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Denali National Park and Preserve

A moose trots across the snow-covered ground of a tundra (or flat, frigid expanse of land), where winter temperatures can dip to minus 40ºF . The only sound the moose can hear in this cold, quiet area is a whipping wind and ice crunching underfoot. The spot is part of Alaska’s six-million-acre Denali National Park and Preserve. Boasting beautiful wildlife and scenery—including a 20,310-foot-high peak called Denali—this park is the height of coolness.

 

ICE KINGDOM

 

Denali National Park and Preserve, which was established in 1917, is made up of spruce forests, glaciers, and mountains. In the south-central portion of the park looms Denali, the tallest peak in North America. Its name means “The Great One” in a local Native American language.

 

The park can be extremely cold and snowy from October to March. And the mountains are frosted with ice year-round. During the summer, low-lying areas may reach around 75ºF. In these spots the snow melts to make way for lush green fields, some brimming with colorful wildflowers.

 

OUT AND ABOUT

 

Tourists visit Denali National Park and Preserve throughout the year. Just a single road runs through the park, so visitors often hike, snowshoe, or ride snowmobiles to get around.

 

In addition to the stellar view, guests might catch sight of the park’s animal inhabitants including moose, grizzly bears, Dall sheep, and wolves. The park is even home to the wood frog, an amphibian that can tolerate freezing temperatures. Clearly Denali National Park and Preserve is a great place to chill!

 

 

Text by Jamie Kiffel-Alcheh

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