Tundra~vegitation growing above tree line...well drained soil.
Tiaga~means 'little sticks', soil that is not well drained.
Black flies OR flying jaws OR no-see-ums~ mean, tiny, little critters that are
invisable until they open their mouths and bite causing welts that pretty much
itch like you wouldn't believe!
There are several species of mosquitoes...Wonder Lake is home to many of them.
Caribou numbering 2000 in the park are bothered by worable and box flies numbering
about a gazillion.
Denali (Mt. McKinley) was not included in the original park.
The park was increased to 6 million acres in 1917.
Savage River Wildlife Sancuary was developed for the preservation of Dall Sheep...the
main reason the park was established.
1950 saw the completion of the Denali Highway between Paxton and Cantwell.
1972 was the completion of the Parks Highway between Fairbanks and Anchorage.
Anyone can hike/backpack/camp anywhere in the park...except for posted areas where
it's dangerous to animals or humans. Usually there are no trails, but if
tenting...must be 1/2 mile from road and out of sight.
The Alaska Range...Denali is a part of this range...is 600 miles long with an
average elevation of 7000 feet.
The Muldrow Glacier, about 70 miles from the entrance is inactive and covered with
vegetation and debris.