Welcome to Denali National Park and Preserve
This year we celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the first successful summit of Mount McKinley, or Denali, the tallest peak on the North American continent and the crowning glory of the park that bears its name. On June 7, 1913 four men -- Walter Harper, Harry Karstens, Hudson Stuck, and Robert Tatum -- made history by being the first to set foot on the true summit. Karstens, a true Alaskan "sourdough" would make history again in a few years by becoming the first superintendent of the fledgling Mount McKinley National Park at a time when, with the park in its infancy, his unique skills would come in handy. We owe much of what we have here today to his leadership and perseverance.
Join us as we celebrate the accomplishment of the first successful summit, and immerse yourself in this special place that Karstens dedicated himself to protecting for future generations. It is because of his dedication, and that of countless others, that we look forward to celebrating more significant centennial anniversaries -- that of the National Park Service in 2016, and Denali National Park and Preserve in 2017. Mark your calendars to come visit us again.Sincerely,
Superintendent Don Striker
Did You Know?
Warmer temperatures have led to dramatic thawing of permafrost. Thaw releases carbon, as once-frozen materials decompose, but allows increased plant growth. Researchers in Denali are studying whether thawing permafrost will increase or decrease world-wide carbon emissions.