Adventures of The Cat Nap Inn travel blog

Nenana Canyon

Moose Feeding on Willow

Moose Feeding on Willow

Train Tressel in Nenana Canyon

Denali Park Entrance

Denali First Peek

Denali Second Peek

Tolkut River

Plains of Murie


Mt. McKinley - Denali




We left Seward headed for Denali National Park. To get there, we had to back track through Anchorage and Wasilla. We spent a night in Wasilla since the campground there was pretty decent, and Wasilla is a good place to re-supply.

The trip from Wasilla was the most boring to date until we got near Denali where the views of the mountain ranges were pretty impressive. At Denali, we traveled through the Nanana Canyon – it is a pretty scary because it has seen lots of rock slides and the wind can be pretty strong across a very high bridge.

We took the 8 hour round trip back into Denali to the Eielson Visitor’s Center – WOW - what views of the mountain ranges and Mt. McKinley as we had a glorious day with perfect visibility. We were told by the guide that we were pretty lucky as these views only occur 20 – 30% of the time.

The road back to the visitors center is a narrow dirt road with significant drop offs. With the busses going both directions, it could be pretty tight. Because I know of the blind spot in front of buses (17’ in ours), it scared the heck out of me, and I had to ask the driver how long it took her to get comfortable with the drive. She replied –“that she had white knuckles the first two weeks” – I believe her.

Much to Stephanie’s disappointment, there were few animal sightings.

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