History & Culture


Subsistence Opportunities

The subsistence program at Denali helps protect the opportunity for qualified local rural residents to continue traditional subsistence activities. The program ensures management of park resources to be consistent with conservation of unimpaired ecosystems and natural and healthy populations of fish and wildlife. Management incorporates traditional ecological knowledge with scientific data and principles. Learn more about subsistence use of animals and the land in Denali.

Understanding and Protecting the Human History of Denali

The Cultural Resources program at Denali documents and shares the stories of people and the land, now and in the past, and helps preserve places and objects with special history. People have made their homes on lands now within park boundaries for perhaps as long as 12,000 years.

Learn about Denali's archeology program

Discover how people use this land

  • Alaska Natives in and near Denali
  • Early explorers and expeditions
  • Mountaineering
  • Subsistence activities today

Read up on park history

  • Historic Structures
  • Historic Themes
  • Park Administrative History
  • Denali Park Road
  • Interviews and Transcripts

Delve into Denali's museum collections

Find out how we protect Denali's cultural resources

  • Buildings and Bridges, Cabins and Cairns
  • Inventories and Condition Assessments
  • Section 106 and the National Historic Register

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