Mount McKinley or Denali "The High One"

  • Mt. McKinley note card photo

Highest Mountain Peak In The United States and North America

Elevation 20,320 Feet Above Sea Level. Making it the talles mountain on land.

Mount McKinley is one of the "Seven Summits"  The Seven Highest Peaks Of The Seven Continent's

A climbers Challenge- one to be met with fortitude and determination.  You could be part of the exclusive group called the Seven Summits.

Here at Denali Touch Of Wilderness , we have visitors from all over the world that come to see this mountain located in Denali National Park & Preserve. "Denali" is the Athabascan name for Mt. McKinley, meaning "The Great One" (some call it "The High One")

The bulk of our guests come during the summer months. Late May thru September. There is a host of things one can do during that time. The main one being taking a bus ride into Denali National Park & Preserve.

The first 15 miles of the 92 miles of Denali Park Road is to Savage River. After that it turnes into gravel roads and is limited to Bus service only. Mt. McKinley can be seen as early as Mile 9 (weather permitting) Wildlife sightings increase the farther you go into the park. You'll want to look for  "Denali's Big Five"

There are two types of buses: (Green) Shuttle Buses and (Tan)Tour Buses. Shuttle Buses are less expensive than Tour Buses and offer more flexibility in that you can get off anywhere along the way to hike or take pictures and then catch another bus as it goes by. Shuttle buses are non-narrated (although the drivers do provide information along the way) There are four shuttle options going deeper and deeper into the park. The best times for viewing the wildlife is just around dawn and  dusk. There are bus tours to cover both of those times and inbetween.  One of our guest was lucky enough to see two Lynx playing with each other. 

Tour buses have your driver narrate your trip. They offer a snack or full lunch. Three tour bus options with varying length.

Lastly are the Courtesy buses: Three types of courtesy buses operate on the publicly-accessible portion of the Park Road. These enable folks without vehicles, or those who wish to leave their vehicle behind, to travel between various facilities, campgrounds and day-use areas. All three types of courtesy bus are free, and none require reservations.

* with expressed permission of Peggy Johnson-Photo of note cards sold in our gift shop. Photography by Johnny Johnson.