National Park Project

Ronith Mugi

Denali National Park and Preserve

Park Map

Climate and Ecosystems

Climate: Denali's long winters are followed by short growing seasons. Summers are usually cool and damp, but temperatures in the 70's are not so rare. The North and South side of the Alaskan Range have different climates. The North has a drier climate and huge temperature fluctuations while the South has moister, cooler summers and warmer winters.

Ecosystems: The ecosystems found throughout the park are very numerous such as auroras, foothills/Alaskan Range, wonder lake, landscapes, fall colors, braided rivers, dinosaur dance floors, glaciers, "big five" wildlife and more, and Mount McKinley: Denali's highest mountain.

Plants and Animals

Endangered Species

There are currently no threatened or endangered species in Denali National Park and Preserve, according to an environmental assessment by the United States Department of the Interior conducted in March 2005 and environmentalists and researchers are ensuring all observation of species in Denali to ensure no species reaches to the endangered or threatened point or to become aware of a situation under that circumstance.

Environmental Factors

The high latitude and varying altitude within the park strongly strongly influences plant growth, the presence and composition of forests, and the presence and extent of permafrost.

Natural wildfires, mostly caused by lightning, are a critical component of the boreal forest system. Fires of considerable size and intensity are common north of the Alaskan Range. A complex fire history has created a patchwork landscape of vegetation communities of different species and ages. The habitat and life cycles of many plants and animals rely on the rejuvenating process of fire. These communities have adapted to fires that have been occurring on this landscape for the past ten thousand years.

Park History

The park was originally established as Mount McKinley National Park in 1917. In 1976 President Jimmy Carter designated the park as an international biosphere reserve, focusing on ecosystem conservation and prudent use of national resources. Finally in 1980, Mt. McKinley National Park and Denali National Monument were incorporated to establish Denali National Park & Preserve.

Today the park attracts over 400,000 visitors annually, who travel for the astounding Denali wildlife, breathtaking scenery, and an opportunity to immerse themselves in the pure, untamed wilderness of Alaska.

If I had 48 hours and a week to spend at Denali...

If i had 48 hours to spend at Denali..I would take a drive and see all the colorful vegetation and wildlife there is to witness and I would camp in Denali's Alaskan Range.

If I had a week to spend at Denali i would take a bus tour along the mountains and Alpine forests and see even more wildlife and species up close. I would trek up Mount McKinley: Denali's highest mountain and get to the very top and participate in skiing across all the Alaskan Range. I would take a flight seeing service and take a guided flight around Denali taking in the view and seeing all the sights there is to see. Than I would fish and camp in the cold winter snow on the Alaskan Range and the Ruth Gorge and take pictures of the view.

Thats all Folks