Denali National Park and Reserve – North America – US

Location: Denali Park is situated in south central Alaska right along Alaska Rout 3. It is also located 240 miles north of Anchorage, 12 miles south of Healy and 125 miles south of Fairbanks, Alaska.

Latitude: 63° 32′ 26.7972″N Longitude: 151° 43′ 25.0108″

Teeming with wildlife with Mother Nature in all her glory as a backdrop; that is what describes the Denali National Park and Reserve. The park is situated in interior Alaska and also has Mount McKinley which also happens to be the highest mountain in North America. Denali’s namesake is the mountain itself. In fact the word itself means “the high one” in native Athabaskan. The area is a favorite tourist destination for nature lovers and campers since the park houses a variety of wildlife like caribou, grizzly bears, moose and other wild animals.

Why should you visit DenaliDenali National Park was the first of its kind when it was established by Charles Sheldon a conservationist and Harry Karstens, a legendary outdoorsman in 1917. It was their initial experience and interaction with the local wildlife that made them share Denali’s wonders with the world which is also why the place is a hotspot for tourists from all around the world

Best Things to Do in Denali: The park offers a truly Alaskan experience for backpackers. Unlike other parks that are located in Lower 48, the rigid structure of Denali gives you your own piece of wilderness with nothing but a spectacular view of nature for company. The park has over 87 backcountry units while only a regulated number of backpackers are allowed in 43 at a time.

Best Times to Visit Denali :Since Denali is a nature reserve, it is not a four season destination. Even though the park itself is open all year round tourist accommodations like hotels are only open from mid May to mid September. Summer time is the best time to visit the place when the wildlife is most active and the weather is warm. During this time, the parklands also shed their browns for seasonal colors which make the park a virtual magnet for photographers. You can also choose to go in spring if the summer months seem like they will be too crowded for you.

Most travelers view Mount McKinley from inside Denali National Park. There are also several other opportunities that you can use to view the mountain especially when you travel south towards Anchorage.

Denali Neighborhoods & Towns :Healy is the closest town that is located near the park entrance to the north. Most people who work at Denali live there. The town is also a famous stop for roadies and tourists that come to visit the area. The town features tourist attractions like biking, rafting, restaurants and even a golf course.

Other towns located near the park include Nenana which was famous for the Gold Rush. The area had been a popular roadhouse and trading post for travelers in its day. Nenana was also frequented by thousands of gold miners between 1909 and 1915 through the Alaska Railroad.

Things you should know about Denali: The Denali Park Road can only be used by official shuttle buses, unless you enter and win the Denali “Road Lottery,” which grants entry to 400 cars during a four-day window in September. Every year on the second weekend after Labor Day, Denali hosts the lottery, allowing winners to purchase a pass to drive as much of the Park Road as weather allows in one day.

Researchers monitor climate change in Denali, contributing to larger-scale climate monitoring and management efforts. Average January temperature in the area is 2 degrees F and average July temperature is 55 degrees F, while the coldest recorded temperature has been minus 55 degrees F. Despite this, global warming has shown its effects in Denali, with earlier snowmelt and thawing of permanent snowfields. If this warming trend continues, it will change the physical appearance of Denali as the treeline moves higher up the mountains.

 

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Teeming with wildlife with Mother Nature in all her glory as a backdrop; that is what describes the Denali National Park and Reserve. The park is situated in interior Alaska and also has Mount McKinley which also happens to be the highest mountain in North America. Denali’s namesake is the mountain itself. In fact the …

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