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Old 06-17-2009, 12:01 PM
 
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What is there to do that is free at Denali National Park? I am going to reserve a room at the Grande Lodge and would like to do activities that aren't costly... Any ideas?
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Old 06-17-2009, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Go hang out with Bob Blockus, yes indeed. He'll show you how much fun you can have at ARA Chalet Denali National Park.
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Old 06-17-2009, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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Bob will come up with some wonderful ideas.

Otherwise enjoy some hiking and sightseeing. Bring a camera.
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Old 06-17-2009, 02:07 PM
 
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Default Free DNP

You can drive your own vehicle in to Savage River checkpoint mile 15 for free & then hike the scenic 2 mile Savage River loop- good chance to see dall sheep above on Primrose Ridge & marmots by the trail. From there you can hike further back along the Savage River in either direction. South of the park road in the Savage River drainage we have seen herds of caribou, porcupine, lynx, and bears. You can even climb up to Primrose Ridge from the parking lot.

Or you can take the free Savage River shuttle bus from the WAC to the same location.

There is also a doggie sled demo, the Denali Visitor's Center, the Murie Science Center and lots of hiking trails all for free near the entrance. You can climb Mt. Healy from a trail at the entrance.

Backpacking in Denali is free; however, you have to pay $30 for the camper bus ticket. You can backpack for 30 days using that one camper bus ticket, so that would be only $1/day, which is almost free!

You can watch the white water rafters along the Nenana River for free.
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Old 06-17-2009, 04:39 PM
 
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Whatever you do, don't forget about Bob.
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Old 06-17-2009, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Bliss Township, Michigan
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Visit Mr. Bob, Human Computer with Ideas, is indeed.
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Old 06-17-2009, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Casa Grande, AZ
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LOL...Mr. B must be newest attraction in Denali...We have pictures of his room...maybe we should visit the icon and have a party...
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Old 06-18-2009, 04:50 PM
 
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Thanks Bongo for your great feedback!

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You can drive your own vehicle in to Savage River checkpoint mile 15 for free & then hike the scenic 2 mile Savage River loop- good chance to see dall sheep above on Primrose Ridge & marmots by the trail. From there you can hike further back along the Savage River in either direction. South of the park road in the Savage River drainage we have seen herds of caribou, porcupine, lynx, and bears. You can even climb up to Primrose Ridge from the parking lot.

Or you can take the free Savage River shuttle bus from the WAC to the same location.

There is also a doggie sled demo, the Denali Visitor's Center, the Murie Science Center and lots of hiking trails all for free near the entrance. You can climb Mt. Healy from a trail at the entrance.

Backpacking in Denali is free; however, you have to pay $30 for the camper bus ticket. You can backpack for 30 days using that one camper bus ticket, so that would be only $1/day, which is almost free!

You can watch the white water rafters along the Nenana River for free.
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Old 06-27-2009, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Homosassa, Florida
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Too cold at Denali National Park in summer. need hot spa or bottle of wine or both. average temperature June times 55 degrees.
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Old 06-27-2009, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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Thats exactly why they sell jackets on this planet Bob. So you can dress for the weather.
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