Denali National Park

The only way to do a day trip into Denali National Park is to ride a tour bus. We resigned ourselves to a non-birding day and enjoyed the mammals (Brown (Grizzly) Bear, Moose, Dall Sheep, Arctic Ground Squirrel, Pika) and the scenery. Gyrfalcon could have been a birding highlight, but a traditional nest site was not occupied this year.

Denali itself (aka Mt. McKinley) is often hidden in clouds but at the end of a long dusty bus ride we finally got a glimpse of it, at a distance of 30 miles. I think the actual peak is the white mountain just visible over the black mountain at the left.

Denali National Park was created to protect the Dall Sheep, and they seem to be doing quite well.

Grizzly Bear


From Denali, the next day we drove to Fairbanks to fly to Barrow. Originally we planned to fly the same day, but had to stay overnight because the airline canceled the flight. No non-bird photos from Fairbanks. Fairbanks was the warmest place on the entire trip, being close to 80F. We enjoyed an outdoor Alaskan Salmon Bake there.

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