Denali National Preserve, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior

Data Center Description
Denali National Park and Preserve features North America's highest mountain,
20,320-foot tall Mount McKinley. The Alaska Range also includes countless other
spectacular mountains and many large glaciers. Denali's more than 6 million
acres also encompass a complete sub-arctic eco-system with large mammals such
as grizzly bears, wolves, Dall sheep, and moose.

The park was established as Mt. McKinley National Park on Feb. 26, 1917. The
original park was designated a wilderness area and incorporated into Denali
National Park and Preserve in 1980. The Park was designated an international
biosphere reserve in 1976.

Today the park accommodates a wide variety of visitor use including wildlife
viewing, mountaineering, and backpacking. It continues to provide a laboratory
for research in the natural sciences.


[Summary provided by the U.S. Department of the Interior.]

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