Denali National Park Vacation in Alaska

Denali National Park Alaska Vacation

Denali National Park Vacation in Alaska

Beautiful Alaskan range near Denali National Park Denali National Park is a 6 million acres habitat. The Park contains Mt McKinley (Denali), the highest peak in North America. The park has an array of wildlife like Dall sheep, caribou, moose, grizzly bears, golden eagles, and wolves. The Denali National Park landscape is mainly alpine tundra and taiga forest.

Denali National Park's Creation:

The conservationist, naturalist, and hunter Charles Sheldon, visited Denali in 1906 thru 1907 with a guide named Harry Karstens. Karstens later made the first ascent of Mt. McKinley's south peak and would serve as the park's first superintendent. Sheldon devoted much of his travels to studying boundaries for the proposed national park.

Sheldon returned to the East in 1908, and launched the campaign to establish a national park. Largely due to these efforts, Mount McKinley National Park was established in 1917.

Exploring Denali National Park:

Denali National Park Alaska Vacation As a Denali Park visitor, you may access the heart of Denali National Park by a shuttle bus. You join a standard wildlife tour and ride on a private bus to the end, enjoying a narrated wildlife search trip.

The route goes halfway down the 95-mile restricted-access Denali Park Road. Then, at the Kantishna Roadhouse in Kantishna, you will enjoy a variety of guided hikes, naturalist programs, fishing, photographic opportunities, flightseeing (optional) and gold panning.

In 1980, the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) was passed and Mt. McKinley National Park boundaries expanded by four million acres, tripling in size, to create the newly designated Denali National Park and Preserve. Denali National Park and Preserve remains a subarctic wilderness of wildlife and glaciated mountains.

Denali National Park Gold Mining:

Denali National Park Alaska VacationIn 1903, James Wickersham and four others, attempted to summit Mount McKinley, while unsuccessful, discovered gold around the Tanana, Kantishna and Bearpaw Rivers. After six months, the easy pickings were gone and the rush was over.

Thirty years later President Franklin Roosevelt raised the price of gold to $15/ounce, the park road was completed and mining resurged until the advent of World War II.

Mining activity increased in the 1970's. With the increasing awareness about the negative impacts of mining on the environment, the Mining in Parks Act was passed in 1976, terminating additional mining operations. Today, very little remains at the sites of the old towns that flourished nearly 100 years ago. Only the town of Eureka, now called Kantishna, is left to remind us of those golden years not so long ago.

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