The Spectacular Landscapes of Denali National Park – Part II: Beyond Polychrome


Further out beyond Polychrome Pass in Denali National Park you will experience further spectacular scenery. Places like Toklat River and the Eielson Visitor Centre offer great views. Eielson was as far as I travelled in the park but beyond here you can go to Wonder Lake and Kantishna for more of that spectacular scenery.

Denali National Park
Choose your own adventure

Toklat River is a bus stop on the park road. There is a small visitor centre located there and the scenery is mountainous with the rocky Toklat River bed passing through it. Keep an eye out for Dall Sheep on the nearby rocky slopes.

Toklat River Denali NP Alaska
Toklat River
Toklat River Denali NP Alaska
Toklat River
Toklat River Denali NP Alaska
Toklat River
Toklat River Denali NP Alaska
Toklat River
Toklat River Denali NP Alaska
Toklat River
Toklat River Denali NP Alaska
Toklat River
Dall Sheep high up on a cliff near Toklat River Denali NP Alaska
Dall Sheep high up on a cliff near Toklat River

The Eielson area offers different scenery, a larger visitor centre and a number of hiking options (guided and unguided). I went out there a couple of times as the first time was overshadowed by heavy rain and mist.

Denali NP Bus Eielson Area
Headed for the Eielson Area at Mile 66 of the park road

Misty Eielson – Thorofare Ridge

Thorofare Ridge Eielson Visitor Centre Denali NP Alaska
Heading out on the Thorofare Ridge trail
Thorofare Ridge Eielson Visitor Centre Denali NP Alaska
Looking down to the Eielson Visitor Centre from the Thorofare Ridge trail
Thorofare Ridge Eielson Visitor Centre Denali NP Alaska
Hiking Thorofare Ridge above Eielson Visitor Centre on a wet and misty day
Thorofare Ridge Eielson Visitor Centre Denali NP Alaska
Thorofare Ridge

Not So Misty Eielson

Eielson Area Denali National Park Alaska
Eielson Area
Eielson Visitor Centre and Thorofare Ridge Denali National Park Alaska
Eielson Visitor Centre and Thorofare Ridge where I had hiked the day before in mist and heavy rain
Eielson Visitor Centre Denali NP Alaska
Eielson Visitor Centre offers information about the wildlife and trails in the Eielson area
Eielson Visitor Centre Denali NP Alaska
My motto
Eielson Area Denali National Park Alaska
Eielson Area
Eielson Area Denali National Park Alaska
Eielson Area

On the way out to Eielson you will likely see plenty of Caribou and Grizzly Bears. It is fantastic to see these beautiful animals in the wild and vast space of Denali.

Caribou Denali National Park Alaska
Caribou
A Grizzly not far from the Eielson Visitor Centre Denali NP Alaska
A Grizzly not far from the Eielson Visitor Centre

Denali National Park offers a beauty very different from other national parks in the United States and is a place you really should add to your bucket list. You wont regret it!

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