Alaska Conservation Foundation > Experience Alaska > Alaska’s Sanctuaries, Parks, Refuges and Communities > National Parks > Denali National Park and Preserve
Alaska’s oldest and best-known national park has the tallest mountain in North America – Mt. McKinley, 20,320 feet – and world-famous wildlife viewing. Grizzly bears, caribou, moose, Dall sheep and wolves roam the park, often visible from the road.
Established 1917 as Mt. McKinley National Park, to protect the area’s wildlife. Tripled in size and renamed Denali National Park and Preserve, in honor of the local Indian name for the big mountain, by the historic 1980 Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.
Size: 6 million acres – larger than the state of Massachusetts. Accessible by road, about 240 miles north of Anchorage and about 120 miles south of Fairbanks.
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