Denali National Park and Preserve is located in Interior Alaska  and contains Denali (Mount McKinley ), the highest mountain in North America . The park and preserve together cover 9,492 mi² (24,585 km²).The longest glacier is the Kalhiltna glacier. The word "Denali" means "the high one" in the native Athabaskan  language and refers to the mountain itself. The mountain was named after president William McKinley  of Ohio  in 1897 by local prospector William A. Dickey. Today, the park hosts more than 400,000 visitors who enjoy wildlife viewing, mountaineering , and backpacking . Wintertime recreation includes dog-sledding , cross-country skiing , and snowmobiling  where allowed.
Denali Park is home to North America's highest mountain, Mt. McKinley, towering over 20,300 feet tall. The 6 million acre National Park will also give you one of your best opportunities to see Alaska's wildlife such as grizzly bear, moose, wolves, Dall sheep and caribou. Denali Park is located about 240 miles north of Anchorage, about 5 ½ hours by road or 8 hours by train. The park is open year round, but the road into Denali Park and most visitor facilities are only open from mid-May through the third week in September. Photos Denali National Park