Denali National Park and Preserve

Alaska Officials Considering Proposal To Kill Predators in National Parks Without Park Service Approval

Alaska wildlife officials, in a move certain to flare jurisdictional issues between the state and federal governments if OKed, are proposing that they be allowed to kill predators in national parks and preserves without prior approval from the National Park Service. The proposal has prompted a message from National Park Service officials that Alaska's wildlife management powers "are not absolute when we are dealing with Federal lands within the State."

Frogs Are A Sure Sign of Spring, But That Doesn't Mean You Won't Hear Them Now

If you want to know whether Spring is on the way, don’t look to groundhogs for the answer. Instead, listen for the frogs. Certain species of frogs, such as the wood frog, begin singing even when there is still snow on the ground.

New "Chief Musher" Selected at Denali National Park and Preserve

Jen Raffaeli "hopping" one of Denali's sled dogs back to its kennel slot after a sled dog demonstration.
There's no doubt you have a great job when the top dogs at Denali National Park and Preserve take orders from you. In this case over two dozen sled dogs answer to the "chief musher," and the park has announced its selection for the person who will fill that job.

How to Manage Vehicles at Denali National Park? The Discussion is Underway

Park shuttle bus at Denali.
Denali National Park offers one of the premier wildlife viewing opportunities in the country, along with superb scenery, vast wilderness areas … and that famous mountain. Faced with growing visitation, the park is pondering how to manage vehicle access, and you're invited to participate in the discussion.

Here's the Denali Road Lottery Schedule

There are lotteries for landing backcountry campsites in the national parks, lotteries for winning the privilege for floating down the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park, and even lotteries for the chance to drive down the Denali Road in Denali National Park & Preserve during the fall color season.

Teacher Scholarships Available for Summer 2010 Courses in Denali National Park and Preserve

Moose at Denali National Park
Good teachers are on the lookout for opportunities to expand their knowledge, and it would be hard to find a more appealing "classroom" than Alaska's Denali National Park in the summer. Teachers can apply now for scholarships for seminars and training in the park next summer.

Reservations For Denali National Park Shuttle and Campgrounds Can be Made December 1

If Denali National Park and Preserve is in your travel plans for next summer, beginning Tuesday you'll be able to make your reservation for a ride on the park's shuttle buses and for a site in one of the park's four largest campgrounds.

Is This the Most Unique Job in the National Park Service?

Dog team at Denali.
The National Park Service employs men and women in some unusual and challenging positions, but one that's a good contender for the title of "most unique job in the system" is currently open at Denali National Park and Preserve.

Visiting Alaska National Parks – By Train

Turnagain Arm view by Jim Burnett
It's not too soon to start dreaming about and planning for next summer's trip to Alaska, and the Alaska Railroad offers an appealing means of travel to a pair of outstanding parks: Denali National Park and Kenai Fjords National Park.

Wolf Biologist Killed In Plane Crash in Denali National Park, Pilot Survived

A noted Alaskan wolf biologist has been killed in a plane crash in a remote area of Denali National Park and Preserve. The pilot, though he suffered burns, was able to walk out and alert authorities.

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.
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