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Denali is a borough of approximately 1,800 residents, located in the central interior of Alaska. It's also the name of a National Park & Preserve, located in the same area. The national park and preserve together encompass over six million acres of wild, federally owned land that is bisected by one highway. As you travel into Denali National Park, you first drive through taiga forest which gives way to alpine tundra, snow-covered mountains and glaciers. Mount McKinley, North America's tallest mountain, is located inside the national park. There is probably no more rugged, pristine, or spectacularly beautiful place in North America than Denali National Park. At 20,320 feet elevation, Mt. McKinley looms over the landscape. The mountain's vertical relief of 18,000 feet is greater than that of Mount Everest. Activities in the park include photography, hiking and backpacking, whitewater rafting, dog-sledding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling (or snowmachining as it's called in Alaska,) and wildlife viewing. Some of the wildlife you may encounter roaming the unfenced lands include caribou, grizzly bears, fox, wolves, moose, Dall's sheep - in total, 39 species of mammals, 169 species of birds and 14 species of fish. Tundra wilderness tours and natural history tours are available, as are tours to the old gold town of Kantishna. The single 92-mile road is the only access through the six-million acre national park. Visitors may drive it only as far as the Savage River at Mile 15. From there, travel is limited to tour buses, bicycles and on foot.


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Denali Weather & Climate

Central Alaska has a climate of long, cold winters and short, cool summers. Weather in this region is very unpredictable. Temperatures of 70 degrees in summer are common, yet it's also been known to snow in August. The north and south side of the Alaskan Range Mountains have a completely different climate. The Gulf of Alaska carries moisture to the south side, but the mountains block water to the north side. This means a drier climate and huge temperature fluctuations to the north. The south has a transitional maritime continental climate, with cooler, summers and warmer winters.

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Denali Map & Transportation

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