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Denali National Park

Denali National Park and Preserve is located in the interior of Alaska. It covers 9,492 square miles. It is named for the highest mountain in North America, Denali. Denali was formerly named Mount McKinley. The mountain was originally named after President William McKinley in 1897. However, this name is primarily used outside of Alaska. The word Denali means “High One” in a native Alaskan language. Mount McKinley National Park was established on February 26, 1917. However, only a portion of Mount McKinley - not even the summit - was included in the original park. Denali National Monument was created on December 1, 1978. The two were combined into Denali National Park and Preserve on December 2, 1980.

Arches National Park

In 1929, President Herbert C. Hoover set aside Arches as a National Monument. Arches remained a National Monument until September 1969, when President Richard M. Nixon signed a bill making it a National Park.

In the early 1920’s Alexander Ringhoffer, a prospector in southeastern Utah, traveled through the Klondike Bluffs on the Western edge of Salt Valley. He thought such wonders should be seen by many and suggested that representatives of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad visit the area. The railroad men, particularly Frank Wadleigh, the D&RGW’s passenger traffic manager, were so impressed that they contacted Stephen T. Mather, the first director of the National Park Service. Mather was intrigued and pushed for the creation of a national monument. Finally in 1929, President Herbert C. Hoover set aside Arches as a National Monument. Through the years the monument’s size was modified by succeeding presidents: enlarged by Franklin Roosevelt, diminished a bit by Dwight Eisenhower, then doubled by Lyndon Johnson. At last, President Richard Nixon signed into law in 1971, an act establishing Arches as a national park.

National Park

Arches National Park is in eastern Utah and is well-known for preserving over 2,000 natural sandstone arches. It covers 67,679 acres. Arches was originally declared a National Monument in 1929 but was re-classified as a National Park on November 12, 1971. The park is located just north of Moab, Utah. It ranges in elevation from 4,085 feet at the visitor center to 5,635 feet at Elephant Butte. The park is best known for Delicate Arch.