The name was given due to the multi hued bluffs close by. We could not really see the color variations with the ribbons of snow. There is also an excellent panorama of the Alaska range.
This was a rest stop with very short trails and great views. At mile marker 47.
Once called Copper Mountain for the mining that occurred here, Mt Eielson and its vicinity provide a breathtaking range of Denali's features. Mt Eielson itself is furrowed with billows of snow that almost run down to the small cabins still standing at its foot. In the same general view are several glaciers and other peaks of the Alaska Range, all with similar but unique characteristics. Between the visitor center and the distant range is the Thorofare River valley, but at the foot of the range are several canyons carved by tiny glacial streams all running out of the various glaciers to join the Thorofare.
Polychrome Mountain represents one of many areas where the park road rises well above the surroundings below, and overwhelmingly provides a true perspective of the vastness of Denali Park. Polychrome Mountain itself is extremely colorful and thus is well-named. Lying east-west between the drainages of the Toklat and East Toklat Rivers, the mountain and its environs are perfect habitats for the park's Dall sheep, the only wild sheep native to Alaska.
If you don't take a shuttle bus into Denali, then you will miss out on a lot. Not only do you have an incredible chance to see wildlife, but the landscapes of this park are astounding!
The bus makes frequent stops for wildlife viewing and also stops about every hour at pre-determined points for passengers to use the facilities. Restrooms here use a waterless system and sanitizer lotion is provided.
Polychrome Pass is one of the scheduled stops on the way into the park. Here is a good place to look for marmots, pica, and Dall sheep. The pass is so named for the multitude of colors in the rock.
The park is located within the beautiful mountains of the Alaskan Range, including Mount Mckinley which is the highest mountain in North America. Unfortunately, I did not get to see it due to constant cloud cover. In fact, only about 25% of the time is the mountain visible so you must be very lucky in order to see it.
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