Denali National Park & Preserve

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Denali Park Road Closed at Mile 3 (Park Headquarters)

October 20, 2011, 11:55 am
Regardless of weather, the Denali Park Road will close for the winter season at Mile 3, Park Headquarters, on October 1, 2011. Significant road maintenance will continue beyond Mile 3. A major road maintenance project will begin on September 20, 2011, when a contractor will begin replacing major culverts along ...

Alaska biologist has brushed shoulders with Denali Park moose for 32 years

October 3, 2011, 9:44 am
On a late autumn day, as naked stems of dwarf birch nod away from a warm breeze, a distant flash of antler reveals the object of our search. “The hunters would love to see him,” Vic Van Ballenberghe says as he pulls his pickup to the side of the park ...

Top Ten Park Train Rides

September 14, 2011, 12:13 pm
1.) Grand Canyon National Park - Grand Canyon Railway With the Arizona heat looming, hop the train to Grand Canyon National Park and enjoy the comfortable ride. The Grand Canyon Railway departs daily at 9:30 a.m. from Williams, Arizona, about 30 miles west of Flagstaff. The train travels almost due ...

Rugged Backcountry Gear Guide

September 14, 2011, 7:37 am
By: Heather Crowley Insect Shield One of the best parts of camping and hiking is experiencing the natural world which, in our daily lives, we don’t get to enjoy as much as we’d like. However, sometimes those pesky mosquitoes can ruin your weekend. One of our favorite items for mosquito relief ...

Oh, Ranger! Guide to Alaska's National Parks

September 2, 2011, 8:26 am
Our little, green Oh, Ranger! guide to Alaska's National Parks features many great destinations in Alaska including Denali, Kenai Fjords, Glacier Bay and more! Alaska’s parks are as varied as they are vast, and each is worthy of exploration. This American Park Network guide to Alaska’s National Parks will help ...

Explore National Parks by Taking the Shuttle

June 16, 2011, 10:21 am
Vacations are meant to be relaxing, not spent in traffic. If you are planning to visit a national park during peak season, consider taking a shuttle. Not only do you avoid the hassle of driving, but you’re helping reduce emissions and noise in the park.   Acadia National Park From late June ...

Tools for Planning Your Alaska Adventure

March 15, 2011, 1:30 pm
A trip to Alaska in summertime is a true escape. Alaska’s parks are as varied as they are vast, and each is worthy of exploration. The national parks in Alaska represent both the great sweep of American history and her natural abundance: artifacts of the earliest North Americans; the ...

Species Spotlight: Moose

March 10, 2011, 9:50 am
When traveling to Alaska, most visitors will spend time going wildlife watching. One of the most popular animals to search for is the moose. Making their home across nearly the entire state, the animals can be spotted year round. Some of the largest moose in the world call Denali ...

Mushing: Sled Dogs & the Iditarod

March 9, 2011, 7:11 am
When Alaska became the 49th state in 1959, few roads existed in the new state. Perhaps one of the most synonymous associations with the Great North is the usage of sled dog teams for transportation. Dog sleds as transportation have existed for thousands of years and span across the ...

Alaska's National Parks Continue to Heat Up

February 23, 2011, 7:06 am
Thawing permafrost triggers mudslides on a road traveled by busloads of sightseers. Tall bushes on the tundra block panoramic views and the rapid melting of glaciers poses new flood risks. These are just a few of the ways a rapidly warming climate is reshaping Denali, Kenai Fjords and other national ...

When flying dinosaurs roamed Denali National Park

January 26, 2011, 7:55 am
One of two newly discovered prehistoric birds from Denali National Park and Preserve has been named Magnoavipes denaliensis, which roughly translates into "damn-big flying Denali reptile" or something like that, according to the Museum of Nature & Science in Dallas. The bird was named by paleontologist Tony Fiorillo, the museum ...

Top Parks for Fall Foliage Drives

September 10, 2010, 11:02 am
Ah, yet another fall foliage season is upon us. Here at, leaf-peeping is one of the most eagerly-anticipated rituals of autumn. Last year, we featured our favorite parks to visit to soak up the red and golden hues in all their glory. This year, we offer a slightly ...

Denali's Online Backcountry Camping and Hiking Guide

April 15, 2010, 7:49 am
Denali's handy online map can help you planning your Denali backpacking adventure. Click on any unit number in the map to read a thorough description of that ...

Help wanted: Denali needs a dog musher

November 9, 2009, 8:35 am
In the world of dog mushing, there aren't many jobs with a steady paycheck. Professional mushers live off the bounty of their race earnings, dog breeding skills and marketing savvy. And within a federal government that employs 19.7 million people, there is one -- exactly one -- dog mushing job. ...

Pilot tried to save Denali wolf biologist after plane crash in Alaska park

October 19, 2009, 8:12 am
 As wildlife advocates mourned the plane-crash death of Gordon Haber, the biologist who spent 40 years documenting the lives and societies of Denali's wolves, his pilot was recovering Friday in a burn center in Seattle after hiking 20 miles back to civilization.Details of the crash and rescue operation in ...