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Denali National Park and Preserve is located in interior Alaska.  The Park and Preserve are two separate national park service units that are managed together.  They had slightly different rules and regulations but for the most part are one in the same.  The units are named for the great mountain in the park.  Denali stands at 20,320 feet and is the highest mountain in North America.  The park was founded to protect the Dall sheep and their ecosystem from overhunting.

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Denali National Park and Preserve Profile

RegionAlaska Region
Total Size

6,045,153 acres (9,445.55 sq miles) (24,463.87 sq km)

About the size of Macedonia

Preserve Size

1,304,242 acres (2,037.89 sq miles) (5,278.08sq km)

About the size of Jamaica

Park Size

4,740,911 acres (7,407.67 sq miles) (19,185.79 sq km)

About the size of Slovenia

ElevationHighest point: 20,310 (6,190 m) at the summit of Denali
Lowest point: 240 ft (73 m) at the Yentna River
Location Denali Borough and Matanuska-Susitna Borough
Nearby Cities




Founding Date

Mount McKinley National Park – February 26, 1917

Denali National Monument – December 1, 1978 (a separate unit)

Denali National Park and Preserve – December 2, 1980 (combined the Denali National Monument and McKinley National Park)

Visitors 650,000 (in 2017) 
Busy SeasonMay to September
Visitor Centers

Denali Visitor Center – Open May –  mid-September

Eielson Visitor Center – Open June – mid-September

Toklat River Contact Station – Open June – mid-September

Murie Science and Learning Center – Open Year Around

Denali Bust Depot – Open May –  mid-September

Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station  – Open Year Around

Park HoursOpen 365 days (24 hours a day) – The park road is only open to bus traffic during the summer and lottery winners in mid-September.  
Entrance Fees7-day Per Person Pass – $15
Annual Pass

Denali National Park Pass – $40

American the Beautiful Pass – $80

PetsYes but best left at home. If bringing, please review the Denali Pet Policy.


Denali National Park and Preserve Climate 
Average high in °F:31030405768
Average low in °F:-13-109163446
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Average high in °F:72655430115
Average low in °F:50453617-3-11
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Check out nearby National Park Service Sites (less than a 4-hour drive):

  • None

Check out nearby National Park Service Sites (less than an 8-hour drive):

  • Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Wrangell–St. Elias National Park and Preserve

Check out nearby National Park Service Sites (accessible by air from Anchorage):

  • Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
  • Katmai National Park and Preserve
  • Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve
  • Alagank Wild River
  • Aleutian World War II National Historic Area

Check out nearby National Park Service Sites (accessible by air from Fairbanks):

  • Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve
  • Kobuk Valley National Park
  • Noatak National Preserce
  • Cape Krusenstern National Monument
  • Bering Land Bridge National Preserve
  • Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

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Jennifer is a long time national park blogger and the founder of National Park Obsessed. She is a dedicated National Park lover who is working on visiting all 62 US National Parks. She has currently been to 53 of the National Parks. She is dedicated to sharing her knowledge of the Parks with others and helping them learn to love the parks as much as she does.

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