Denali Highway, Alaska

The Denali Highway opened in 1957, and was the first road access to Denali National Park.   This gravel highway is 135 miles long, which makes for a unique travel experience.  Because  the road is gravel, recommended travel speed is 30 mph.   Make sure you have a spare tire!

The Denali Highway connects the communities of Paxon (east) and Cantwell (west).   During this travel, your will pass through river valleys, glacial plains and mountain summits.   Travelers chose this trip for the spectacular scenery and wildlife opportunities.   Often, there will not be another car in sight.

This highway is not maintained during winter months (early October until snow melt occurs).   Thus, the unplowed Denali Highway makes a wonderful winter recreation area.   There are numerous lodges along this highway that operate year round.   These lodges can be reached by dog sled or snow machine.   More information about those services can be found here.

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