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Denali or Mt. McKinley?

What's in a name? Surprisingly, a lot. Learn more about what the mountain is called and why.

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Denali History Nuggets

Explore little-known episodes from the history of Denali

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The First Ascent of Denali

On June 7, 1913, four people stood on the top of Denali for the first time. Discover more about this historic climb.

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History of the Park Road

From the 1920's to the present the Denali Park Road has been an important method of connecting visitors with their National Park.

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Kennels History

Set aside as a park in 1917, Denali National Park has had a team of canine rangers nearly its entirely history.

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Snapshots from the Past

Explore park history through a tour of the park road with this free book written by Jane Bryant. Published by Clemson University.

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Crown Jewel of the North-Volume 1

The park administrative history explores everything from the park's creation to the colorful people who lived here.

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Crown Jewel of the North-Volume 2

The second volume of the park administrative history continues Denali National Park's story.

 

Selected Documents and Reports

 

Further Reading

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    Last updated: March 12, 2019

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    Denali Park, AK 99755

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