Denali National Park and Preserve Cruise Port

Port of Denali National Park and Preserve: An Overview

Often found on pre- or post-cruise tours to Alaska's interior, Denali National Park and Preserve encompasses 6-million acres of untamed wilderness, including Denali (also known as Mount McKinley) -- the highest mountain in North America.

Made up of a combination of forest, tundra and glaciers, the park is bisected by a lone 92-mile stretch of road. It's closed to traffic (except authorized vehicles) after the first 15 miles.

The park is an excellent place to spot animals you likely won't see at home, including moose, caribou, Dall sheep and grizzly bears, as well as several types of notable birds like ptarmigans and bald eagles. Despite the menagerie of animals, no hunting is allowed in the preserve, with the exception of special permission granted to those whose ancestors used the land for that purpose before it became a national park.

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Tour the Tundra: The only way to venture deep into the park in one day is to go by bus. Whether you book a guided, narrated wildlife tour to view various critters from the safety of a comfy seat on a tour bus or use the park's more affordable, un-narrated hop-on, hop-off shuttle buses to explore on foot at your leisure, you won't want to miss out on seeing the local flora and fauna. Prices for the most expensive park-sponsored shuttle option -- which will take you all the way to the end of the road at mile 92 -- are $51 for adults (no charge for children 15 and younger) and go down in price for other destinations along the route. Shuttle prices do not include the $10 park admission fee. Check with your cruise line regarding guided tour options if you don't want to go it alone; one of the narrated tour bus excursions might even be included in the price of your cruisetour.

Non-Denali Excursions: Additional tours that depart from the area immediately surrounding Denali National Park and Preserve include flightseeing, golfing and trips to visit dog sled camps, among others. Check with your cruise line for details on specific offerings, prices and booking options.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money

Currency is the U.S. dollar. ATMs are available at local hotels, resorts and gas stations, as well as some shops.


English is spoken in and around Denali National Park.

  • The trip into Denali was a fun filled day! We did not get to see a bear but several busses did. We saw many Moose, Carabou, and Mountain Sheep. The driver kept saying just around this curve we might be able to see Mt. Denali. As happens most of the ... Read more
  • The McKinley Chalet Resort was charming, loved the woodsy cabin look. The restaurants were good. The rooms were spacious and clean. The only downside is it was quite warm and there was no air conditioning. The fan they provided brought little ... Read more