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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NPS—Alaska Requests Comments on Proposed Changes to Park Compendiums

The National Park Service invites the public to comment on proposed changes for park compendiums in Alaska through February 15, 2020. A compendium – one for each NPS area in Alaska – is a compilation of designations, closures and restrictions adopted under the discretionary authority within the regulations covering national parks. This regulatory tool helps manage Alaska's national park areas for the public’s enjoyment, use and protection.

Denali Anticipates Limited Opening of Park Road

The National Park Service is actively working on options to improve the resiliency of Denali Park Road or possibly reroute a portion of the road at Pretty Rocks Landslide, located at mile marker 45.4, for the 2020 season. The park is coordinating closely with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to further evaluate the situation and develop alternatives to balance visitor safety, enjoyment and resource protection. 

Denali Opens Northern Portions of 1980 Park Additions to Snowmobiling 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 additions that are north of the crest of the Alaska Range.

November, 2019: Denali Opens the Remaining Southern Portions of 1980 Park Additions to Snowmobiling 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 additions that are south of the crest of the Alaska Range.

Denali National Park Photos

This Place is More Than Denali National Park...It's an Adventure! (Denali National Park & Preserve)

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This Place is More Than Denali National Park...It's an Adventure! (Denali National Park & Preserve)

Looking to the southeast while walking the Wonder Lake Trail from the North Face Lodge area in Denali National Park & Preserve. From this rise, I was able to capture this view overlooking the nearby forest and ridgelines to the snowcapped peaks of Denali and the Alaska Range. I did some initial post-processing work making adjustments to contrast, brightness and saturation while playing around as I learned how to work with DxO PhotoLab 3 that I’d recently purchased after moving away from Capture NX2.

Collared Pika

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Collared Pika

The last couple of days I've posted shots of some of Alaska's larger and well known wildlife residents. This cute little critter is perhaps not as famous, dangerous nor iconic as the brown bear and muskox, but I can tell you that its right up there on my list of Alaska favorites.
Found in Denali National Park.

This is Denali-Land! (Denali National Park & Preserve)

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This is Denali-Land! (Denali National Park & Preserve)

While walking the Wonder Lake Trail with a view looking to the south across some nearby tundra with a ridgeline off in the distance. Denali was the snowcapped peak that was seemingly “popping its head up and rose above that. The rest of the image is about a color contrast, between the more earth tones of reds, oranges, yellows and greens with that of the blue skies and white wisps of clouds in the upper part of the image. I did some initial post-processing work making adjustments to contrast, brightness and saturation while playing around as I learned how to work with DxO PhotoLab 3 that I’d recently purchased after moving away from Capture NX2.

Standing Under a Light Show Over the Skies of Denali National Park & Preserve

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Standing Under a Light Show Over the Skies of Denali National Park & Preserve

One of the things a friend and I had while see while staying at the North Face Lodge (along with many others too!) was to have a chance to experience an aurora under the dark skies in this portion of the national park. Not so lucky on the first night, given the overcast skies that we would have the following day. Later that afternoon, the skies cleared and there was a report of significant solar activity that might lead to a northern lights show. A friend and I went to bed and were awoken shortly afterwards and told rush outside for an amazing experience! There's still much that I have to learn with how long of a shutter speed and getting a “right” focus. This was during one of the peaks of the aurora show that evening with a view looking to the east.

I Planned My Getaway to Some Far Off Places (Denali National Park & Preserve)

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I Planned My Getaway to Some Far Off Places (Denali National Park & Preserve)

I Planned My Getaway to Some Far Off Places
And found myself here
I guess I really didn't need to go to far
Nature has been waiting with open arms
for my entrance...and yours :-)

Another work of short poetry or prose to complement the image captured one late mooning while standing at the dock area of Wonder Lake in Denali National Park & Preserve. My thinking with this image was to use some nearby canoes, focusing on that but having a closed down aperture for the complete setting. Yes, the eyes would be drawn initially to the canoes on the dock. The grassy meadow swaying in the breeze near the waters of Wonder Lake would be next. Denali would then rise above all as the “Great One” to complete the setting in this part of the national park. I did some initial post-processing work making adjustments to contrast, brightness and saturation while playing around as I learned how to work with DxO PhotoLab 3 that I’d recently purchased after moving away from Capture NX2.

Denali

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Denali

Wonder Lake

Dall Sheep

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Dall Sheep

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Porcupine

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Porcupine

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Moose

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Moose

Moose

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Moose

Denali

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Denali

From Stony Dome

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Deanli

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Deanli

Lynx

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Lynx

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Grizzly Bear

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Grizzly Bear

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Grizzly Bear

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Grizzly Bear

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Caribou

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Caribou

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Arctic Ground Squirrel

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Arctic Ground Squirrel

Denali

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Denali

From Gravel Mountain