Mount McKinley National Park (the original 2 million acres established in 1917) was the first national park created to protect wildlife, including Dall's sheep.
Over 100 bird species call Denali home in summer, though far fewer overwinter in the park. Learn more about birds in Denali, view an online bird checklist, or read more about the following selection of birds.
The rivers and lakes most commonly seen by visitors provide habitat for limited species of fish. Additional species are found in more remote waters of the park.
Reptiles and Amphibians
There are no reptiles this far north; however, there is one lone amphibian species -- the wood frog. It is adapted for life in the far north: it freezes solid in winter, and then thaws in the spring! Learn more about wood frogs.
Did You Know?
In 1908, Charles Sheldon – a hunter and naturalist – described in his journal the idea of a park that would allow visitors to enjoy the beauty he saw while visiting Alaska. In 1917 his vision became reality, with the creation of Mount McKinley National Park.