Parks Highway and Denali Park Road Side Trip is a 323 mile trail located near Cantwell, Alaska. The trail is primarily used for scenic driving and is accessible from May until November.
The George Parks Highwaymore commonly referred to as the Parks Highwaylinks Anchorage and Fairbanks and provides the most direct highway access to Denali National Park and Preserve from either city. Mount McKinley/Denali (elev. 20,320 feet) is visible from the highway, weather permitting. The entrance to Denali National Park is located at Milepost A 237.4 on the Parks Highway, 125 miles south of Fairbanks.
The Parks Highway shares a common alignment with the Glenn Highway (Alaska Route 1) between Anchorage and Wasilla, where it continues north as Alaska Route 3 to Fairbanks. The Parks Highway junctions with the Denali Highway (Alaska Route 8) at Cantwell, Milepost A 210.
The Parks Highway was called the AnchorageFairbanks Highway after its completion in 1971, then renamed the George Parks Highway in July 1975 in honor of George A. Parks, the territorial governor from 1925 to 1933. The entire route runs 362 miles through some of the grandest scenery that Alaska has to offer, crossing the Alaska Range at Broad Pass.
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Absolutely love this road. I had the privilege of having to work in the area as well hunting, camping, fishing, site seeing and berry picking here for several years.
We took the bus tour all the way to the end on the last day we were permitted to. 9 Grizzly Bear sightings and Moose. Too late for the Caribou winter was on its way in.