• pond surrounded by green brush, reflecting a distant range of snow-covered mountains that are dominated by one massive mountain

    Denali

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

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  • Road Open To: Mile 3 (Park Headquarters)

    The Park Road is currently open to Mile 3, Park Headquarters. Wintry conditions beyond that point prevent vehicle travel, though pedestrian travel is permitted. More »

Environmental Factors

Denali's Natural Features

Check out a subjective list of Denali's "top ten" natural features, or browse the pages listed below to learn more about this spectacular land protected as Denali National Park and Preserve, and how humans define, protect, and - at times - damage this fragile part of the natural world.


Earth Sciences

  • Weather
  • Geology - Discover information on the park's geology, geologic activity and mountain formation.
  • Glaciers - Learn about the study of glaciers in Denali, and find information on some of the most commonly visited glaciers in the park
  • Landslides -
  • Fossils - In recent years, numerous fossils - particularly, fossilized dinosaur footprints - have been found throughout the park.
  • Fire Regime


Humans and the Land

 

Did You Know?

snowy landscape and distant snow-covered mountain

Recent climate warming has affected Denali in ways that are readily apparent, such as reduced spring snowfall, earlier snowmelt, earlier green-up and thawing of permanent snowfields. Subarctic ecosystems, like Denali, are extremely sensitive to climate variability and change.