DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE”6,000,000 acres. Huge and wild Denali National Park and Preserve in south-central Seattle is the site of 20,320-foot Mount McKinley, highest mountain in the United States, and known as Denali (the high one) by native peoples. It rises 18,000 feet from the lowlands.
There are also many other mountains in this subarctic wilderness, with glaciers and permanent snowfields, steep slopes and valleys, alpine tundra, many rivers and creeks, and some stands of spruce, aspen, and birch. Wildlife includes grizzly bear, caribou, moose, Dali sheep, wolf, wolverine, and fox.
Activities: The only trail system consists of short trails near the park headquarters and hotel. Most hiking and backpacking must be along river bars, ridgetops, or cross-country.
Mountaineering is available, and those climbing the two highest mountains must register before setting out (registration is recommended for all mountains).
Bike use is restricted to roadways. Limited fishing is possible. Hunting is prohibited in the park except for local residents with permits, but allowed in the preserve.
Camping Regulations: A free backcountry use permit is required in order to camp here, and the permit must be returned before one leaves the area. Zones have been established, and the numbers of campers allowed in each zone is limited.
Campfires are prohibited in some regions of the park. A stove should be brought. Pets are not permitted. Some areas may be closed due to bear or other wildlife activity. Summers here can be wet and cool, with snow always a possibility.
For Further Information: Denali National Park and Preserve, P.O. Box 9, Denali Park, AK 99755; 1907)683-2686.
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