Description - Denali National Park & Preserve features North America's highest mountain, 20,320 foot Mount McKinley. The Alaska Range also includes countless other spectacular mountains and many large glaciers. Denali's more than six million acres also encompass a complete sub-arctic eco-system with large mammals such as grizzly bears, wolves, Dall sheep and moose.
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Denali National Park and Preserve
The park was established as Mt. McKinley National Park on February 26, 1917. The original park was designated a wilderness area and incorporated into Denali National Park and Preserve in 1980. The Park was designated an international biosphere reserve in 1976.
Today the park accommodates a wide variety of visitor use including wildlife viewing, mountaineering and backpacking. It continues to provide a laboratory for research in the natural sciences.
Recreation - Recreation opportunities include biking, climbing, camping, fishing, hiking, viewing exhibits, winter sports, scenic driving and wildlife viewing.
Climate - Summers are generally cool and damp with average high temperatures in the mid-60s. Winters are extremely cold with temperatures falling to -40F and below. Layers of clothing, including good rain gear and hiking boots are recommended for summer. Specialized cold-weather gear is necessary for mountaineering and winter visits.
Denali National Park and Preserve is located in central Alaska 238 miles north of Anchorage and 126 miles south of Fairbanks. It is accessible by car or the Alaska Railroad from both cities mentioned above. In the summer months a variety of private bus and van services and the railroad operate daily from Anchorage and Fairbanks.
Within the park the Denali Park Road is accessible by private vehicle for 14.8 miles to the Savage River bridge. To travel to destinations farther into the park, including Eielson Visitor Center, shuttle and tour bus services are available. Bicycles are permitted along the Park Road.