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Winter in Denali National Park. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 3/7/15.

The Iditarod National Historic Trail commemorates a 2,300-mile system of winter trails that first connected ancient Alaska Native villages, opened up Alaska for the last great American gold rush and now plays a vital role for travel and recreation in modern day Alaska. Today marks the start of the annual Iditarod race — which is a tribute to Alaska’s history and the role the sled dogs played. Pictured here is park ranger on a dog sled patrolling across Wonder Lake at Denali National Park. While the Iditarod Trail doesn’t go through the park, Denali’s sled dogs play an important role in the history of Alaska’s first national park and help protect the park today. Photo by Jacob W. Frank. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 3/7/15.

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