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Denali with a 2 year Old

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Denali with a 2 year Old

We are planning a trip to Denali end of July with our 1.5 yr Old Child. We plan to land in Acorage and drive to the park.

I have 2 questions:

1) If we do not count on long hikes, is there enough to see in the park for 4 full days ?

2) With a toddler, we plan to travel mostly in a car or Park Bus, are there any scenic drives around the park that we can go ourselves ?

3) Could you please advise places to stay near Denali National Park ? Several lodges are already sold out for these dates. Are there any nearby towns we can stay in ?

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1. Re: Denali with a 2 year Old

That is plenty of time!

Here are some suggestions with a toddler.

Drive yourselves to mile 14 where there is a large parking lot & the easy Savage River loop trail by the river. Look for marmots back by the foot bridge. Stop at mile 9 to look for moose in the pond & see the mountain if it is out.

Go to the dog sled demo.

Go to the entrance visitor center.

Use a stroller on the entrance area paths.

Take some quiet toys of interest, perhaps new, for the shuttle bus ride. I would not book a shuttle past Eielson visitor center with a toddler. Be ready to get off at Toklat rest stop to get another shuttle back if the little one is too fussy. Be sure to bring the required child restraint seat for the shuttle bus:


For lodging, check Healy lodging:


Or Carlo Creek:


Coalminer lives in the area & may have better lodging ideas.

Edited: 8:59 am, May 05, 2013
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2. Re: Denali with a 2 year Old

Do you have a good child carrier/backpack? That would be essential to me - I liked Kelty's ridgeway - not sure if they still make that kind, as my kiddos are all grown up.

Lots of lodging choices north of the park in the Healy area, and a few south of the park. All depends what you are looking for and your budget. Denalicat listed the best website - depends if you want a hotel, motel, Inn or B&B, or cabin. Let us know! :)

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