Nice morning and Kelso and I walked into the Tanana Valley Fair Grounds. The Dog Event they are having this weekend is an Agility Competition. We never got close to the field where the event was being held but Kelso was not impressed.
We left Tanana Valley Campgrounds at a little after 8:00. The sun was out and the temps were about 60 F. This is not a long ride today. I had nothing special in mind for Denali Park other than it is a major attraction.
We entered the Park and went to the Visitor Center. The place was pretty busy but there is also a store selling souvenir items and a small restuarant. After looking at the maps of the park I decided I would take the park road to a spot designated at “Mountain Views”. It was about 15 miles from the Visitor Center and as far as you can go in a private vehicle. They have buses that you can take further into the park. I think the road extends in about 50 miles.
The scenery is really something to behold. There are mountains all around you as you wind thru the valley well below the peaks. I think we were between 2000 and 3000 feet of elevation. When we arrived at the farthest point I could go, they had a checkpoint. There were 2 parking areas, one on either side of the river. I was fortunate to get the last parking space in the 2nd area. They would have let us stop in the aisle for a minute or so to take some photos but this gave Kelso a chance to stretch his legs. A lot of the people who had stopped were going hiking on the trails along the Savage River. The rangers even had a fixed telescope that they were using to track some sheep on the mountain on the other side of the river. Without the telescope you could not see the sheep.
On our way back out there were several “scenic lookouts” that you could stop at. We stopped at one and it had an information board that showed you what mountains you were looking at. Denali South is the tallest and on the left and Denali North is on the right.
We spent several hour at Denali Park, and it was well worth it. The drive to Cantwell was short. I stopped for fuel and to clean the windshield. It was so dirty I did not want to take photos thru it. The price of gas was $5.40 per gallon. I did not buy any. Fuel in Anchorage is just under $4.00 per gallon. The RV park is certainly different that all the others we have stayed at, minimum grass and all the RV’s are lined up like maybe they are for sale. Only a 2 night stay.
The Savage River looking East
Looking away from the Savage River across the parking area.
Looking across at Mount Denali (see photo below).
The information placard at one of the scenic turnout.
Another scenic turnout with the view across the road.
Same scenic turnout as the one above, but looking down the road toward the park entrance.