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!