Nature and Science

 
Denali National Park and Preserve is a dynamic intact ecosystem that is both inspiring and complex. The landscape is not static--as landslides, glacially-fed braided rivers, and moving glaciers attest. There are also human impacts on the land, such as changes in air quality (air-borne contaminants) and climate.

Discover more about Denali's natural world in the sections below.
 
a dall sheep stands on a rocky hillside

Wildlife

Denali is home to 39 species of mammals, 169 species of birds, and 1 lonely species of amphibian.

small purple flowers in the woods

Plants

This subarctic wilderness is home to more than 1,500 species of vascular plants, mosses and lichens.

a tall snow-capped mountain peaking out of the clouds

Geology

Learn about glaciers, earthquakes, landslides, and the fossils that tell the story of Denali's dinosaurs.

scientific equipment on a tripod in front of a glacier

Climate Change

Change is ever-present in natural settings, and the landscape of Denali is no exception.

sun setting behind mountains overlooking a braided river

Wilderness

Wilderness is a word with both a specific, legal definition and a personal, emotional definition.

smoke and fire engulf a forest

Wildland Fire

Discover more about the natural role of fire in Denali National Park and Preserve.

a dirt road winding through brushy hills and mountains

Road Ecology Program

Scientists in this program study the way the Denali Park Road, and traffic on it, influence wildlife behavior.

visitors on a bus use binoculars to look out the window

Social Science

Find out what Denali's visitation looks like and how visitors are counted at visitor centers.

 

Last updated: March 14, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 9
Denali Park, AK 99755

Phone:

(907) 683-9532

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