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Denali National Park and Preserve

Mount McKinley

Mount McKinley, at 20,320 feet, is North America's highest mountain. The Athabascan natives called it Denali, "the High One." Mount McKinley is a massive mountain and the towering centerpiece of the glacier-strewn Alaska Range. Under its shadow in Denali National Park and Preserve are barren-ground caribou, grizzly bears, wolves, moose, Dall sheep, and other wildlife. Meandering, glacier-born rivers laden with silt (or rock flour) create natural dams and periodically change course across their wide, flat valleys. Much of the park's scant tree growth lies in the river valleys. At higher elevations are large expanses of tundra, a fascinating world of dwarfed shrubs and miniature wildflowers.


The area is accessible by highway, railroad and scheduled air service. To protect wildlife and to preserve opportunities to see it, the use of private vehicles is restricted on the park road. A shuttle bus service operates within Denali along the 85-mile wilderness road from the park entrance to Wonder Lake. The shuttle bus will drop you off or pick you up at points along the park road.

Approximate Size

6 million acres.

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