Into the wild
LA / Austin Fitzgerald
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- Roughly 400,000 intrepid travelers journey to Denali National Park and Preserve each year, primarily between late May and early September.
- Most come in search of wildlife or glimpses of 20,320' tall Mt. McKinley, the roof of North America. All are encouraged to take one of the many bus rides along the Denali Park Road, the sole vehicle access into the heart of the park.
- Whether you seek wildlife, scenery, or solitude and communion with this wild land, these webpages and our park newspaper should be your guides to planning your trip.
- Denali National Park and Preserve is 6 million acres large. It is larger than the State of Massachusetts. It exemplifies interior Alaska's character as one of the world's last great frontiers for wilderness adventure.
- Denali National Park and Preserve is managed as three distinct units, Denali Wilderness, Denali National Park additions, and Denali National Preserve.
- Denali National Preserve allows subsistence uses and also allows sport hunting, trapping, and fishing under Alaska Fish and Game regulations. There are 2 such preserve areas.
- After the continental glaciers retreated 10,000 to 14,000 years ago, hundreds of years were required to begin building new soils and to begin the slow process of re-vegetation. Denali's lowlands and slopes consist of two major plant associations, taiga and tundra.
- Tundra is a fascinating world of dwarfed shrubs and miniaturized wildflowers adapted to a short growing season. There are also two types, moist tundra and dry tundra, with myriad gradations in between.