Previous photo pair1976 - 2005: Boreal Mountains near Nenana River5/43Next photo pair
development photo pair
Photo Credits: Fred Dean (1976), Carl Roland (2005)
Ecoregion: Alaska Range Mountains
Change Type: Human development and impacts
Human development and impactsAnimation is available
This photo pair is an aerial view looking towards the Nenana River Canyon. These photos do not capture the entirety of the area, but show the large scar from the road cut ascending to hotels perched above the canyon. The development occurred not long after the completion of the George Parks Highway, connecting two of Alaska's major cities, Anchorage and Fairbanks. With increasing road traffic came increasing visitation to the park, and an increasing need for visitor services. Much of this development has occurred just outside the park boundaries, and is primarily concentrated in the dramatic Nenana River Canyon.