After granting 10-year mountaineering guide contracts to six concessionaires at Denali National Park and Preserve in April, the National Park Service has decided to void those offers and start the process anew, citing concerns from multiple groups about franchise fees and clarity around provisions in the contract.
Denali National Park and Preserve
Kim Heacox has a long history with Denali National Park, beginning in 1981 when he was a rookie interpretive ranger. Rhythm of the Wild is a memoir, describing how Denali National Park has influenced him over three decades during which he experienced the park as a ranger, as a visitor, and as a writer-in-residence.
A mudslide roughly 100 feet wide and 10 feet deep has forced closure of the Denali Park Road just west of the Eielson Visitor Center in Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska and stranded some guests and workers at private lodges in Kantishna.
A badly malnourished grizzly boar, one struggling with infirmities and which had connected park visitors with food, was put down by Denali National Park rangers and wildlife staff who concluded that the bear wasn't healthy enough to sustain aversion training to instill a fear of humans.
Search-and-rescue missions in the National Park System are stressful. The clock is always ticking, the landscapes to be searched varied and dangerous at times, and the outcome never assured. Two SARs this past weekend in the parks, one in Denali National Park and one in Sequoia National Park, ended with two very different outcomes.
A search was ongoing Sunday for a California man who separated from a friend while out on a hike in Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska and failed to return to their campground.
The winners in Partners in Preservation: National Parks are Yellowstone National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park, Zion National Park, World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Everglades National Park, Denali National Park and Mount Rainier National Park.
Many of us go to national parks hoping to see wildlife, but for a few hikers at Denali National Park and Preserve, the encounters they had with grizzly bears were more unnerving than pleasant. The outcomes included one man bitten on his calf by a sow, and a young grizzly rewarded with food when hikers threw a day pack at him.
Three days after a climber died on Denali’s West Buttress, Denali National Park and Preserve mountaineering rangers and volunteers saved the life of a sick climber at the 17,200-foot high camp on Denali early this morning.