Park Statistics

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Alaska Region | Denali National Park & Preserve
P.O. Box 9, Denali Park, AK 99755-0009

Telephone: 907-683-2294 Headquarters | 907-683-9649 Teletype for the Deaf/Hearing Impaired (TTY)
Fax: 907-683-9612

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Superintendent: Don Striker


Visitation and Budget
Year Visitation Base Budget
2000 364,019 $9,189,000
2001 360,271 $9,792,000
2002 353,560 $10,144,000
2003 359,838 $10,949,000
2004 404,234 $10,687,000
2005 403,520 $10,842,000
2006 415,935 $10,547,000
2007 458,307 $10,644,000
2008 432,301 $11,910,000
2009 358,040 $12,642,000
2010 378,885
$13,976,000
2011 406,581 $13,881,000
2012 388,433
$13,777,000
2013 530,911 $13,540,800
2014 531,315 $13,527,200
2015 560,757 $14,354,793

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Dates & Numbers

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Size

  • Park: 4,740,091 acres (including 2,146,270 acres of Federally-designated Wilderness)
  • Preserve: 1,334,118 acres
  • Total area: 6,075,030 acres (9,492 square miles)
  • Perimeter: 606 miles
  • Comparison: New Hampshire is 9,351 square miles in area, Massachusetts is 10,555 square miles.
Staffing

  • 91 permanent employees (2015)
  • 19 term employees (2015)
  • 180 seasonal employees (multiple-year average)
  • 483 volunteers completing 56,140 volunteer hours (2015)
Infrastructure

Landmarks and Elevation

  • Denali Visitor Center: 1,746 feet above sea level (asl)
  • Polychrome Overlook: 3,700 feet asl
  • Highway Pass (highest point on the Denali Park Road): 3,980 feet asl
  • Eielson Visitor Center: 3,733 feet asl
  • Wonder Lake Campground: 2,055 feet asl
  • Mount Foraker: 17,400 feet asl
  • Mount Denali (highest point in North America): 20,310 feet asl
  • Yentna River, at the Denali boundary (lowest point in the park): 223 feet asl
 

Plants and Animals

  • Amphibians - 1 species
  • Mammals - 38 species
  • Birds - 172 recorded species (160 breeding or resident + 12 incidentals)
  • Fish - 14 species (including 3 salmon species)
  • Reptiles - none!
  • Vascular plants - 758 species
  • Trees - 8 species
  • Mosses - 380 species documented to date
  • Liverworts - 119 species documented to date
  • Lichens - 442 species documented to date
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Natural History

Paleontology
Thousands of trace fossils (tracks, footprints, or body prints) have been found since the first discovery of dinosaur prints in 2005, all dating from 65-72 million years ago. They include theropods, hadrosaurs, ceratopsians, and pterosaurs, as well as bird tracks, fish traces, crayfish burrows, and insect trackways. Myirospirifer breasei, a species of extinct marine brachiopod that has been found only in Denali, is named after Phil Brease, park geologist from 1986 until his untimely death in May 2010. Learn more about paleontology in the park.

Lakes and Streams
  • Chilchukabena Lake: 2.6 miles long, 2 miles wide, 2056 acres (largest in the park)
  • Wonder Lake: 2.7 miles long, 1/2 mile wide, 649 acres, 280 feet maximum depth
  • Approximately 12,206 lakes and ponds in the park and preserve; 18,679 miles of streams
Glaciers
  • 15% of park's land area is covered with glaciers (approx. 1,422 sq. miles).
  • Loss of 8% from 1950 - 2010.
  • Largest glacier: Kahiltna Glacier on the south side of Alaska Range (45 miles or 72.4 km long)
  • Largest glacier on north side of Alaska Range: Muldrow Glacier (34 miles or 54.7 km long)
  • Deepest measured glacier: Ruth Glacier, 3805 feet or 1160 meters
  • Learn more about glaciers in the park
Earthquakes
  • Average number per year within park boundaries: about 3,000
  • Depth: 60% between 0-20 km – deepest are at about 200 km
  • Largest recent earthquake is magnitude 5.2 (January 23, 2011).
  • Earthquakes as small as magnitude 0.5 are routinely detected.
  • The 7.9 quake on November 3, 2002 was largest recorded interior Alaska earthquake.
  • Most events occur within the Kantishna seismic cluster, in the foothills north of Denali.
Weather
  • Average annual precipitation = 15 inches / 381mm (park headquarters)
  • Wettest months are July, August, and June (in that order)
  • Average annual snowfall = 80 inches / 202 cm (park headquarters)
  • Coldest temperature recorded at headquarters: -54° F / -48ºC, February 5, 1999
  • Coldest year on record: 1956
  • Highest temperature recorded at headquarters: 91° F / 33ºC, June 22, 1991
  • Warmest year on record: 1926
  • Average January temperature: 2.0°F / -17ºC
  • Average July temperature: 55°F / 13ºC
  • Shortest day (December 21): 4 hours, 21 minutes of daylight
  • Longest day (June 21): 20 hours, 49 minutes of daylight
  • Number of years in cooperation with the National Weather Service: 90
  • Learn more about park weather


Uniquely Denali

Sled Dogs
  • Average number of miles patrolled by sled each winter: 3,000
  • Kennels building constructed in 1929
  • Sled dog demonstrations inaugurated in 1939
  • Average yearly dog demonstration attendance: over 50,000
  • Learn more about the sled dogs
Denali Mountaineering
  • Check out detailed annual mountaineering statistics, including total climbers and narrative summaries of each climbing season since 1978.
  • Notable Ascents First summit of South Peak (true summit): June 7, 1913; W. Harper, H. Karstens, H. Stuck, R. Tatum
  • First summit of North Peak: April 3, 1910; Pete Anderson, Billy Taylor
  • First woman to summit: June 6, 1947; Barbara Polk Washburn
  • First solo ascent: August 26, 1970; Naomi Uemura
  • First winter ascent: February 28, 1967; Dave Johnston, Art Davidson, Ray Genet
  • First solo winter ascent: February 12, 1984; Naomi Uemura (died on descent)
  • First successful winter solo ascent completed: March 7, 1988; Vern Tejas
  • Oldest person to summit: June 28, 2013; Tom Choate, 78 years old
  • Youngest person to summit: June 17, 2001; Galen Johnston, 11 years old

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 9
Denali Park, AK 99755

Phone:

(907) 683-9532
General park information. The phone is answered 9 am - 4 pm daily, except on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. If you reach the voicemail, please leave a message with your number and we'll call you back as soon as we finish helping the visitor on the line ahead of you.

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