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Denali's Natural Elements  

Denali National Park is located approximately 300 miles south of the Arctic Circle; during summer solstice, the Park has nearly 21 hours of sunlight.

Summer temperatures in Denali are typically cool with average highs in the mid-60s. Winters are extremely cold with temperatures falling to -40F and below.

 

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Denali's Wildlife

Mount McKinley

 

Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska is the very heart of the rugged Alaskan Interior. Denali National Park and Preserve is home to six million acres of wilderness. North America's highest mountain, Mt. McKinley. Glaciers and a sub-arctic ecosystem are found in Denali National Park and Preserve. An internationally designated bio-sphere preserve, Denali National Park and Preserve is home to abundant moose, caribou, Dall sheep, grizzly bears and wolves

 

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Denali National Park and Preserve is a place with fascinating Native American culture and history. It is a place where hearty adventurers panned for gold and dog sleds, backpacks and mountaineering gear are common. Alaska is the place of the Midnight Sun. Denali National Park and Preserve is a place where you can live out your Alaska travel dreams, whether they be wild adventures or serene contemplations. Denali National Park and Preserve is a must-see part of your Alaskan vacation.

 

Denali's Landscape  

Denali National Park and Preserve has over six million acres of extremely diverse terrain including the highest mountain in North America --- Mount McKinley --- which rises 20,320 feet and overshadows the surrounding mountain peaks of the magnificent Alaskan Range. Despite harsh winters of eight to nine months, Denali is considered a sub-arctic desert. Rare plant life --- taiga and tundra --- and flowering plants are abundant.

 

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Denali's Natural History  

Bands of Athabaskan, Ahtna, Tanana and Koyukon were among the many Native Americans who lived and thrived in Denali's unique environment. Goldseekers rushed to Denali in the late 1800s and early 1900s. And Charles Sheldon, a railroad executive and avid outdoorsmen, made it his mission to see that the incredible landscape and awesome wildlife were protected.

In 1917, President Woodrow Wilson established Mount McKinley National Park with 1.9 million acres. Harry Karstens, an adventurous sort who was a member of the first expedition to climb Mount McKinley, became the Park's first ranger and superintendent.

More than 25 years ago the United Nations recognized the Park as an International Biosphere Reserve, a unique environment to be studied and observed without human intervention. Six years later the size of the park was tripled and renamed Denali National Park and Preserve.

 

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