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think this is Mount McKinley but not positive.
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Denali National Park & Preserve

55998 Denali Park Road Denali National Park, Alaska 99755
Park hours vary by season. In summer the visitor center is open 8-6.
907-683-9532 3 days
August 2009 Summer
$10-29 Denali National Park Alaska
Website Nature National Parks
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Denali National Park and Preserve is a 6 million acre premier natural area in central Alaska. An international biosphere reserve, the park includes all of 20,320 foot Mt. McKinley which is the tallest mountain in North America. There are significant populations of bears, wolves, Dall sheep and caribou. Denali is especially popular in summer when organized tours descend on the park. Planning in advance of a visit is a wise choice.

An interest in protecting Dall sheep led to the creation of McKinley National Park in 1917. In 1978, President Carter protected significantly more land in the area. The park’s new boundaries were finalized in 1980, and the park took its present name. Denali is accessible by car, rail or plane. A drive from Anchorage to Denali takes 4 hours.

The visitor center/museum near the main park entrance is a good place to start a visit. The museum includes an informative 20 minute film. There also are displays on natural and cultural history. Several easy and shorter trails in this area are handy if you want to stretch your legs. A dogsled demonstration in the summer is a great family activity, especially if you like dogs. Private vehicles can drive up to 15 miles on the main park road which is paved to that point; after which the road is gravel and limited to authorized vehicles. Bus tours with a naturalist are one option for the gravel road or you can take a cheaper shuttle bus which is strictly transportation. Due to lack of time, the only viable option to see the park interior was a tour flight out of Healy, Alaska. The flight was great and is worth doing, but had there been more time, a 12 hour round trip bus tour 90 miles out to Kantishna would have been a good follow up. Denali is a gem to experience; it’s expansive, scenic and wild. Most people will enjoy a visit here to see beautiful unspoiled landscape and uncommon animals. Given the park's size and isolation, a Denali trip could fill a few days or weeks of a vacation.
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