Denali is an amazing place. I worked there as a hiking guide during the summer of ’10.
●located in Interior Alaska and contains Denali (Mt. McKinley), the highest mountain in North America
●The word “Denali” means “the high one” in the native Athabascan language and refers to the mountain itself.
●The mountain was named after president William McKinley by a local prospector, although McKinley had no connection with the region. The name is only used by those outside of Alaska.
●Charles Sheldon took an interest in the Dall sheep native to the region, and became concerned that human encroachment might threaten the species. After a visit, he petitioned the people of Alaska and Congress to create a preserve for the sheep.
1. Dall Sheep
3. Grizzly Bears
4. Gray Wolf
6. Red Fox
7. Denali (Mt. McKinley)
A clear view of the mountain is only possible about 20% of the time during the summer. The mountain is 20,320 feet tall.
8. Polychrome Overlook
9. Sled dog kennel: These are the only sled dogs in the United States that help protect a national park and the wildlife, scenery, and wilderness therein, and it has been this way since the park’s beginning. They do a free dog sled demonstration. Get on a free bus from the visitor center.
10. Flight seeing tour/glacier landing
11. Horseshoe Lake
12. Savage River
13. Alaskan Railroad
Vehicle access: The park is serviced by a 91-mile road from the George Parks Highway to the mining camp of Kantishna. Only the first 15 miles of the road are available to private vehicles. I recommend taking a bus tour to Wonder Lake which is a 6 hour bus ride from the Wilderness Access Center. The tours travel from boreal forests through tundra. Rivers and glaciers are visible on the bus tour.
Hiking: Trails in Denali are largely centered around the Denali Visitor Center. Here is a list of trails near the visitor center.