a certain point the road in the park is washed out. The forest fire smoke was pretty bad during our visit. The taiga was beautiful and the tundra is interesting. Some mountains and beautiful landscape was seen. I didn’t see much wildlife. We saw a movie at a visitor center that was interesting. The commentary of our bus driver was good. Sadly due to the smoke and how close we could get, Denali Mountain could not be seen. I probably wouldn’t go back unless the road was fixed.
Written August 5, 2022
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