Denali National Park Locator Map

Fast Facts

Total Area
6,075,106 acres
Annual Visitation
388,433 in 2012 (view all years)
Creation Date
February 26, 1917
Entrance Fee
$10 per person per week
Time Zone
Alaska
Lowest Elevation
240 feet at Yentna River
Highest Elevation
20,320 feet on Mount McKinley
Lowest Average Temp
-9F in January
Record Low Temp
-52F in 1989
Highest Average Temp
70F in July
Record High Temp
93F in 1991
Our Last Visit
June 2008

Park Contact Information

Denali National Park
PO Box 9, Denali Park, AK 99755
Info at (907) 683-2294
Fax to (907) 683-9617

Park Creation Timeline

1917
On February 26, 1917, Mount McKinley National Park is created, a relatively small area set aside primarily for Dall sheep protection.
1976
International Biosphere Reserve status is given to the park by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).
1978
On November 16, 1978, Denali National Monument is created along with 15 others.
1980
On December 2, 1980, Denali National Park is created, absorbing Denali National Monument and Mount McKinley National Park. by the Alaska Native Interests Land Conservation Act.

Animals and Plants

Large mammals include Dall sheep, mountain goats, caribou, wolves, and black and grizzly bears. Smaller mammals include lynx, wolverines, beavers, martens, porcupines, foxes, coyotes, marmots, river otters, ground squirrels, pikas, and voles.
There are very few reptiles and amphibians anywhere in Alaska due to the cold temperatures.
There have been 167 species of birds officially recorded in the park. There are some permanent residents, but most of the species are migratory, coming from six continents at some point during the year.
There are more than 1,500 species of vascular plants, mosses and lichens. Most of the park is arctic tundra, however, the taiga forest covers much of the lowest lands.


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