Denali from Eielson. Copyright © Timm Martin. Image used with permission.

Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska contains Mount McKinley, the highest mountain in North America.  The park and preserve together cover 9,492 square miles or more than 7.3 million acres.  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, although McKinley had no connection with the region.  The park was designated an international biosphere reserve in 1976.  Denali habitat is a mix of forest at the lowest elevations, including deciduous taiga.  The preserve is also home to tundra at middle elevations, and glaciers, rock, and snow at the highest elevations.  (Source: Wikipedia, Image: Timm Martin)

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