Denali is the highest mountain peak in North America. In 1896, a gold prospector named it „Mount McKinley“ in support of then-presidential candidate William McKinley. In August 2015 the U.S. Department of the Interior announced the change of the official name of the mountain to Denali.
Denali National Park is located in south-central Alaska. It is Alaska’s most popular land attraction—and with good reason. You can see some of Alaska’s most famous sights: Mt. McKinley and the continent’s highest peaks, A vast, unspoiled wilderness of braided glacial rivers, massive peaks, and tundra.
Lots of wildlife: Moose, caribou, grizzly bears, Dall sheep, and wolves.
Denali has been a mecca for mountaineering and adventuring for more than a century. Today, the park continues to enchant climbers, pack-rafters, skiers, dog mushers and athletes seeking to test themselves against the raw, unchecked power of a truly wild landscape.
Denali National Park and Preserve includes the central, highest portion of the Alaska Range, together with many of the glaciers and glacial valleys running southwards out of the range. The terrain spans boreal forest and arctic tundra. More than 650 species of flowering plants, shrubs, lichen and moss comprise the vegetation of the park, while coniferous trees, birch and aspen grow in the lowlands. Only plants adapted to long, cold winters and short growing seasons can survive in this subarctic wilderness.
Landslides, glacially-fed braided rivers and moving glaciers define the ever-changing landscape of the park. The activities in this park are nearly endless. Denali draws hopeful mountaineers from around the world. Visitors take bus tours, bicycle rides or long walks down the 90-mile Denali Park Road, which is closed to private vehicles after Mile 15. Hiking, camping, rafting, backcountry travel, fishing, wildlife viewing and flightseeing are also popular activities.
Winter activities include dog mushing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and Northern Lights viewing.
Summers are generally cool and damp with average high temperatures in the mid 60s. Layers of clothing, including good rain gear and hiking boots are recommended for summer.