Denali National Park

Established in 1917 with the mission of conserving wildlife, Denali National Park encompasses 6 million acres of Alaska’s wilderness, and is often seen as the crown jewel of the National Park System.  Flaunting complete unaltered ecosystems, countless rivers, glaciers and expanses of tundra, and the tallest peak in North America, Denali is not to be missed. Since it’s creation, Denali National Park has been the laboratory of a phenomenal group of scientists who have been able to study the magic of an intact subarctic ecosystem.  From Denali’s famed wolves to the abundant caribou and moose populations, the Park holds within its boundaries one of the most incredibly diverse, stable, and most studied wildlife populations in Alaska.  Denali has also provided the venue for some of the most amazing feats of exploration in North American history.  From the first ascent of The Great One (Denali) to rugged circumnavigations of the park, Denali’s size and magnitude attracts explorers from around the globe.  The name Denali is an Athabascan word meaning “the high one”. The peak was originally named Mt. McKinley after President William McKinley of Ohio, who actually had no ties to the area. However on a visit to Alaska in September of 2015, President Obama announced that the name would officially be change to Denali!

Denali, the mountain, and the area surrounding Moraine Lake, where we operate our wilderness trips, are all within Denali National Park and Preserve. Mt. McKinley Park was created in 1917, however most of today’s park, including the summit of Denali, was not within this original area. The Park’s original purpose was to serve as a preserve for Dall’s Sheep. Denali National Monument was designated by Jimmy Carter in 1978. And in 1980, Denali National Park and Preserve, as it exists today, was created by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (known as ANILCA). The park and preserve today are comprised of over 6 million acres.

Alpine Adventures has been guiding trips to Denali since 2003.  From hiking to backpacking trips and multisport tours in Denali, our crew of Alaska guides knows the park well.


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  • Activities
    • Hiking
    • Backpacking
  • Wildlife
    • Brown Bears
    • Golden Eagles
    • Moose
    • Black Bears
  • Terrain Features
    • Mountains
    • Rivers
    • Waterfalls
    • Glaciers
    • Glacial Valley
    • Ice Field
    • Lakes
    • Tundra
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Available Trips in Denali National Park

Ultimate Alaska Multisport - Prince William Sound, Chugach & Denali National Park

DURATION: 9 days
LENGTH: 600+ miles
SEASON: Summer

Potentially Alaska's best adventure sampler!  Explore Prince William Sound from the cockpit of a sea kayak, don crampons and climb glacier ice in the Matanuska Valley, and board a float plane for a spectacular flight into Denali National Park, where...

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Denali Unexplored - Basecamp Hiking in Denali National Park

DURATION: 4 days
LENGTH: 20+ miles
SEASON: Summer

Denali’s most authentic 3-night experience!  Combine genuine remote Alaska solitude, a visit to the quaint town of Talkeetna, an amazing round trip scenic floatplane flight into Denali National Park, and a 3-hour train ride, with the greatest basecamp hiking trip...

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Backpacking Denali National Park - 7 Day

DURATION: 7 days
LENGTH: 35+ miles
SEASON: Summer

Our exclusive 7-day backpacking trip in Denali National Park is a shorter, but no less spectacular, version of our amazing 10-day adventure through the biggest mountains in North America and the crown jewel of the National Park system!  With float...

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Backpacking Denali National Park - 10 Day

DURATION: 10 days
LENGTH: 50 miles
SEASON: Summer

For over 15-years, Alaska Alpine Adventures has been pioneering new backpacking routes through Alaska’s spectacular national parks and wildlife refuges, and while we’ve explored some of the most wild and remote parks the state has to offer, we’ve never experienced...

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Ski Denali - Denali National Park

DURATION: 7 days
LENGTH: 25+ miles
SEASON: March-May

Join Alaska Alpine Adventures for an exclusive 7-day backcountry ski trip deep in the heart of Denali National Park! Accessing the south side of Denali by bush ski-plane, you'll spend 5-nights winter camping at our comfortable basecamp location within the...

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Denali Unexplored - Basecamp Hiking Photo Safari

DURATION: 4 days
LENGTH: 15+ miles
SEASON: Summer

Combine Denali’s most authentic 3-night experience with photo instruction with Alaska’s Carl Battreal!   With authentic Alaska solitude, a great scenic flight, an amazing basecamp hiking trip in Alaska, and the real Denali National Park, this  experience is clearly Alaska's most...

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Source to Sea Multisport - Kenai Fjords, Wrangell-St. Elias & Denali National Parks

DURATION: 12 days
LENGTH: 500+ miles
SEASON: Summer

Ready for Alaska's ultimate lodge-based hiking, sport fishing, kayaking, rafting, and glacier adventure? Welcome to Alaska Alpine Adventures' Source to Sea Multisport!  Alaska's greatest asset may be its astounding diversity, and the state’s superlatives simply defy the imagination. Alaska is...

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