1.Denali National Park
Denali National Park is located in southcentral Alaska. Denali Park’s headquarters is located along Alaska Route 3, the George Parks Highway, approximately 240 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska and 125 miles south of Fairbanks, Alaska and 12 miles south of Healy, Alaska.
The park was originally established to protect its large mammals, not because of majestic Mount McKinley. Charles Sheldon conceived the plan to conserve the region as a national park. Naturalist, hunter, and conservationist, Sheldon first traveled here in 1906 and again in 1907 with a packer and guide named Harry Karstens.
2.Gates of the Arctic National Park
Gates of the Arctic National Park is located in Central Brooks Range, about 200 miles northwest of Fairbanks, Alaska .
Total Park and Preserve area: 8,202,517 acres .
Wilderness area: 7,052,000 acres .
Visitation averages 4,000 recreational visits per year. One Alaska Native community is located within the boundary of the park, and its residents and those of eight other adjacent communities use the park for subsistence hunting, fishing,trapping, and gathering.
3.Glacier Bay National Park
Glacier Bay National Park is located on the Southeast Alaska coast, about 65 air miles northwest of Juneau
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve can be reached only by boat or by plane. Travel options from mid-May through September include scheduled and charter air services, a passenger ferry, cruise ships, tour boats and charter boats. Scheduled air service is available year-round from Juneau to Gustavus. Bus or taxi service from Gustavus to the park is available.
4.Katmai National Park
Katmai National Park and Preserve lies about 290 miles southwest of Anchorage on the Alaska Peninsula, just west of King Salmon. Kodiak Island lies just off the Katmai Coast to the east.
Katmai National Park and Preserve was proclaimed as Katmai National Monument on 24 Sep 1918 and established as a national park and preserve on 02 Dec 1980. Boundary changes were made: 24 Apr 1931; 04 Aug 1942; 20 Jan 1969; 01 Dec 1978; 02 Dec 1980. It was wilderness designated on 02 Dec 1980.
5.Kenai Fjords National Park
Kenai Fjords National Park lies south and west of Seward, Alaska, 130 road miles south of Anchorage, on the Seward Highway.
Acreage – as of September 23, 2000
Federal Land – 601,839.20
Non-Federal Land – 68,143.79
Gross Area Acres – 669,982.99
6.Kobuk Valley National Park
Kobuk Valley National Park is located in northwest Alaska, it is east of the city of Kotzebue, AK and 26 miles north of the Arctic Circle.
Kobuk Valley National Park was proclaimed a national monument 01 Dec 1978, and established as a national park 02 Dec 1980. Kobuk Valley National Park is enclosed by the Baird and Waring mountains. It includes the central section of the Kobuk River, the 25-square-mile (40.3 km) Great Kobuk Sand Dunes, and the Little Kobuk and Hunt River and dunes, which were created by the grinding action of ancient glaciers and carried by wind to the valley.
7.Lake Clark National Park
Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is 150 miles southwest of Anchorage, on the west side of the Cook Inlet, at the north end of the Alaska Peninsula.
The wilderness that comprises Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is a composite of ecosystems representative of many diverse regions throughout Alaska. Covering four million acres, the spectacular scenery stretches from the shores of Cook Inlet, across the Chigmit Mountains, to the tundra covered hills of the western interior. The Chigmits, where the Alaska and Aleutian Ranges meet, are an awesome, jagged array of mountains and glaciers which include two active volcanoes, Mt. Redoubt and Mt. Iliamna. Lake Clark, 50 miles long, and many other lakes and rivers within the park are critical salmon habitat to the Bristol Bay salmon fishery, one of the largest sockeye salmon fishing grounds in the world. Numerous lake and river systems in the park and preserve offer excellent fishing and wildlife viewing.
8.Wrangell – St. Elias National Park
Wrangell – St Elias National Park is located in southeastern Alaska along the Canadian border and north of the city of Cape Yakataga, Alaska.
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park was established as a national park and preserve on 02 Dec 1980. The park had been proclaimed as Wrangell-St. Elias National Monument on 01 Dec 1978. It was designated a World Heritage Site on the 24th of Oct 1979, and wilderness designated on the 2nd of Dec 1980.
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