Visiting a National Park

“In wilderness is the preservation of the world”
 – Henry David Thoreau
 
National parks began with the establishment of Yellowstone National Park in 1872 as “a public park or pleasuring ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.” Soon after, the United States authorized the establishment of more parks and historic monuments, but they were not managed by a central agency. The National Park Service was enacted by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, and the newly-formed agency became responsible for the nation’s 35 National Parks. The following year, Mount McKinley National Park was created. In 1978, the Denali National Monument was created, and the two were joined in 1980 to become Denali National Park and Preserve.

Today, Denali National Park is one of more than 400 National Parks and Monuments and one of eight national parks in Alaska alone. More than 500,000 people enjoy the park annually, experiencing the grand vistas of mountains and tundra, and searching for the untamed wildlife. Preservation efforts are paramount in Denali to ensure this sensitive ecosystem endures for generations. And access to the park is restricted to park-approved tours, such as the Denali Backcountry Adventure.

Most visitors to Denali will limit their stay to the Park entrance, and explore the many trails near the Visitors Center. However, adventure seekers and those who are looking for a unique way to experience Denali National Park choose to stay at the Denali Backcountry Lodge. Located within the park’s wilderness boundaries, the property offers visitors the opportunity to explore the backcountry and enjoy unrivaled views, and relax in comfortable accommodations after a day’s adventure.
 
Alaska’s other national parks include Kenai Fjords, Wrangell-St. Elias, Katmai, Lake Clark, Gates of the Arctic, Glacier Bay, and Kobuk Valley