Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska's first national park, spans across six million acres of wilderness, with only one road that bisects the park. The park was established in 1917 by the United States Congress in order to protect the wildlife living within the Alaska Range. The park's size tripled in 1980 when Congress expanded the park to include the entire massif of "the Mountain" within Denali National Park's boundaries.
Visitors traveling down the Park Road watch as low-elevation taiga forests turn to high elevation alpine tundra and snowy mountains, leading up to Mount Denali, the tallest peak in North America at 20,310 feet. The park wildlife live as they always have, roaming freely throughout the land. Denali National Park, AK, has been a destination for adventuring and mountaineering for over a century. The park still continues to attract climbers, skiers, pack-rafters, athletes, hikers, and dog mushers who desire to test themselves against the truly wild landscape.
2.Guided Walks and Hikes
Things to Do in Alaska: Denali National Park
- Discovery Hikes, Photo: Courtesy of TODD - Fotolia.com
- Guided Walks and Hikes, Photo: Courtesy of Doreen - Fotolia.com
- Hiking, Photo: Courtesy of Hortiguela - Fotolia.com
- Wildlife Viewing, Photo: Courtesy of Uwe Bergwitz - Fotolia.com
- Park Kennels, Photo: Courtesy of porbital - Fotolia.com
- Cover Photo: Courtesy of ballllad - Fotolia.com