Because of its vicinity to Mt. McKinley, Denali State Park provides outstanding views of “the mountain” throughout much of its 325,000 acres. Most visitors to Denali State Park access the park at Byer’s Lake which has a campground, day parking, and is the base for both lake kayaking and guided hiking operations. Both of which are provided by local guide services. Transportation is available from nearby McKinley Princess Lodge which is also located within the state park, about 16 miles south of Byer’s Lake.
After your explorations at Byer’s Lake, it’s hard to image a more perfect way to end your day then by relaxing on the deck of the McKinley Princess Lodge while enjoying a beverage and appetizers on a clear summer evening in the land of the midnight sun. The views from the lodge are remarkable and offer direct views of Mt. McKinley which can not be experienced at lodges at the entrance of Denali National Park. There are several options for transportation to McKinley Princess Lodge. The Park Connection Motorcoach stops daily at the lodge as part of its Denali Express service. Or if you are traveling by rail, The Alaska Railroad stops at Talkeetna where Princess Motorcoaches will transport you the rest of the way to the lodge which is about an hour north. Alaska Tour & Travel also has self-drive – land tour packages which include McKinley Princess Lodge and activities at Denali State Park for those who like to keep their own schedule and drive themselves.
For those with an extra day to spend in route or upon return from Denali, Denali State Park is well worth taking the time to experience and compliments nicely a visit to Denali National Park.