Denali National Park
Established in 1917 with the mission of conserving wildlife, Denali National Park encompasses 6 million acres of Alaska’s wilderness, and is often seen as the crown jewel of the National Park System. Flaunting complete unaltered ecosystems, countless rivers, glaciers and expanses of tundra, and the tallest peak in North America, Denali is not to be missed. Since it’s creation, Denali National Park has been the laboratory of a phenomenal group of scientists who have been able to study the magic of an intact subarctic ecosystem. From Denali’s famed wolves to the abundant caribou and moose populations, the Park holds within its boundaries one of the most incredibly diverse, stable, and most studied wildlife populations in Alaska. Denali has also provided the venue for some of the most amazing feats of exploration in North American history. From the first ascent of The Great One (Denali) to rugged circumnavigations of the park, Denali’s size and magnitude attracts explorers from around the globe. The name Denali is an Athabascan word meaning “the high one”. The peak was originally named Mt. McKinley after President William McKinley of Ohio, who actually had no ties to the area. However on a visit to Alaska in September of 2015, President Obama announced that the name would officially be change to Denali!
Denali, the mountain, and the area surrounding Moraine Lake, where we operate our wilderness trips, are all within Denali National Park and Preserve. Mt. McKinley Park was created in 1917, however most of today’s park, including the summit of Denali, was not within this original area. The Park’s original purpose was to serve as a preserve for Dall’s Sheep. Denali National Monument was designated by Jimmy Carter in 1978. And in 1980, Denali National Park and Preserve, as it exists today, was created by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (known as ANILCA). The park and preserve today are comprised of over 6 million acres.
Alpine Adventures has been guiding trips to Denali since 2003. From hiking to backpacking trips and multisport tours in Denali, our crew of Alaska guides knows the park well.
- Brown Bears
- Golden Eagles
- Black Bears
- Glacial Valley
- Ice Field