Denali Peeks Over Willow Ridge
Sometime between late August and early October, Fall settles into Denali National Park, and much of the vegetation transforms from a lush green into a mix of deep amber, red, and orange hues. While Fall lasts three months on the calendar, in Alaska the season reveals itself as a quick two to three week transition between Summer and Winter.
Denali Backdrops Deep Fall Colors
A Guest Enjoys Crisp Fall Weather
Summer crowds in Denali are typically light compared to other national parks, especially past mile 14. During the final few weeks of the season, crowds are often even lighter. Since many lodges and tours in and around Denali close up in mid-September, the natural look of the park can feel even more unoccupied and exclusive.
One Of Many Valleys In The Park
A Rainbow Stretching Over A Mellow Stream
In the final weeks before winter, animals in the park are foraging for food, stocking up on energy before they hibernate or migrate for the season. Since Denali Park sits in the rain shadow of the Alaska Range, the park tends to receive less snow than other parts of Alaska, and many animals and wildlife like to make it their home during the winter.
Bears Foraging Before Hibernation
A Caribou On A Brisk Fall Morning