Denali National Park Historic Park or Site
Immerse yourself in the rich history of the Denali Park area. Originally established in 1917 as a designated wilderness to safeguard the Dall sheep population, this protected land has evolved into the world-renowned Denali National Park and Preserve. Explore the park’s fascinating past and visit its historic sites, where you can delve into the captivating events that have shaped this remarkable destination.
Historic Park or Site
Originally constructed by the Alaska Road Commission in 1924 – 1925, the Savage cabin and interpretive trails are now used as part of living history presentations in the summer months. During the winter the cabin become strictly utilitarian by providing shelter for patrols.
Harry Karstens was the first ranger of Denali National Park. He arrived in early summer 1921, and established his headquarters on the northwest bank of Riley Creek, an ideal spot for monitoring visitors using the trail leading into the park. In 1925, the headquarters moved to it’s current location at mile 3.4 of the Denali Park Road.