Just past Sanctuary River campground, Denali Park Road meanders through a boreal forest filled with spruce trees. The trees range in height from about 30 to 60 feet, and many of the trees throughout this drive lean to the side, seemingly in random directions.
If you’ve been fortunate enough to travel along all 92 miles of Denali Park Road, you undoubtedly got a chance to take a peek at Wonder Lake, often called the Crown Jewel of Denali.
Have you ever seen a big, strange-looking rock on a hillside and thought “that looks out of place…how did that get there?” If you were in an area once covered by glaciers, it’s likely that you are looking at something called a glacial erratic.
In mid-March every year, a crew of about a dozen National Park Service workers begins the long and important task of preparing Denali Park Road for the summer season.
The Ptarmigan is the State Bird of Alaska.
The Rock Ptarmigan is seasonally camouflaged; its feathers moult from white in winter to brown in spring or summer.
Woolly mammoths were animals that looked like elephants. They lived in northern parts of Europe, Asia and North America over 11,000 years ago.
Most people do not know that camels started out in North America. The western camel lived in North America from 10,000 to 600,000 years ago.
The Steppe Bison lived during the Pleistocene Period (about 2 million To 10,000 years ago). It was one of the most common species from Eastern Beringia (unglaciated parts of Alaska, Yukon and Northwest Territories).
The short-faced bear was a mammal that lived in Beringia. It was probably a predator (a meat-eater) that may have attacked bison, deer, muskoxen, caribou, ground sloths and horses.