Day Eight: Denali NP – Wildlife
DENALI: Everything about Denali National Park is big: the scenery, the mountains, the incredible beauty, and the animals… moose, bear, wolves, caribou & Dall sheep. Join in on a scenic 8 hour park shuttle tour. For those interested in bird watching, there are a variety of birds that migrate to the park for the summer. The list includes arctic tern, American golden plover, long tailed jaegers, the surfbird, arctic warbler, the wheatear, willow ptarmigan, golden eagles, and ravens. Approximately 150 species live in and around the Denali area during the summer months. The shuttle bus stops every 1 hr 10 min. for restrooms and whenever wildlife is sighted as you travel, for great photo opportunities. So bring your camera and binoculars.
Opened in June 2008 the completely reconstructed Eielson Visitor Center was built as sustainable construction and features informative interpretive exhibits. This is the half-way turnaround point, allowing 30 minutes to explore the visitor center or the surrounding area with a short hike. AAU arranges for and includes a picnic style lunch and beverage for the trip.
Denali is an Athabascan word meaning “The High One”. The mountain is officially named Mt. McKinley but is also referred to as Denali. Mt. McKinley is the highest peak in North America at 20,320 feet. It creates its own weather system and is often covered in clouds. Mt. McKinley is only visible about 1/3 of the time, so visitors to the park only have about a 30% chance of viewing Mt. McKinley. Upon your return, overnight again in the Denali area.
View our preferred accommodations for this area:
Denali National Park Area Lodging