Non-Unified Home Rule Borough
- Area Type
- Current Population
- Population Comment
- 2013 DCCED Certified Estimate
- Pronunciation/Other Names
- (Duh nal' ee)
- Community's Judicial District
- Census Designated Place (CDP)
- Borough/Census Area FIPS Code
Geography and Climate
- Denali Borough lies in Interior Alaska, between the Fairbanks North Star and Mat-Su Boroughs. It lies about 110 miles south of Fairbanks on the Parks Highway. 70% of the borough is the Denali National Park, home to Mount McKinley, the highest mountain in North America, at 20,320'.
- The borough experiences a cold, continental climate. Temperatures range from -3 to 70 °F. The average annual precipitation is 12.7 inches, and average annual snowfall is 49.3 inches.
- Community Map Available
- Sq Mi Land
- Sq Mi Water
History and Culture
- The earliest inhabitants were nomadic Amerindians who fished, trapped, and hunted through the Interior. The first non-Native settlers were miners, who established a camp at Hoseanna Creek near Healy (later known as Lignite Creek) prior to 1902. Formation of the Denali National Park in 1917 and construction of the Alaska Railroad brought additional settlers to the area in the early 1920s. Coal mining began in the area in 1922. Clear Air Force Base, the Usibelli Coal Mine, and tourism at the Denali Park have brought growth and development. The borough was incorporated in December 1990.
- Nearly all residents live along the Parks Highway.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- Municipal Facilities & Utilities
- Schools, Landfill, Solid Waste Station
- The George Parks Highway provides access to Anchorage and Fairbanks year-round. The Denali Highway is open only during the summer, from Cantwell to Paxson, to provide a shorter route to the Alaska Highway. The Alaska Railroad also serves Interior Alaska. There are several airstrips within the borough. Tours by bus, aircraft, and helicopter operate during summer months. As of Spring 2014, several road enhancement projects were in progress to widen the road, create passing lanes, and add intersections. This project was intended to enchance public safety and support construction of natural gas pipeline by improving the road.
- State Ferry
- Cargo Barge
- Road Connection