Denali National Park Opens for the Season

Denali National Park tours, activities and lodging are open for the 2012 season By: Skye Mayring
Guests can view the scenery at Denali National Park with one of the park’s popular guided bus tours. // © 2012 Aramark Parks and Destinations
Guests can view the scenery at Denali National Park with one of the park’s popular guided bus tours. // © 2012 Aramark Parks and Destinations

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Clients looking for a memorable Alaska experience this summer can’t miss out on a visit to Denali National Park — and now is the time to visit. Denali Park Resorts, operator of McKinley Chalet Resort and McKinley Village Lodge, has opened guided tours, lodges, restaurants and activities for the summer season, making this vast wilderness accessible to visitors.

“The season opening of Denali National Park is a celebration of the awakening of nature after months of hibernation,” said Carol Fraser, director of sales and marketing for Denali Park Resorts. “With more than 6 million acres to explore, a Denali vacation offers numerous activities for visitors to enjoy.”

The park’s guided bus tours open up the park’s interior to vacationers. Private vehicles are only permitted to mile 15 of the Park’s 92-mile road. Beyond that point, guests must take a bus tour or a shuttle to see the stunning vistas of Denali and to have a chance to catch a of glimpse of Mount McKinley, with an elevation of 20,320 feet. Denali Park Resorts offers three bus tours within Denali.

Perhaps the most popular of Denali’s guided bus tours, the eight-hour Tundra Wilderness Tour, has returned this year. The tour includes a 53-mile drive to the Toklat River rest area, which is the first opportunity to view Mount McKinley. Along the way, the tour provides opportunities to see the distinctive Dall sheep, moose, grizzly bears and other wildlife living there. The park’s longest tour — the Kantishna Experience, which travels the full length of the park road to the historic mining district of Kantishna — begins operation on June 9.

Also opening are two premier lodging options just outside of the park, McKinley Chalet Resort and McKinley Village Lodge, with stunning views, a variety of dining options and numerous activities. The 345-room McKinley Chalet Resort is now open for booking as is the McKinley Village Lodge, which completely renovated its rooms in 2009.

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