Known alternately as Mount McKinley or Denali, the name given by the indigenous Athabaskan people, the 20,320-foot peak at the heart of Alaska's Denali National Park and Preserve is the highest mountain in North America. More than just this massive mountain, the park encloses a variety of subarctic landscapes, including wet and alpine tundra, hardwood and bottomland forests, and low-brush bogs.
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Though at more than 29,000 feet, Tibet's Mount Everest is the world's highest peak, the 20,000 foot Denali is more massive and has a higher vertical rise, 18,000 feet compared to Everest's 12,000.
A grizzly bear cub in Denali National Park and Preserve. Grizzlies, black bears, moose, caribou, sheep, wolves, marmots, beavers, hares, and squirrels are among the mammal species seen widely throughout the park. Others, such as lynxes, foxes, and wolverines inhabit the area but are only rarely seen.
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Denali's alpine lakes and meadows make for a tranquil panorama.