Happy 100th Birthday Denali!
Denali is celebrating its 100th birthday throughout 2017!
We invite you to join in the celebration as well as connect with and protect the unique cultural and natural heritage found within Denali National Park & Preserve.
All dates are 2017, unless indicated otherwise.
Spring Human Hundred Event - Ranger-Led Bike Rides: April 15 & 22
During the weekends of National Park Week, Denali Interpreters will lead family-friendly, interpretive bike rides on the Denali Park Road.
SummerFest: June 10
Centennial Summer kick-off event. A celebratory event that will feature musical performances, food, birthday cake, children's activities and more. Happy Birthday to Denali!
Denali Staff Reunion: September 1-3
If you've ever worked in Denali (park staff, inholders, bus drivers, and concessions staff), you're invited to join us for a reunion on Labor Day weekend.
Headquarters Cultural Landscape Kick-off: August
A ribbon cutting event to kick-off the new interpretative and cultural opportunities afforded by the updated park headquarters landscaping and historic cabin.
Denali’s 100th Anniversary Celebration in Talkeetna: Summer
A community celebration of Denali’s 100th Birthday in Talkeetna and the 20th Anniversary of the opening of the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station.
Road Lottery/Military Appreciation Day: September 15-19
An annual event, the 2017 Road Lottery and Military Appreciation Day will be a special time for participants to reflect on 100 years of Denali.
Head over to our event calendar to discover other events in the park, as well as community events outside of the park.
Denali's Birthday Logo
We invite everyone to help us celebrate by supporting our special events in 2017!
In honor of this historic milestone, Denali is unveiling a special birthday logo that highlights a century of preservation, protection and public use.
The logo’s design pays homage to Denali’s earliest beginnings when naturalist Charles Sheldon recognized the importance of protecting the Dall sheep and pushed for the creation of a park. Working with Harry Karstens, the man who would later become Denali’s first park superintendent, Sheldon first visited the area in 1906 and realized it “would make an ideal park and game preserve” because of its beauty and diversity of wildlife.
The new award-winning logo features one of the park’s iconic sheep atop a mountain range as well as variations of the same. It was created by the design studio of Mad Dog Graphx, which has offices in Anchorage and Seattle. The logo recently won a 2016 American Graphic Design Award and is being considered for inclusion in a book of other award winning graphic designs.
The logo is available in a variety of formats and usage must adhere to the standards manual approved by the park’s centennial committee.
Denali's Birthday Logo is a trademark of Denali National Park and Preserve. A standards guide has been created that includes technical specifications that must be followed when using the birthday logo. For questions, clarifications or additional information, email Denali's Birthday Coordinator.
Ongoing Ways to Celebrate
In addition to scheduled events listed above, there are several ways to celebrate Denali's 100th birthday. Whether you live near the park or far away, consider taking part in one of these ongoing activities!