Denali National Park & Preserve is open year-round to visitors. The park is famous for spectacular landscapes, rugged peaks, and abundant denali wildlife. The Alaska Range, where Mount McKinley is located, splits the park into north and south sides.
The North Side
The majority of visitors access the north side of the park by way of a single road 92 miles long. Beyond Mile 15 of the park road, visitors cannot drive personal vehicles and must enter the park by bus, bike, or on foot.
The Denali Visitors Center is located in the front country area of the park. Area information and interpretive services can be found here. The Visitor Center is open from May 15 to September 15. The Murie Science & Learning Center is open year round and serves as the winter Visitor Center. Rangers are available from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM to answer visitor questions and help plan trips.
The South Side
Denali National Park & Preserve's south side is accessed mostly by mountaineers climbing Mount McKinley and other peaks in the Alaska Range, or by scenic flight tours. Climbers are required to check in with rangers at the Talkeetna Ranger Station before climbing Denali.
The Talkeetna Ranger Station stays open year round. Rangers at the Talkeetna Ranger Station also offer interpretative programs about the park throughout the summer.