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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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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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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.


Crown Jewel of the North: An Administrative History of Denali

The park administrative history is the definitive story of Denali National Park and Preserve. Published in two volumes (2006 for the first, 2008 for the second), they explore the circumstances surrounding the creation of this park; its early and modern management challenges; and the colorful characters who have called this area home.

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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: April 10, 2018

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