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Tundra Tapestry

If you can only visit one more wilderness area in your lifetime, make sure it’s Denali National Park. In early September, the ground is a riot of reds, yellows and oranges from berry bushes and lichen. Caribou, moose and grizzly bears walk out in front of your camera. Foxes scamper across the trail with a snowshoe hare or Willow Ptarmigan in their mouths. Scan the rocky hills carefully and you’ll see the tiny white dots that are herds of Dall Sheep.

But you may not see Denali (Mt. McKinley). Only 30% of park visitors ever do. At 20,320 feet, even it’s lower slopes are often hidden in the clouds.

Mile 45
Mile 45

There are probably at least 4 bears, 12 moose and a herd of caribou in the above picture. If you don’t believe me, check back over the next few days to see them exposed.

A tip: You can pay $150 for the 112 mile round trip bus tour. But we had most of our wildlife sightings in the first 14 miles and you can cover this in the free shuttle bus to Savage River that leaves the Visitor Center every 2 hours. Take the shuttle out, hike the 2 mile Savage River loop trail and then catch the next bus back.