8 routes · Hiking
A short and easy stroll at the Eielson Visitor Center showcasing the beautiful tundra landscape.
- 1 km
- 50 m
- 50 m
- 0-1 hrs
- Low Point
- 1.1 km
- High Point
- 1.1 km
The Tundra Loop is a short must-do hike at the Eielson Visitor Center, deep in the heart of Denali National Park. With an average trail time of just 15 minutes, this is the perfect way to stretch out after a long bus ride and to soak in the unadulterated views of the stunning terrain. The trail is mostly flat, at least two feet wide, and a great option for the entire family. If you've made it this far into the park, this is a hike that you cannot miss.
On clear days, the visitor center alone offers impeccable views of the Alaskan Range, with Denali towering in the distance. The facility was even given a major renovation in 2008 to offer a more sleek and elegant profile tucked within the hillside. According to the park, wildlife can also be observed from the visitor center and along the Tundra Trail, though it should always be observed from a distance.
One of the most important things to note about this hike is that, although short, it can only be accessed by shuttle bus through the summer months. Private permits are granted for select weekends each year but have been known to sell out in minutes. For more information about traveling within the park, including bus information, click here.
Sources: https://www.recreation.gov/ticket/300014/ticket/2089 https://www.nps.gov/dena/planyourvisit/dayhiking.htm
Walking along a well-kept trail that’s mostly flat. No obstacles are present.
Best time to visit
- Wild flowers
- Family friendly