Denali National Park
Volcanoes National Park
• Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was established in
1916. The Islands are around 70 million years old. With
the summit of Mauna Loa at 13,677ft above sea level.
• Denali National Park was originally established as Mt.
McKinley National Park Feb. 26, 1917. In 1976 the park
was designated an international biosphere reserve.
• Mauna Loa has the title of the most massive mountain
on the planet. If measured from its base on the sea floor
to its summit it rises up 30,000 ft. 1,000 feet higher than
• Mount McKinley is the highest mountain on the North
American continent. With it’s highest peak at 20,320 ft.
This size comparison shows how massive Mauna Loa
really is, in the picture it’s compared with Mt. Rainier
who measures 14,410 ft tall.
• Denali is home to
over 430 species of
flowering plants all of
which must be
adapted to live in
winters. Also many
lichens and moss
• Volcanoes National park
covers 333,000 acres
from the ocean to
Mauna Loa’s summit.
• Denali National park
covers far more land
than volcanoes park,
Denali covers over
6,075,030 acres of land!
• Mauna Loa is of course a volcano and was
created by lava from the Earth piling up
over about 70 million years.
• Mt. McKinley and the Alaska Range is a result of
the Denali Fault which is North America’s largest
crustal break. It created McKinley and the
Alaska Range over 65 million years ago from the
tectonic plates colliding.
• Volcanoes park has over 150 miles of
hiking trails giving great views of Mauna
Loa and Kilauea.
• Denali has about 20 miles of “strolling”
trails which are relatively easy walks only
about on average 2 miles long. But has
unlimited hiking in the back country.
• To hike in the back country of Denali you
must have bear resistant food containers,
15 minute USGS topographic maps not
only to keep from getting lost but it’s your
responsibility to know where all of the
protected areas are and to stay out of