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Denali National Park, The Park Road Alaska

Images of Denali National Park from the Park Road Central Alaska, taken in July 2015.

Denali National Park is primarily a wilderness park with its most prominent feature being the massive Mount McKinley.

The only road into the park is the Park Road, a 92 mile road of which only the first 16 miles are paved. No private transportation is allowed along this road, it is traversed only by the Park Service buses that provide tours on a daily basis.

Weather is always a concern in this park and Mount McKinley is often shrouded by cloud cover. In fact upon boarding the bus our driver informed us that he had not seen the mountain in the last six days and that on the previous day the fog was so thick throughout the park that even navigating the Park Road was challenging. The forecast was for better weather and as we drove into the park the clouds were lifting. As the skies cleared we rounded a corner and there it was the top of McKinley as clear as can be and in all its glory. An amazing site that got even better as we made our way along the Park Road. True to form however the clouds began to gather and by the time we reached the end of the road the mountain was gone and not visible for the rest of the day.

Along with the stunning views of Mount McKinley and the Alaskan Range the bus trip allowed all aboard the opportunity to see an array of wildlife from the Arctic Ground Squirrel to the Grizzly Bear. We had been lucky enough to have it all on one incredible day trip!
Teklanika River early in the morning in Denali National Park
Teklanika River early in the morning in Denali National Park
Early morning view of Cathedral Mountain in Denali National Park
Early morning view of Cathedral Mountain in Denali National Park
First view of Mount McKinley (over 55 miles away) from the Park Road in Denali National Park
First view of Mount McKinley (over 55 miles away) from the Park Road in Denali National Park
Mount McKinley from the Park Road in Denali National Park
Mount McKinley from the Park Road in Denali National Park
View of Alaska Range Mountains in Denali National Park
View of Alaska Range Mountains in Denali National Park
Alaska Range Mountains from the Park Road in Denali National Park
Alaska Range Mountains from the Park Road in Denali National Park
Alaska Range Mountains from Polychrome Pass along the Park Road in Denali National Park
Alaska Range Mountains from Polychrome Pass along the Park Road in Denali National Park
Mount McKinley from the Park Road in Denali National Park
Mount McKinley from the Park Road in Denali National Park
Rugged mountain near the Toklat River in Denali National Park
Rugged mountain near the Toklat River in Denali National Park
Mount McKinley from Stony Hill along the Park Road in Denali National Park
Mount McKinley from Stony Hill along the Park Road in Denali National Park
A Lynx on the Park Road in Denali National Park
A Lynx on the Park Road in Denali National Park
A Lynx walks off of the Park Road in Denali National Park
A Lynx walks off of the Park Road in Denali National Park
Mount McKinley from Stony Hill along the Park Road in Denali National Park
Mount McKinley from Stony Hill along the Park Road in Denali National Park
Clouds form around Mount McKinley as seen from Stony Hill in Denali National Park
Clouds form around Mount McKinley as seen from Stony Hill in Denali National Park
Arctic Ground Squirrel in Denali National Park
Arctic Ground Squirrel in Denali National Park
Mountain view from the Eielson Visitor Center at mile 66 of the Park Road in Denali National Park
Mountain view from the Eielson Visitor Center at mile 66 of the Park Road in Denali National Park
Mount McKinley from the Eielson Visitor Center in Denali National Park
Mount McKinley from the Eielson Visitor Center in Denali National Park
Mount McKinley from the Park Road in Denali National Park
Mount McKinley from the Park Road in Denali National Park
Park Road view of Mount McKinley in Denali National Park
Park Road view of Mount McKinley in Denali National Park
Hoary Marmot in Denali National Park
Hoary Marmot in Denali National Park
Mountain scene along the Park Road in Denali National Park
Mountain scene along the Park Road in Denali National Park
Bull Moose near Wonder Lake along the park Road in Denali National Park
Bull Moose near Wonder Lake along the park Road in Denali National Park
Bull Moose seen from the Park Road near Wonder Lake in Denali National Park
Bull Moose seen from the Park Road near Wonder Lake in Denali National Park
Mountains along the Park Road in Denali National Park
Mountains along the Park Road in Denali National Park
A Park Service Bus on the 92 mile Park Road in Denali National Park
A Park Service Bus on the 92 mile Park Road in Denali National Park
A Grizzly Bear near Sable Pass along the Park Road in Denali National Park
A Grizzly Bear near Sable Pass along the Park Road in Denali National Park
A Grizzly Bear forages for food in Denali National Park
A Grizzly Bear forages for food in Denali National Park
Mountains along the Park Road in Denali National Park
Mountains along the Park Road in Denali National Park
A Caribou along the Park Road in Denali National Park
A Caribou along the Park Road in Denali National Park
Mountains towering over the Park Road in Denali National Park
Mountains towering over the Park Road in Denali National Park
Mountainous area along the Park Road in Denali National Park
Mountainous area along the Park Road in Denali National Park
A Caribou grazes near the Savage River Checkpoint leading to the restricted area on the Park Road in Denali National Park
A Caribou grazes near the Savage River Checkpoint leading to the restricted area on the Park Road in Denali National Park
A Daisy in Denali National Park
A Daisy in Denali National Park
Mount McKinley from Talkeetna Alaska
Mount McKinley from Talkeetna Alaska
Mount McKinley in the clouds from Talkeetna Alaska
Mount McKinley in the clouds from Talkeetna Alaska