Denali National Park and Preserve

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4 months ago we arrived in Healy, AK, which is about 20 miles north of Denali National Park entrance. It was unintentional, as our job placed us here. But how we became so lucky to spend the first part of our trip to Alaska near such a beautiful park is beyond me. We were definitely not going to take this opportunity for granted. 

Denali NP & Preserve is about 6 million acres of preserved wilderness. Yep! 6 million acres! The 3rd largest national park in the US.  And within the park is Denali (The High One) which stands 20,310 ft tall (also known as Mount McKinley). One more park to mark off our list.

In our spare days off we spent time in Denali NP hiking multiple trails and taking the 12 hour round trip bus on the only road that goes 92 miles into the heart of the park to Kantishna, an old gold mining camp. Unfortunately we did not get the chance to go backcountry camping within the park, but the option is there for fellow travelers who have the time.

Denali NP is one of Alaska most famous attractions and if you ever get to this area it is a must to stop in a few times and take your time exploring.

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4 thoughts on “Denali National Park and Preserve

  1. Ellie Kidd September 18, 2015 / 6:39 pm

    Hi Cynthia and Lucas! Love reading your blog and seeing your great pictures! So glad you are enjoying your great life adventures and know many good things are coming your way!

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    • cynthiaryon September 24, 2015 / 7:23 pm

      Thank you Ellie! It was great to see you and your family in Denali! And what a small world it is, we were talking to Trisha in Ninilchik and she said you and her have been great friends for a very long time. What are the odds!

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  2. matthews0819 September 23, 2015 / 10:57 pm

    Hey guys! Thanks for being hospitable in the Alaskan backcountry last week! Glad I was able to find your blog. Also, turns out I survived…

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    • cynthiaryon September 24, 2015 / 7:25 pm

      Great to hear you made it out! Hope all is well look forward to keeping up with your blog too! Safe travels my friend!

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