Parks Highway

Denali State Park to Healy, 116 miles
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Connecting Alaska's two largest cities - Anchorage and Fairbanks - the George Parks Highway travels through spectacular wilderness into the heart of Alaska.

The Parks Highway was first called the Anchorage - Fairbanks Highway when it was completed in 1971, but was renamed for George A. Parks, territorial governor of Alaska (1925 to 1933). The highway offers a number of opportunities to see North America's tallest peak, Mount McKinley. It also provides access to Denali National Park and Preserve.

South Denali Wayside in the Fall. Credit: Aneta Synan, Alaska DOT&PF

Byway Highlights

  • Hike among the 48-miles of trails in Denali State Park.
  • Just past scenic Byers Lake, pause at the Alaska Veterans Memorial for a few moments.
  • Locate a photographer's dream photo at the south end of the Hurricane Gulch Bridge and don't forget to pick some berries on the way.
  • For the adventurous, hike the 27-mile Little Coal Creek Trail.
  • Imagine summiting the majestic Mount McKinley (20,320 feet) while you look at the mountain at Broad Pass, a 2,400-foot pass featuring diverse growth and a unique perspective. An incredible photo opportunity of the Alaska Range exists here.
  • Whitewater rafting is popular in the turbulent Nenana River.
  • Stop in Healy and learn more about Alaska's largest coal-mining operation.

Calendar of Annual Events


  • Winterfest
    Denali National Park


  • Ice Classic Tripod Weekend
Byers Lake photo
Kayakers enjoy a day on Byers Lake off the Parks Highway

Parks Highway in the Fall. Credit: Aneta Synan, Alaska DOT&PF
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