Virtual Tours

Virtual Tours: Science and Research in Denali

Explore some of the research happening in Denali, paired with striking images of plants and landscapes in the park.


Student Virtual Tour of Savage River

Students at the nearby Tri-Valley School worked on a virtual tour of the Savage River area of the park in 2014. Their virtual tour showcases the geology and geologic history of the river valley, as well as an exploration of wildlife in the area and a scientific analysis of the river's rate of flow.


A Virtual Tour of the Mosses and Lichens of Denali
(13 MB swf download)

Mosses and lichens, although small, are a major component of Denali's plant life. They comprise about half of the diversity with over 800 species and provide many important ecological functions. They cover the ground in many areas of the park, from soggy wetlands to the rocky alpine.

This eResource introduces the viewer to what exactly mosses and lichens are, where they grow, and how they are used by animals and other plants. Explore the intricate beauty of these small organisms with over 30 close-up photographs, and then go outside to find them for yourself.


Virtual Data-Viewer of Denali Soundscapes
(10.1 MB SWF download)

Explore data from as many as 30 soundscape study locations in years between 2006 and 2009. Each site provides a summary and descriptions that include GPS location, elevation, ecoregion and sampling period, plus as many as nine charts of specific site findings.


Virtual Tour of Landscape Change in Denali
(2.4 MB SWF download)

Denali is a dynamic and ever-changing place. Careful examination of paired historic and recent photographs by park staff has revealed dramatic and widespread landscape changes in and around Denali National Park and Preserve.

Paired photographs are extremely valuable because they allow for a self-paced visual comparison of landscape characters otherwise difficult to observe. This eResource features over 30 repeat photo pairs and provides context for what the changes depicted may mean for the future of Denali National Park.


Trip Planning Tools

Use these virtual tours to explore some of the most popular activities in Denali and inform your own trip plans.


Discovery Hikes
(13 MB SWF download)

For more than a generation, since 1973, Denali has offered visitors an opportunity to spend a day hiking with a park ranger in wilderness backcountry areas where there are no roads or trails. Small group sizes of 11 people or fewer allow for meaningful interactions while minimizing impact on park resources.

This eGuide provides visitors with information about what to expect on a Discovery Hike, challenges and difficulty, how and where to sign up, what to wear, items and gear to bring, as well as a glossary of important terms.

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