Denali National Park - Paradise amidst a Frozen Wilderness
The Denali National Park is the largest wildlife reserve in North America, occupying an expansive six million acres. Its most notable landmass and tourist attraction is Mt. McKinley, which stands at a height of 20,320 feet and is known as the "roof of North America". The mountain was named after former senator and President William McKinley. Despite its location, Denali National Park has a fairly diverse subarctic landscape and is blessed with a rich assortment of flora and fauna that is unparalleled among the other wildlife reserves in North America. Tundra as well as taiga vegetation is prevalent here. Vast stretches of aspen, spruce and stubby evergreen blades of grass swathe the taiga region, while small flowers, shrubs and mosses can be found in the tundra zone. The extreme climatic conditions notwithstanding, Denali has a rich faunal diversity comprising of caribou, moose, foxes, sheep and wolves. The park is also home to a large population of grizzly bear, which is the apex predator that reigns supreme in these parts. As portrayed on this beautiful acrylic fridge magnet, the North American grizzly bear is a largely solitary beast that is believed to have descended from the Ussuri brown bears of Russia. It is said that these magnificent animals migrated to Alaska from eastern Russia around 100,000 years ago.
The Capricious Climatic Conditions of Denali
Denali is notorious for its unpredictable weather patterns, which change course ever so frequently without warning. So whimsical is the weather that one can experience all the seasons of the year in a single day. The park experiences blistering winters and pleasantly cold summers for the most part. Hence, the best time to visit Denali is during the summer months when the temperature ranges between 33 and 75 F.