Denali National Park, Alaska, United States of America: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Denali National Park, Alaska, United States of America? If you're planning to go to Denali National Park, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


When to go to Denali National Park, Alaska, United States of America

Based on the climate and weather in Denali National Park, the best time to go is July. See below for details.

Important essentials for Denali National Park, Alaska, United States of America

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Denali National Park, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


  • Travel insurance that includes COVID-19 coverage

    Cases are climbing again, and areas are returning to lockdown. If you or a companion get COVID-19, you may be stuck with no way home -- but travel insurance can protect you. Learn more about COVID-19 and travel insurance


  • A vaccine card protector

    Vaccine cards may wear away. An unreadable card may result in severe consequences. This vaccine card protector helps avoid that.


  • Hand sanitizer

    This hand sanitizer is an easy-to-carry plane-friendly option.


  • N95 masks

    These N95 masks provide the best level of COVID protection available.


  • Kids' KN95 masks

    N95 masks are not available for kids. These are a good alternative (and can also be used by adults if N95 masks are not available).

  • (U.S. Residents) Telehealth COVID-19 test for entry to U.S.

    U.S. residents still need a certified COVID-19 test to return home, but it can now be via Zoom. Learn more


  • Travel disinfecting wipes

    Use these to sanitize plane and hotel surfaces.


  • Touchless thermometer

    A touchless thermometer is important to have.

General health necessities

Don't forget these

What to wear/what to pack for Denali National Park, Alaska, United States of America by month

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January

January here is beyond freezing. Temperatures average in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C) during the day.

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February

Traveling to Denali National Park in February, you will notice that it can be bitter cold. Daytime temperatures are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

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March

March in this region is biting cold. Temperatures average in the 20s F (single digits below 0 C) during the day.

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April

April in Denali National Park is very cold. Temperatures average in the 30s F (single digits C) during the day.

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May

May in Denali National Park is brisk. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 30s F (single digits C), with a few days below 20 F (single digits below 0 C).

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June

June here is chilly. Temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day.

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July

July in Denali National Park is chilly. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 40s F (single digits C).

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August

If you are traveling to Denali National Park in August, you will notice that it is pretty cool. Daytime temperatures are in the 50s F (low 10s C).

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September

If you vacation in Denali National Park during September, you may see that it can be brisk. Temperatures tend to hover around the 40s F (single digits C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 30s F (single digits C).

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October

October in Denali National Park is frigid. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 10s F (single digits below 0 C).

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November

November in Denali National Park can be bitter cold. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the single digits F (10+ below zero C).

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December

December here is unbearably cold. Temperatures average in the 20s F (single digits below 0 C) during the day.

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Activities for Denali National Park, Alaska, United States of America

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Denali National Park.

If you go to Wonder Lake, you're likely to do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet


  • Binoculars

    Like these


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.

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