Plane Missing at Denali National Park and Preserve With Noted Wolf Biologist Aboard

An aerial search was under way Thursday across the northern half of Denali National Park and Preserve where a single-engine plane with a noted wolf biologist went missing.

Melting Permafrost May Help Explain Why Many Denali National Park Wetlands Are Drying Up

Scientists working in Denali National Park suspect that melting permafrost might be an important reason why many of Alaska’s shallow lakes and wetlands have shrunk or disappeared. If the trend continues, wetland-dependent wildlife might be severely impacted.

Going to Denali National Park? Check Ahead – the First Serious Snow of the Winter Has Fallen

Denali National Park scene.
September visits to Denali National Park and Preserve offer their own rewards, but it's important to check ahead about road and weather conditions. The park has reported the first significant snowfall of the season, and that has resulted in a few changes for travel in the park.

Several New Trails Proposed at Denali National Park. Comments are Now Being Received

Denali and the park road.
Several new short trails are being proposed at Denali National Park to help protect park resources, improve visitor safety and add additional recreational and interpretive opportunities. The park is now accepting public comments on the plan. Here's a summary of the project.

Audubon Touts Birding in a Dozen National Parks

The September-October 2009 issue of Audubon magazine has a Kenn Kaufman article that provides helpful information about birding in twelve national parks.

Climate Change and National Parks: A Survival Guide for a Warming World -- Caribou in Alaska's Parks and Preserves

Caribou have been on the landscape for more than 400,000 years. For roughly the past 12,000 years, they have been hunted by humans — first the paleo-Indians, now the First Nations’ cultures along with many other Alaskans. Resilience to hunting, to weather, and to predators has enabled the caribou to remain an integral part of both the natural landscape and the human culture. The greatest test of their resilience, though, stands to be climate change.

Nearly 60 Percent of Mt. McKinley Climbers Reached the Summit This Summer

Nearly 60 percent of the climbers who set out to stand atop Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve succeeded this climbing season. However, that accomplishment was overshadowed by the deaths of four climbers.

Park Shuttle Bus Systems are Growing in Popularity Around the Country.

Shuttle bus systems are growing in popularity as one way to reduce the impacts of private vehicles on parks—and on the experience of visitors. Here's a look at some of those systems at NPS sites around the country.

Denali Road Lottery Application Deadline is June 30

Have you always wanted to be able to drive down the shuttle road in Denali National Park during the September leaf peeping season? If so, you'll need to have a permit. This year the road lottery application deadline has been moved up to June 30. Here are the pertinent details.

Unusual Prehistoric Hunting Artifact Was a Lucky Find at Denali

While hiking in Denali National Park, a sharp-eyed youngster found an ancient arrow foreshaft carved from an antler. This rare artifact will help archeologists learn more about early Athabascan occupancy of interior Alaska.

Roped-Together Climbers Die in Fall On Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve

Two acclaimed climbers who were roped together while climbing on Mount McKinley in Denali National Park have fallen several thousand feet to their deaths.
Bear-watching in Alaska is a big draw for tourists come summer. This podcast offers pointers on where to go in search of bears, what permits are necessary, and how to stay safe.

Search For Missing Climber at Denali National Park Leads to Remains Of Two Other Lost Climbers

While one chapter of the climbing history of Mount McKinley remains unfinished, another has been closed with the discovery of two partially buried bodies high on the unforgiving mountain.

Search Suspended for Missing Climber on Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve

Mount McKinley seems to have claimed its second victim of the climbing season. Rangers at Denali National Park and Preserve have suspended their active search for a Coloradan missing since he launched a solo bid for the summit last Tuesday.

Aerial Search Continuing for Missing Coloradan On Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve

Favorable flying conditions allowed searchers to spend more than 10 hours in the air Saturday looking for a Coloradan missing on Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve, but there's still no sign of him.

Still No Sign of Missing Climber on Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve

A second day of searching has failed to turn up any sign of a missing climber on Mount McKinley in Denali National Park, and rangers plan to continue the search through the weekend.

Search Under Way for Overdue Climber in Denali National Park and Preserve

Rangers at Denali National Park and Preserve are looking for a Colorado man who was making a solo bid to reach the summit of Mount McKinley.

Winner of the Annual Harry Yount Award for Excellence in Rangering Announced

Award ceremony.
Each year NPS rangers nominate one of their own for the Harry Yount National Park Ranger Award for excellence in “rangering.” This year's winner received his award at a Capitol Hill ceremony this week.

Artist-in-Residence. Great Benefit National Parks Offer to Painters, Sculptors, Writers and More

National parks often are looked upon as places of not just great beauty, but also great inspiration. So it's only natural that they should spur the creative juices of writers, painters, sculptors, and other artists.

Some Sure Signs of Spring at Denali National Park and Preserve

Mt. McKinley
The first climbers of the season have reached the summit of Mt. McKinley, there's no longer enough snow on the ground to allow the use of snowmobiles in the area, and the first 30 miles of the road into the park are open. It must be spring at Denali National Park and Preserve.

New Yorker Climbing Mount McKinley in Denali National Park Dies on West Buttress

A 61-year-old New Yorker collapsed and died, apparently of natural causes, while being guided to the top of Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve. William Hearne died Thursday after his team hauled gear to 13,500 feet.
Wheeled access into the heart of Denali National Park and Preserve is intentionally limited to the 92-mile-long Parks Highway to protect the wildness and character of the park. This short video explains the rationale behind that decision, and looks at the future of the highway.

Alaska Game Officials Being Asked to Ease Off On Killing Bears and Wolves in National Park Preserves

For many Lower 48ers, the state of Alaska is perceived as a big, raw chunk of wilderness, complete with booming wildlife populations. And perhaps it is, but there's a growing concern that Alaska's wildlife managers are getting carried away with their bag limits on national park landscapes.

National Park Quiz 43: Names

Take this week’s quiz and find out if you’re up to snuff on national park names. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you say Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau over and over until you can pronounce it correctly.

Accessibility in the National Park System

The other day I read a story about efforts at Cape Lookout National Seashore to install an ADA accessible ramp. And that got me to wondering about how accessible the National Park System is.
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What Were the Top Stories Across the National Park System in 2008?

What were the top stories across the National Park System in 2008? That's a good question, but unfortunately one that brings to mind many stories we at the Traveler wish never arose.

Range of Lodging Deals and Events Appearing on the National Park Landscape

If you're kid-free or otherwise not bound to school calendars, there are a number of lodging specials and seasonal events in the National Park System in the coming months.

National Park Quiz 32: Survival

This week’s quiz is about surviving – or even better, avoiding – dangerous situations in national parks. Answers are at the end. This is serious stuff, so you’re welcome to peek all you like.

28 Years Ago, the National Park System Gained Millions of Acres

Imagine if the National Park System could grow, overnight, by 43 million acres. That's exactly what happened nearly three decades ago in a place called Alaska.

Climbing is Capped at Mount McKinley and Climbers are Left to Wonder What’s Next

The NPS has announced an annual cap of 1,500 on Mt. McKinley climbers. Officials believe that unchecked growth in McKinley climbing would lead to intolerable crowding, put too much strain on park resources, cause environmental problems, and compromise climber safety. Are caps on the way in other climbing parks?