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

Denali Park Road Condition

Denali National Park and Preserve is taking a close look at the condition of the Park Road, particularly the Pretty Rocks portion of Polychrome Pass, an area known for its increasing geologic activity.

Winter is Coming, but Denali Still Has Much to Offer!

The Denali Park Road will be closed to visitor travel beyond mile marker 30, beginning Wednesday, September 18. Despite a majority of the road being closed to vehicles, Denali National Park is still open during the winter and there is much to do.

Denali to Burn Debris Piles in Kantishna Area

Fire Management staff from Denali National Park and Preserve plan to burn debris piles near the Kantishna Airstrip between Monday, September 23, and Friday, October 4, weather permitting. The Kantishna Airstrip is located along the Park Road, near mile marker 92.

Denali National Park Photos

Aurora Borealis

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Aurora Borealis

Over Denali National Park

Yu Takada posted a photo:

Over Denali National Park

Denali National Park and Preserve

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Denali National Park and Preserve

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Backcountry at Denali National Park

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Backcountry at Denali National Park

Bull Moose Calling

Dan King Alaskan Photography posted a photo:

Bull Moose Calling

Late in the rut, an older bull moose calls out to any cow who would be receptive in Denali National Park. This bull is over 10 years old, when a bull matures past it's prime, some of the tines will begin to deform and the antlers will begin to become smaller each year.
www.all-about-moose.com/moose-antlers.html

Aurora Borealis over Denali National Park

Yu Takada posted a photo:

Aurora Borealis over Denali National Park

Green Sky

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Green Sky

Blue sky

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Blue sky

Grizzly Bear

Dan King Alaskan Photography posted a photo:

Grizzly Bear

Looking almost docile, tame and approachable, a grizzly bear sits and watches the photographer. Taken in Denali National Park, this grizzly bear is probably accustomed to photographer's taking photos. The bear looked at the photographer and then moseyed over to a spruce tree to scratch it's back and rear end. According to Park Rangers, there are just over 300 grizzly bears that roam in Denali National Park. Seeing a grizzly bear is not a 100% guarantee, especially up close. In the 20 plus years of going to the park, very few times result in a bear this close.

Denali National Park Fall colors #2

Lee J2 posted a photo:

Denali National Park Fall colors #2

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Grizzly Scratching Back

Dan King Alaskan Photography posted a photo:

Grizzly Scratching Back

Used vertical composition on this photo of grizzly bear scratching on a spruce tree. With the weight of the bear, the tree leans back. This bear scratched for a few minutes standing up, then got on all fours and backed up to the spruce to scratch the ole rump.

Fall Colors - Denali National Park & Preserve (in explore)

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Fall Colors - Denali National Park & Preserve (in explore)

Pure Enjoyment

Dan King Alaskan Photography posted a photo:

Pure Enjoyment

Got to witness a grizzly bear using a small spruce tree to scratch an itch. Pure pleasure can be seen on the bears face as it rubs back and forth on the branches.

Off-road

Lee Petersen posted a photo:

Off-road

A work vehicle slid off the road at Polychrome Pass in Denali National Park. The photo doesn't do justice for how steep this slope is. I am shocked that it managed to stop where it did.
More of our spring adventures on my site: photos.lwpetersen.com/Date/By-Season/2019-Spring/

Denali Star; Denali National Park, AK

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Denali Star; Denali National Park, AK

The northbound Denali Star crossing the trestle at Denali, from the side of the Park Road. What a view!

Somewhere Over Denali 2

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Somewhere Over Denali 2

Grazing on Willows

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Grazing on Willows

Cow moose grazing along the road in Denali National Park on a cool, wet morning

Stare Down

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Stare Down

Cow moose grazing along the road in Denali National Park on a cool, wet morning

Advent

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Advent

Denali National Park Panorama

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Denali National Park Panorama

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