National park photo ops: Yes, you can catch Alaska critters through a tour bus window

A lone caribou forages in Alaska's Denali National Park.
A lone caribou forages in Alaska’s Denali National Park.
(Mark Boster/ Los Angeles Times)

With one road servicing Denali National Park & Preserve in Alaska, most access is arranged by tour. There are grizzly bear, caribou, Dall sheep and moose in the area. Most are visible with telephoto lenses.

This caribou was photographed from the road with a 400mm lens. Since I was on a tour bus, I ended up balancing my lens on the open window.

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In honor of this year’s National Park Service centennial, the Travel section is posting 100 park travel ideas and tips based on trips staff travel writer Christopher Reynolds has taken, along with photo-op advice from Times photographer Mark Boster. We’ll post one per day through Dec. 31.


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