Choose a segment of the Park Road you would like to explore below.
1. Denali Frontcountry – This segment is rich with human history. The Nenana River winds through the area, as well as the Parks Highway and Alaska Railroad. Many human-built structures are present here including the Railroad Depot and Park Headquarters.
2. On the Park Road to Savage River – The first sixteen miles of the Denali Park Road are paved and allow for travel in a personal vehicle. The road climbs up through thick spruce forest to reach more open alpine shrub lands, crossing several major stream channels.
3. Between the Savage and Teklanika Rivers – This segment covers milepost 16-33 of the Denali Park Road as it winds along Mt. Margaret to the Sanctuary River. The road then follows the Teklanika River upstream to the base of Igloo Canyon.
4. Igloo Canyon to the Toklat River – The road climbs Igloo Canyon to Sable Pass before dropping to the East Fork of the Toklat River, climbing to Polychrome Pass, and descending to the main channel of the Toklat River.
5. Between the Toklat River and the Eielson Visitor Center – Climbing out of the Toklat River basin, the road quickly leaves the forest to the alpine tundra of Highway Pass, Stony Dome, Thorofare Pass and the Eielson Visitor Center.
6. Between the Eielson Visitor Center and Kantishna – The last 20 miles of the Denali Park Road descend from the Eielson Bluffs to mid-elevations above the McKinley River. Passing the mouth of Wonder Lake, the road continues to the historic mining district of Kantishna.