You can take a shuttle bus (not narrated) or you can take a tour bus which has a park naturalist on board who drives the bus and gives you lots of narration. Tour buses are tan, shuttle buses are green. We recommend taking cold weather gear and rain gear if you are there early in June, which we were there the first week. It started out cold (in the thirties when we left very early in the morning on the shuttle) and periodically it rained throughout the day. (it rains often in Alaska!)Here is a link to the different types of tours and shuttles. https://www.nps.gov/dena/planyourvisit/visiting-denali.htm
|One of the stops on the shuttle bus tour|
about go crazy from the larva infestation and try to get on patches of ice to get relief from the flies...guess the cold ice helps. In July and August, they can be seen running wildly on the tundra, or shaking their heads violently or stomping their feet, trying to avoid the botfly.
We saw a Wilson's Warbler, a cross fox, which is a sort of hybrid fox with red and black fur, who crossed the road and went right along side of the bus, intent on a mission of some sort. He didn't even stop and look at us, must be used to the buses going along the road all the time. He really blended into the hillside!
We saw Dall sheep, kind of straggly looking and scrawny. We think they were young ones....It looked like a male in the front with his harem!
We saw THREE grizzly bears...a mama nursing her cubs....and one having a great old time in the meadow grasses...
A magnificent creature, even from far away....
If you get lucky enough, you might get see a beautiful view of Mt. Denali. It's so covered up with clouds on so many days, only about 30% of the people get to see the summit. We did! See the mountains down low. Keep looking up and up, and there's the BIG ONE. Denali. We saw the summit on many of the days we were there. The views were spectacular. This photo just doesn't do it justice, but it shows the difficulty of photographing through and around the clouds coming and going constantly.
If you get lucky, you might see a wolf in Denali. Only 3-4% of visitors to the park ever see a wolf. We didn't, but we did see a rainbow on our way home from the park today, a beautiful finish to a long but wonderful day!
We thought that was the perfect ending, until Sparky saw this on our way out of the visitor center parking lot, as we were getting back into our car and heading out back to our campsite.....People were driving right by him and not even seeing him! He was in the bushes in the middle of the parking lot on a hill! Sparky made Eldo turn around and go back around twice. What a terrific day we had!
Next on tap, we leave Denali and head to Seward....See you later!