Paul & Jan's Fulltime Adventure travel blog

Boondocking at Teklanika River Campground

Inside Denali Park

Relaxing with the campfire

The George Parks Highway takes you south out of Fairbanks toward Anchorage. Along the way is Denali National Park and Preserve. For those of you who didn't know, this is the home of the "great one", Mt McKinley. Although this is its official name, natives and most Alaskans still call it "Denali", the High One. The mountain is the highest on the North American continent, one that reaches a towering 20,320 feet.

Just a few miles outside Fairbanks, we ran into highway construction. It was just a minor delay though, as we waited for a pilot vehicle to lead us past some asphalting. As we got closer to the park, we caught some glimpses of the mountain. What an awesome sight, even at this distance. We certainly hope it is clear when we go into the park, so we will be able to see it up close and personal.

We had make reservations at Teklanika River Campground which is located on the park road inside Denali Park. We can catch the shuttle bus right at the campground so we won't have to travel back out of the park to do so. After picking up our campground and shuttle bus tickets at the Wilderness Access Center, we headed for the campground at the 29 mile marker of the park road. After settling into our side, we did a little exploring and just relaxed for the rest of the evening. In the early morning we will catch the shuttle bus for a day of exploration and hopefully an unobstructed view of the "Great One". We can't wait!

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