The Denali Highway in Alaska was the main route to Denali National Park until it was bypassed by a faster more direct route - a perfect example of why it’s sometimes better to enjoy a slower trek on the back roads instead of rushing to a destination. The route hugs the south side of the Alaska Range for 135 miles, 110 miles of which are gravel - any road not requiring 4x4 is called a highway here! Adventurous travelers come from all over the world to experience its breathtaking scenery. The BLM maintains waysides and campgrounds along the highway, and visitors can also stay at several lodges. #getoutdoors #backyard2backcountry
I took “Denali Sunset” at about 1 AM as the sunset glow ignited high cirrus clouds rolling in with the approach of the next storm. The thin clouds lit up like fire and reflected the same surreal flaming glow on the lakes below.
By Bob Wick, Wilderness Specialist for the BLM’s National Conservation Lands