Due to a landslide near Pretty Rocks, the Denali Park Road will be closed at Mile 43 of the 92-mile road this summer. While it won't be a usual summer in the park, there are a number of options available for visitors looking for a Denali experience.
The Denali Highway connects Paxson and Cantwell along the Richardson and Parks Highways, respectively. This gravel road was the only road into Denali National Park & Preserve until the early 1970s, and still provides an unforgettable experience filled with sweeping views of the Alaska Range, glaciers, wildlife and plenty of outdoor activities visitors are wanting. The secluded road has amazing hiking trails, world-class grayling fishing in creeks and trout fishing in lakes, and is a photographer's dream around every bend in the road. Stop by Alpine Creek Lodge, Clearwater Mountain Lodge or Maclaren River Lodge for an unforgettable stay in the backcountry, or try your hand at dog mushing with Squid Acres Kennel.
Farther south, Denali State Park is a great option as well. This less-crowded area is filled with scenic lookouts, kayaking and canoeing and guided hiking.
For a scenic Denali experience, Talkeetna is the place to be. From the overlook with a near 180-degree view of Denali, the south face of Denali stands tall. For an immersive experience, try a flightseeing or jetboating trip from downtown - both are popular visitor activities.
Just because the Park Road is closed at Mile 43 doesn't mean you'll miss out on iconic Denali experience. There are many options that will leave you breathless under North America's tallest peaks.