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Denali National Park Activities

Denali National Park is named for the stately mountain that towers over the area. The parklands encompass 6 million acres of land with only one road that runs through it. Hundreds of thousands of visitors come to Denali National Park each year to enjoy the national beauty of the area, with its mountains, valleys, wildlife and plant life.

The national park area is located in south central Alaska, mid-way between Anchorage and Fairbanks. The park can be reached from airports in both cities. A railway also travels between the two cities, allowing travelers to view spectacular views along the route to the park.

The Denali national park area was once the hunting grounds for a number of native Alaskan tribes. Human use of the lands has been dated as far back and 11,000 years ago. European explorers, hunters and trappers came to the area in the 1700s and 1800. A brief gold rush brought many people to the area in the late 1800s, but it was soon over and the parklands returned to their isolated condition. The area was designated a national park in 1917. It was first named Mount McKinley National Park, but soon returned to the original Athabascan name for the 20,000-foot towering mountain, Denali, which means "the high one." Denali is the highest peak in North America.

Wildlife-viewing trips by bus area is a popular activity at the park. In the vast area of the park, visitors can often catch a glimpse of moose, caribou, Dall sheep and black and brown bears. Biking, fishing and hunting are available, as well. During the winter months, enjoy skiing, snow shoeing and snowboarding.

The park has 6 campgrounds within its area, 3 that are accessible by car and 3 that can be reached by the park's shuttle bus. Both RV's and tent camping is allowed. However, there are no electrical hook-ups.
Permits are required for backcountry camping.

The area around Denali National Park experience very long, cold winters with heavy snows and mild summers with frequent rainfalls. Most people visit the park from May to September, when the weather is mild.