The Best Open Tundra Hiking In The World

Denali National Park is located at 64◦ North Latitude, not too far from the Arctic Circle. Tree line ranges from 2000 ft to 3000 feet. Unlike lower latitudes, you are in the open tundra quickly. The great Alaska Range is truly astounding.  Mt. … [Read more...]

Trumpeter Swans Come To Denali During Their Annual Migration

One of the greatest stories on the planet is the annual migration of birds. In the subarctic and arctic, there is abundance of food and nesting habitat in the Summer. Millions and millions of birds fly, some of them nonstop, to Denali National Park … [Read more...]

Trying To Get My House Finished In Time!!

Beavers have been creating wetlands for thousands of years. Here in Denali National Park, I have been observing Beavers at Horseshoe Lake for several years. The beavers have grown comfortable with me as I observe them scrambling to get their bank … [Read more...]

Hiking With The Grizzlies

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Denali National Park is Born

At the end of the Park Road in Denali National Park, there is a small community known as Kantishna. In 1903, gold was discovered there. Nearly 3000 people came there to mind gold and in this total wilderness, they turned to harvesting the local … [Read more...]

Wildflowers Draw You to The Mountain Tops

From mid-June to mid-July, wildflowers are quite abundant at Denali National Park. These flowers are very small and require you to get on your hands and knees to view them and appreciate their beauty. This is Purple Mountain Saxifrage. It appears in … [Read more...]

Glaciers Carve The Landscape in Denali

Glaciers are a major geologic feature of Denali National Park covering 17% of the Park's 6.2 million acre area or about 1,563 square miles. This photo was taken on a flight around Mt. McKinley (Denali) on Kantishna Air. These glaciers are coming from … [Read more...]

Caribou – Denali National Park

  Caribou live in extreme northerly latitudes.  These caribou are roaming on the open tundra in Denali National Park in the Fall. … [Read more...]

Fall in Denali National Park

  Fall is different in the Subarctic.  The tundra has the same colors as you see on deciduous trees.  Here on the tundra, the same pigments are visible on the low-lying plants of the tundra. … [Read more...]

The Magic That Is Denali National Park

Denali National Park is near the top of the world, located slightly below the Arctic Circle. It is a 6 million acre Park about the size of the State of New Hampshire and home to Mt. McKinley (Denali), the highest point in North America. It has some … [Read more...]