Denali or McKinley?

Many people visiting Alaska face the decision as to what to call its famous mountain. The choices are Denali meaning “the high one” in Athabascan or McKinley as it has been officially designated on maps since it was renamed after William McKinley, a one-time presidential nominee, by William Dickey who was a gold prospector. Some continue to call the mountain McKinley simply to differentiate it from the park which has been renamed to Denali National Park. Much information on the background and history to this can be found via a quick search but suffice to say I will refer to the mountain as Denali. It is worth noting that the national park is not there simply because of the mountain even though it is named after that which looms above it. We can possibly thank the Dall Sheep for its creation in the early 20th century. Again, there is plenty of information available on the web.