From Seward, we drove about
360 miles to Denali National Park.
Denali, formerly known as Mount
McKinley is huge. Its south peak
is 20,320 feet tall - the highest
mountain in North America.
To give you an idea of the size of
Denali, the picture to the left was
taken from Talkeetna, which is
about 80 - 90 miles from Mount
On the day that we were driving to Denali National Park on the Parks Highway
(Alaska Route 3), we were fortunate that the weather was clear. The pictures
above were taken from a viewpoint off of the Parks Highway. If you go to
Denali, there is only about a 1 in 4 chance that the weather will be clear enough to
see Mount McKinley. The mountain is so high that it is often covered by clouds.
Denali is an Athabascan word that means the "High One."
There are 6 million acres in Denali National Park, which makes the park larger than
Massachusetts in area. The park was originally established in 1917 as a game