Situated just 11 miles outside Denali National Park, the town of Healy is often the preferred base for those visiting Denali. The town sits at the mouth of Healy Creek on the Nenana River, just under 80 miles from the city of Fairbanks. Healy was originally developed by the Usibelli Coal Mine as a mining town in 1918. The mine today still supplies over 800,000 tons of coal each year to various entities.
Next to mining, tourism is the heart of Healy's economy. The accessibility of Denali National Park keeps this town busy in the summer months. There are plenty of options in regards to lodging, as well as restaurants and gift shops and even a golf course. Visitors can enjoy day trips into the park on one of the regular shuttle buses, or explore the many hiking trails. The Denali National Park Visitors Center provides an exhibit area, question and answer sessions with park rangers and gives information on the many excursions and activities in the park. The Murie Science Learning Center, located at the entrance to the park, provides information and exhibits on scientific aspects of the area.
Denali's history includes the Kantishna Hills gold rush in the early 1900's, as well as mountaineering. Climbers come to the area every year to try their luck on the mountain, with varying degrees of success and failure. The park is open year round.
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