How to Experience the Best of Denali in Winter

People come from all around the world to witness Denali National Park in the warmer months, but did you know that you can also visit Denali in the winter? While some programs close down and vehicle access is limited, there are still numerous possibilities for adventure here. And, wintertime allows rugged adventurers to enjoy a rare experience — the chance to enjoy this snow-covered landscape at the peak of its serenity and magnificence. Before you go, make sure you read through our local tips and activity suggestions. And, remember to download our free Vacation Guide to discover a wealth of more wintertime possibilities in Alaska!

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What to Know Before You Visit Denali in Winter:

Preparation is key to enjoying Denali National Park during the colder months, so here are a few things you should keep in mind before your trip:

  • Vehicle access is limited on Denali Park Road
  • Make sure you bring appropriate clothing for the frigid weather
  • Call the park at 907-683-2294 to learn about current conditions
  • Bring plenty of water to avoid dehydration, even during cold weather

As long as you come prepared, you’ll have a truly memorable experience at Denali!

Start at the Winter Visitor Center

During the winter months, the Murie Science and Learning Center acts as the park’s visitor center. You can find it at mile 1.4 on Denali Park Road, and we highly recommend stopping here before beginning your adventure. You can talk with rangers, pick up maps, and pay the entrance fee for the park. There is an indoor picnic area nearby, but it doesn’t serve food, so make sure you remember to bring healthy snacks to fuel up prior to heading onto the trails.

Explore the Trails

From here, you have a variety of trails available to you. You can pick up free snowshoe rentals at the visitor center and travel on foot, bring skis and glide along the snow, and there are even dog mushing tours available. However you choose to explore, you’re in for a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

View the Northern Lights

Wintertime is the best time to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, and Denali is perfect for it. As you venture through the trails, make sure you glance up at the sky, especially during darker hours. The peaceful environment and beautiful landscape at the park make for a magical backdrop to enjoy this enchanting display.

Be sure to take advantage of our Northern Lights special and get the most of your trip!

Celebrate at the Denali Winterfest

If you visit in February, you can also check out the Denali Winterfest celebration! From February 22nd to the 23rd, Denali and the surrounding community will be hosting several fun activities. Previous options have included guided tours on the trails, ice carving, snow sculpting, and painting classes to help you capture the beauty of this wintertime destination.

Return to the Warmth and Comfort of Alaska Garden Gate

View of bed in the Forest Haven Apartment at Alaska Garden Gate

Make the most of your trip by staying at Alaska Garden Gate B&B and Cottages! Our peaceful property is nestled in Palmer, AK, offering luxurious accommodations near Denali National Park. Whether you choose our private cottages or cozy, economical rooms at the inn, you can count on enjoying the best in comfort, service, and amenities like delicious breakfasts each morning. You can even rest your feet and warm up by the fireplace after a long day in the park!

The experience you can enjoy when you visit Alaska in the wintertime is simply unmatched. Book your stay today and get ready to make incredible memories!