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Pick out the ptarmigan

Hint: There are seven ptarmigan in the rocks

Photo credit: Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve


National Park Service Turns 100

NPS 2016 Centennial

The National Park Service was established by Congress on this date in 1916. The NPS oversees 413 units, of which 59 are National Parks.

Alaska has eight, incredibly unique, National Parks:

Denali NP&P
Denali National Park & Preserve

Gates of the Arctic
Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve

Glacier Bay NP
Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

Katmai NP
Katmai National Park & Preserve

Kenai Fjords National Park
Kenai Fjords National Park

Great Kobuk Sand Dunes
Kobuk Valley National Park

Lake Clark NP&P
Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

Kennicott
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve

In addition, Alaska has one Wild River(Alagnak); one National Historic Area (Aleutian World War II); two National Historic Parks (Klondike Gold Rush, Sitka); two National Monuments (Aniakchak, Cape Krusenstern); three National Preserves (Bearing Land Bridge, Noatak, Yukon – Charley Rivers); plus the Inupiat Heritage Center in Barrow.

Find Your Park
Find Your Park!

All photos and logos come courtesy of your National Park Service


Great Basin .44-40

Winchester 1873

An extremely weathered Winchester 1873 rifle was found in Great Basin National Park by archeologists conducting surveys. The rifle was found leaning against a juniper tree with it’s stock partially buried in the dirt. How long it has been leaning against that juniper is impossible to know, but it’s safe to say it has been there for a very long time.

Lost 1873 Winchester

It’s not hard to imagine why it went undiscovered for so long, the unloaded Winchester looks like it is part of the juniper.

Great Basin '73 Closeup

According to the still visible serial number, this particular rifle was one of 25,000 Model 1873’s manufactured by Winchester in 1882. One could buy a ’73 back in 1882 for $25.

Photos courtesy of the National Park Service