The name of Mount McKinley National Park was subject to local criticism from the beginning of the park. The word "Denali" means "the high one" in the native Athabaskan language and refers to the mountain itself. The mountain was named after newly elected US president William McKinley in 1897 by local prospector William A. Dickey. The United States government formally adopted the name Mount McKinley after President Wilson signed the bill creating Mount McKinley National Park into effect in 1917  In 1980, Mount McKinley National Park was combined with Denali National Monument, and the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act named the combined unit the Denali National Park and Preserve. At that time the Alaska state Board of Geographic Names changed the name of the mountain to "Denali." However, the U.S. Board of Geographic Names does not recognize the change and continues to denote the official name as Mount McKinley. Alaskans tend to use "Denali" and rely on context to distinguish between the park and the mountain. Wikipedia
The Park is over 6 million acres. There is a 91 mile long road through the Park. You can only drive your car through the first 15 miles. You need to take a tour or shuttle bus to go farther. The tour guides all say you will most likely see wildlife and we have read blogs or talked to people who saw 4 or more times of animals on the tours. We haven't been so lucky. As I said before we saw none last time. this time we saw the Caribou. However, the only reason we saw them was that some people had eagle eyes and good binoculars and were able to see them though they were quite far away. I was able to get some pictures with the long lens.
|Nice of this Ground Squirrel to Pose for us|
We also drove the 15 miles into the park a couple of times and saw a little more wildlife.