Denali Highway

3.5/5 (6 reviews)
Connecting the outside world to Denali National Park for over a decade, the Denali Highway provides spectacular views of Alaska's interior. Stretching from the Wrangell-St. Elias Mountains to North America's tallest summit, Denali, at 20,310' is surrounded by the Alaska Range. This historic route is...Read More
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Highlights of Denali Highway

Camping Category IconCamping
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Overland Category IconOverland
Scenic Category IconScenic
Highest Elevation
4103 ft
Shape of Trail
Connector
Typically Open
05/15 - 10/15
Best Direction
N/A
Official Trail Name
Denali Highway, Alaska Route 8
Nearest Town
Cantwell
Nearest Services
Cantwell
Management Agency
Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities
District
Fairbanks Office

Overview

Connecting the outside world to Denali National Park for over a decade, the Denali Highway provides spectacular views of Alaska's interior. Stretching from the Wrangell-St. Elias Mountains to North America's tallest summit, Denali, at 20,310' is surrounded by the Alaska Range. This historic route is guaranteed not to disappoint. Sprawling over three different river drainages to include: Susitna, Tanana/Yukon, and Copper, this dirt road provides spectacular views and river crossings of narrow wooden-decked single-lane bridges. This route really is special with its scenery and guaranteed to carve a special place in your heart that only Alaska can fill. Several different lodges are found along the way and are worth grabbing a warm meal and friendly company along your journey. Wildlife Viewing is a common attraction along the 135-mile stretch, so keep an eager eye, and you may find some of Alaska's wildlife looking back at you!

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71 Trail Photos
1 Trail Concerns
6 Community Reviews
1 Video
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