Do people live in or near Denali?
Yes, there are people that live in Denali called the Nenana.

When was Denali National Park and Preserve made?
It was first made in 1917, called Mount McKinlely National Park by Charles Sheldon. It was originally established to protect the large animals in the area like the population of Dall sheep and other wildlife. Sheldon wanted to name the park Denali and it changed in 1980. It was enlarged to 6 mullion acres amd officially Denali National Park.

What is the major sight that people come to see?
Mt. McKinley is North America’s highest peak, and stands over Denali National Park at 20,320 feet tall. It is part of the mountain chain called the Alaska Range and there are many glaciers, as tall as 30 ft.

Are you allowed to climb Mt. McKinley?
Yes, you may climb Mt. McKinley. Most people climb the mountain from the first week in May to the first week in July. Most mountain climbing in the Alaska Range takes place from the first week in May to the first week in July, during the best weather of the year.

How long does it take to climb Mt. McKinley?
It usually takes two weeks to climb Mt. McKinely but it may take up to 5 weeks if the weather is bad. Since the weather on the mountain can be very severe, precaution is required. There can be snowstorms, winds over 100mph, and wind chills low as minus 100° F, but good weather would be calm and sunny skies.

Where does Denali National Park and Preserve get its name?
Denali is an Athabaskan name for Mt. McKinley, meaning “The High One”.

When should I visit Denali?
Anytime will be fine but if you want to visit during the best weather of the year, if would be from May to July, the summer season.

What is there to do in Denali?
There are many things that are available to visitors in Denali. Hiking, backpacking, cycling, camping, fishing, photography, feild seminars, ranger programs and kennel visits are only a few options for visitors during the summer. The winter season has cross -country skiing, dog mushing, snowshoeing, photography, snowmobiling, winter camping as some options.

What kind of wildlife lives in Denali?
Dall Sheep, Grizzly Bear, Moose, Caribou, Snowshoe Hare and Common Loon are only a few of the wildlife.

Does Denali have any bodies of water?
Yes, it has about 12,130 lakes and ponds and 18,679 miles of streams. The largest land is Chilchukabena Lake followed by Wonder Lake.