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 to Burn Debris Pile in Park Entrance Area

Fire Management staff at Denali National Park and Preserve will attempt to burn debris consisting of trees and brush between February 19 – March 24, if weather conditions allow.

2019 Opening of Northern Portions of 1980 Park Additions to Snowmobiling for Traditional Activities

The superintendent of Denali National Park and Preserve has determined there is adequate snow cover for the use of snowmobiles for traditional activities in areas of the 1980 park additions that are north of the crest of the Alaska Range.

2019 Opening of Southern Portions of 1980 Park Addition to Snowmobile Use for Traditional Activities

The management of Denali National Park and Preserve has determined that there is adequate snow cover for the use of snowmobiles for traditional activities in areas of the 1980 park addition that are south of the crest of the Alaska Range.

Denali National Park Photos

Get it while you can

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Get it while you can

A bee enjoying the short alpine summer in the Tattler Creek drainage, Denali National Park.

Hidden treasure - HMM!

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Hidden treasure - HMM!

Just a small part of this alpine flower for this macro Monday.

Seen on the Tattler Creek route, Sable Mountain, Denali National Park.

Unnamed ridge - HSS!

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Unnamed ridge - HSS!

At the top of the Tattler Creek drainage, you get to look at this unnamed ridge with a big drainage between the two of you.

The next mountain over is Polychrome Mountain, which has these same layers and colors (plus a name!).

Cantwell Glacier

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Cantwell Glacier

Tentatively identified as the Cantwell Glacier. Seen from the Tattler Creek route up Sable Mountain.

Sable indeed

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Sable indeed

The distinctive color of its rock gives Sable Mountain its name.

This is the final approach to its summit. The route starts in the valley below -- but more to the left, behind us in this view, conveying a sense of the climb.

Denali bus

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Denali bus

When we got off the bus at Tattler Creek, the other passengers looked at us as if we were insane.

The bus climbed a hill and then we waved it goodbye.

Stuck in the middle with you

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Stuck in the middle with you

A ptarmigan caught between winter and summer plumage.

Happy Feathers Friday!

View from the summit ridge

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View from the summit ridge

From the topo map, it's not clear which of Sable Mountain's two peaks is the higher. Inevitably, it turned out to the one farther away.

That meant that we ended the climb with a delightful walk along this ridge. The clouds had covered Denali, but most of Alaska Range was visible.

The Wonder Lake Road goes through the valley below, giving most visitors a very different view of this big country.

The Tattler Creek Route

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The Tattler Creek Route

We took the Tattler Creek route up Sable Mountain. While this looks pretty impenetrable from above, there were plenty of serviceable game trails that clearly get some human use.

Igloo from Sable

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Igloo from Sable

We had thought about climbing Igloo Mountain this day, but decided on Sable Mountain instead. It was fun looking down on our rejected alternative.

That's the Toklat valley behind. The Denali road (and bus system) uses a part of that valley on the far right hand side of this view for access to the interior of the park. Wyoming Hills in the background.

This view shows the busy, developed side of Denali National Park and Preserve.

Just another peak in the Alaska Range - Explored

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Just another peak in the Alaska Range - Explored

Though Denali towers above them all, the Alaska Range has many other impressive peaks. I've tentatively identified this as Mount Mather, as seen from Sable Mountain.

Explore # 109 on February 15, 2019. Thank you, everyone!

Above the taiga

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Above the taiga

View of Denali on our way to climbing Sable Mountain. The Great One towers above the Alaska Range.

Denali National Park: View of Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley) from the Park Road.

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Denali National Park:  View of Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley) from the Park Road.

Tallest mountain in North America, at 20,310 feet.

Denali National Park: Shuttle bus stop on Denali Park Road

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Denali National Park:  Shuttle bus stop on Denali Park Road

Denali National Park, Alaska, home to 39 mammal species, 169 species of bird, thousands of plants and the tallest mountain in North America. Denali, formerly Mt. McKinley, stands at 20,310 ft. in the Alaska Range. Many animals in the park have never seen a human, which is only possible in a place as large and wild as Denali.

Jim Feldkamp https://sites.google.com/view/jimfeldkamp2/

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The evening sun lights up Mt. McKinley (Denali), the higest peak in North America, as seen from Wonder Lake in Denali National Park AK. Fireweed flowers in the foreground.

Polychrome Mountains

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Polychrome Mountains

These colorful mountains lie within Denali NP in Alaska. Though Denali did not grace us with her presence the day we visited, these lovely views with the storm clouds looming kind of made up for it... Kind of.

McKinley Chalet Resort in Denali National Park, Alaska

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McKinley Chalet Resort in Denali National Park, Alaska

Stayed here May 30-June 1, 2017. The Swiss-chalet-style buildings are set along the banks of the Nenana River in a spruce forest.

Detail of mountain near the Denali National Park Entrance

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Detail of mountain near the Denali National Park Entrance

A significant crop of the original OOC image.

Alaska Railroad

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Alaska Railroad

Denali National Park, May 2018

The Toklat River at mile 53 on the Denali Park Road, Alaska

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The Toklat River at mile 53 on the Denali Park Road, Alaska

The round trip to the Toklat River inside Denali National Park took 6 hours by shuttle bus. No private vehicles are allowed on Denali Park Road beyond Mile 14. Visible at the upper left of the photo is the Toklat River Bridge on the Park Road.