Denali Quick Facts:

  • The highest mountain peak in North America
  • Formerly known as Mount McKinley
  • The peak reaches 20,320 feet (6,194 m) into the sky
  • The base to peak is a higher rise in elevation than Mount Everest and is the greatest rise from any land based mountain


Denali, formerly known as Mount Mckinley and also called “The Great One,” is the highest peak throughout North America. The rise in elevation from the base to the peak is greater than Mount Everest. Discover what makes Denali one of the Seven Natural Wonders of North America.

The Everest base starts out on the Tibetan Plateau which sits at an elevation of 17,000 feet (5,200 m) which means that the vertical rise is approximately 12,000 feet (3,700 m). The base of Mount McKinley starts out at approximately 2,000 feet (610 m) plateau which means that the vertical rise is approximately 18,000 feet (5,500 m).

Where is Denali located

Denali is located just south of the central point in Alaska. It is found towards the center of Denali National Park. The national park is about a 5 hour drive north from Anchorage.

The coordinates of the mountain are 63 04’10″N and 151 00’27” W

Best way to see and experience Denali

Denali is the prominent attraction of Denali National Park. The primary way to see and experience this majestic wonder of nature is through the national park bus service. There are no cars allowed in Denali National Park.

Visitors catch one of several buses that traverse the park making their way to the various lookouts along the 92 mile road. Eilson visitor center is one of the key destinations within the park to view Denali. This is actually located at mile 66.

Additional viewing spots include on the park road include Primrose Ridge (mile 16), Sony Hill Overlook (mile 62) and Wonder Lake (mile 85). Visitors can also capture views of Denali in the Talkeetna area stopping at the McKinley View pullout, Talkeetna Riverfront Park, and the deck of the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge.

The Mount McKinley Princess Lodge also provides views of Denali from the lodge. True adventures are going to get out of the bus and trek and hike the wilderness of Denali national park. Permits are needed for backcountry hikes and camping.

Visitors can also take scenic flights around the park capturing views of the splendor of the area along with views of Denali itself. The challenge with seeing Denali is always related to cloud coverage. Clouds encase the mountain more times than not and views of the mountain are pure random blessings.

Best time to visit Denali

The summer months are of mid June through August are the best time to explore Denali. The temperatures, which can still be rather chilly, are at their warmest. The salmon are returning, which brings out the bears for feeding. The wildlife is most abundant during these months.

An alternate time to visit is early to mid-September. Fall is setting in and the red and yellow colors blanketing the fields and wilderness area are spectacular. Less wildlife, which is beginning to migrate out of the area, but still amazing.

Denali Travel Tips

Gettingn to Denali is half the fun. The majority of travelers will find themselves in Anchorage whether by cruise or by plane. The next step is getting to Denali. The most scenic and adventurous way to do that is through then Alaskan Railroad. This is a must experience for those who want to truly take in all that Alaska and Denali have to offer.

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