We were traveling on the bus to our lodgings in Denali National Park. We saw moose, caribou, and bear. There are approximately 1,800 moose on the north side of the Alaska Range in Denali National Park and Preserve. Generally speaking, your best chances to see wildlife will be while riding a bus ride on the Denali Park Road.
A bus offers numerous advantages for the wildlife seeker. You sit much higher than in a normal vehicle, enabling you to see over roadside brush. The bus will have dozens more eyes on it, allowing folks to look in all directions. A trained and experienced driver will take care of navigating you along the windy, serpentine Park Road, which at points travels along the sides of mountains, letting you relax and focus on the scenery and trying to spot animals.
At numerous points the road rises above treeline, offering unimpeded views for miles around. Such areas are most likely to yield views of animals, although sometimes at a distance—bringing binoculars will help you enjoy viewing wildlife even at a distance.
Any trip in Denali looking for wildlife has an element of chance to it—some trips are lucky and see a wide variety of wildlife, while others are less lucky and may only see a handful of animals. The ride in and out of Denali is truly a bucket list experience.
November 24th, 2020
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