McKinley Creekside Cabins is located just 13 miles south of Denali National Park, home to abundant wildlife; bears, moose, caribou, wolves, Dall sheep and more. Exploring Denali is a once in a lifetime privilege for most and has the makings for among your most memorable national park experiences.
Denali was the first national park to conserve wildlife in 1917, this place has earned renown for devotion to science, learning, and preservation of its natural and cultural heritage. We are honored to host your stay and are here to help make the most out of your time in Denali.
We recommend you plan on 2-3 days in Denali. One day for travel (4.5 hrs. from Anchorage/2.0 hrs. from Fairbanks-fly into Anchorage) , one day for your park tour, and if you have the time for a 3rd day, this will allow you to hike, explore, relax or go rafting, kayaking, ATVing, golfing and more...Whether you have one day or three days we will help you get the most out of your time in Denali.
There are many excellent options for touring Denali; some formal-narrated including lunch and gold panning while traveling via motor-coach, there are informal/inexpensive options traveling via school buses and there are options that you can add an hour flight tour of the park regardless if you go narrated or not. Many options based on price, expectations and goals for your park visit.
I recommend you decide if you want to spend ½ a day in the park or a whole day; there are good options for both. Visiting Denali is a “once in a lifetime” for many, and we can help you meet your budget and goals for visiting Alaska’s bear country and home of the highest peak in North America, Mt. Denali! If you have questions or want to make reservations call or email me.
Winter Activities-Denali is not closed in winter!
Winter is an amazing and powerful season in Denali. For much of the year, Denali's landscape is blanketed in snow, its rivers and lakes locked in thick ice, its animals in hibernation, long-since migrated, or making the best existence they can in temperatures that routinely reach -40 F (-40 C).
Though the Denali Park Road typically closes at Mile 3 for several months, there is plenty to do.
Winter Visitor Center-At Mile 1.4 on the park road is the Murie Science and Learning Center, which acts as Denali's winter visitor center. It is open daily from 9 am - 4:30 pm, except major holidays. At the center, you can watch the park film, "Heartbeats of Denali," talk with a ranger about conditions on park trails, acquire a winter backcountry camping permit, pay the park entrance fee, borrow snowshoes and more.
Here is a collection of some great hikes and walks you can do at the front end of the park. Along with a park road map to help you decide how far into the park you want to go.