Kick off Spring Break with three nights of The Mother Hips, original California soul since 1991! The San Francisco based band will be making their first ever stop to Alaska and they are pumped to play in front of the opening weekend spring break crowd. The Sitz will also be offering ...Read More
The beginning part of the Alaskan winter is long. Towards the middle to end of October folks start to notice the days getting shorter and colder with that trend stretching into November. The temps drop and the rain storms that frequent southcentral AK start to deliver snow on the higher ...Read More
Andrew was born in Homer, Alaska. He was an avid athlete and wrestler that dreamed of one day representing his country on the wrestling mat. After moving to Palmer, Alaska and winning multiple state titles Andrew was injured in the summer of 2005 in an ATV accident while in route to his ...Read More
Denali National Park and Preserve is north of Anchorage and can be reached via car or Alaska Railroad. Established in 1917 as Mt. McKinley National Park, it is the home of the highest peak in North America, the crowning jewel and awe-inspiring 20,320 foot Mount McKinley.
The Denali National Park and Preserve was created on December 2, 1980 by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. At the same time, the 2,146,580 acre (8,687 km²) Denali Wilderness was established within the park. The national park is located near Denali State Park.
The size of the national park is over 6 million acres (24,500 km²), of which 4,724,735.16 acres (19,120 km²) are federally owned. The national preserve is 1,334,200 acres (543 km²), of which 1,304,132 acres (5,278 km²) are federally owned.
The Denali habitat is a mix of forest at the lowest elevations, including deciduous taiga. The preserve is also home to tundra at middle elevations, and glaciers, rock, and snow at the highest elevations.
Denali is well-known for its diversity of wildlife. There are 39 species of mammals, 167 species of birds, 10 species of fish, and one species of amphibian known in Denali. Not to be outdone, more than 650 species of flowering plants as well as many species of mosses, lichens, fungi, algae, and others grace the slopes and valleys of Denali.
Today, the park hosts more than 400,000 visitors who enjoy wildlife viewing, mountaineering, and backpacking. Wintertime recreation includes dog-sledding, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling where allowed.
For more information, visit the National Park Service website.