Denali National Park, Alaska

Mount McKinley is in the center of the expansive area known as Denali National Park. McKinley is the tallest peak in North America. President Wilson signed a bill making Denali a National park on February 26, 1917. The park covers 7407 square miles while the preserve covers 2037 square miles. The park was originally name Mount McKinley National Park after the sitting president when it was originally formed but was later changed to Denali National Park after some controversy in 1980. Denali means the high one , referring to the mountain, in the Native American language of Athabaskan. The park is home to a large array of fossils and is a little over 15 covered by glaciers. There is a large variety of plant and wildlife including bears, eagles, sheep, moose, caribou, and many other birds and mammals.

Denali National Park Info


Denali National Park

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News

All Areas of Denali National Park and Preserve are Closed to Snowmobile Use Due to Inadequate Snow Cover

The management of Denali National Park and Preserve has determined that there is not adequate snow cover for the use of snowmobile for traditional activities in the 1980 additions to Denali National Park and Preserve on both sides of the Alaska Range.

Denali Hosting Fourth Annual Dandelion Demolition on June 8

Alaska’s early spring this year means early dandelions. Denali National Park and Preserve’s fourth annual “Dandelion Demolition” volunteer event is Saturday, June 8, 9 am-1 pm. 

Injured Climber Rescued from Windy Corner on Denali

Denali National Park and Preserve’s helicopter pilot and mountaineering rangers performed a short-haul rescue of an injured climber and their partner from Windy Corner on Denali’s West Buttress route the night of Sunday, May 12. 

Denali National Park Photos

View from Grand Denali Lodge

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View from Grand Denali Lodge

Grande Denali Lodge

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Grande Denali Lodge

Nenana River Viewpoint

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Nenana River Viewpoint

Parks Hwy

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Parks Hwy

Parks Hwy

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Parks Hwy

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These are some landscapes I took of Denali National Park on my recent visit.

This is the view from the top of Polychrome Pass. To me it is the prettiest place on the park road.

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These are some landscapes I took of Denali National Park on my recent visit.

This is the Teklanika River that runs beside the campground I like to stay at. By the color you can tell it is a glacial fed river and loaded with glacial silt. It also braided river that moves from side to side of it's bar.

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A red fox on the hunt for ground squirrels. He'd just gotten done caching a bunch of squirrels that he'd already gotten. When he has enough, he'll carry them all back to the den in a single trip.

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This is a Golden Eagle. As he still has a terminal band on his tail and some white on his wings he's not quite an adult, but close enough that he's gotten the golden feathers on the back of his neck.

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This is our state bird here in Alaska. This is a male willow ptarmigan. He's almost got his summer colors on. Just about the time he's done with that change, he'll be reverting back to his winter whites!

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This is a cross fox coloration of a red fox. The light areas are a bit paler than I usually see.

In Alaska about 30% of the red fox population is cross fox color.

Given the time of year, I suspect this one is on a hunt to bring back ground squirrels to a growing family back at the den.

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This is a cross fox coloration of a red fox. The light areas are a bit paler than I usually see.

In Alaska about 30% of the red fox population is cross fox color.

Given the time of year, I suspect this one is on a hunt to bring back ground squirrels to a growing family back at the den.

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I've been in Denali NP the last couple of days and out of touch.

This is a photo of Denali from the Eielson Visitor Center before the clouds completely obscured the mountain about 20 minutes latter.

I got a lot of photos of the south end of north bound bears. Hopefully when I go thru them they may have messed up for a few frames and showed me their faces.

Teddy hug

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Teddy hug

Grizzly bear grown up cub

Horshoe Lake - Denali National Park & Preserve

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Horshoe Lake - Denali National Park & Preserve

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Alaska Railroad's southbound Denali Star crosses the Riley Creek Bridge in Denali National Park on May 12, 2019.

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These are some landscapes I took of Denali National Park on my recent visit.

This is King's Crown Peak taken from Polychrome Pass.

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This is Denali, the tallest mountain in North America. It is also considered to be the biggest mountain in the world given it's relief from a base at around 1,500 feet in elevation to it's 20,310 summit.

This is taken from Stoney Hill about 35 miles from the summit, my favorite location to see the mountain.