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    Denali National Park and Preserve, alaska

    Post  Admin on Sat Jun 23, 2012 12:40 pm

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    denali National Park and Preserve is most famous for being the home of Mount McKinley, also called Denali, a native word meaning "The Great One." At 20,320 feet, Mount McKinley is the highest peak in North America. The Park, which is larger than the state of Massachusetts, only has one road, making it the perfect backcountry adventure. Try and spot "The Big Five": moose, caribou, Dall sheep, wolves and grizzly bears, or stick with more domesticated animals and visit the famous sled dog kennels.


    Denali National Park and Preserve is located in Interior Alaska and contains Denali (Mount McKinley), the highest mountain in North America.

    The national park and preserve is over 6 million acres (24,500 km²), of which 4,724,735.16 acres (19,120 km²) are federally owned. The national preserve is 1,334,200 acres (543 km²), of which 1,304,132 acres (5,278 km²) are federally owned. On December 2, 1980, a 2,146,580 acre (8,687 km²) Denali Wilderness was established within the park.

    Denali habitat is a mix of forest at the lowest elevations, including deciduous taiga. The preserve is also home to tundra at middle elevations, and glaciers, rock, and snow at the highest elevations. The longest glacier is the Kahiltna Glacier.

    Today, the park hosts more than 400,000 visitors who enjoy wildlife viewing, mountaineering, and backpacking. Wintertime recreation includes dog-sledding, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling where allowed.

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