September 30, 2010
Kris Fister, (907) 683-9583
The Denali Park Road will remain open to private vehicles as far as the Teklanika River Rest Area at Mile 30 through Friday, October 8, and possibly longer, depending on the weather and the schedule for a culvert replacement project. Visitors are advised to call ahead for weather and road information, as conditions can change rapidly at this time of the year.
The road will be closed to travel beyond Mile 5 when work begins to replace a large culvert at Mile 7. The construction schedule is being finalized, and work is expected to start between October 9-15. During construction, which is expected to take up to four weeks, that section of road will be impassable by vehicle. The road will be open to pedestrians and bicyclists, but they will need to walk around the culvert installation site and stay alert for trucks and other heavy equipment.
The headquarters flagpole parking lot is closed to all parking until late November. The site is under construction as part of the kennels road re-alignment project.
The Murie Science and Learning Center is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. to provide park information and backcountry permits. The Bear Loop of the Riley Creek Campground is open for camping, but has no running water. A vault toilet is provided for campers and water can be obtained at the Murie Science and Learning Center. Gas, food service and lodging are available in the communities of Healy and Cantwell.
Denali National Park and Preserve collects an entrance fee year-round. The entrance fee of $10 per person or $20 per vehicle is good for seven days. The majority of the money collected remains in the park to be used for projects to improve visitor services and facilities. Interagency Federal Recreation Passes such as the Annual, Senior, and Access Pass, and the Denali Annual Pass are also valid for entry into the park. Visitors can pay entrance fees at the Murie Science and Learning Center.
Information is available on the park website at www.nps.gov/dena or by calling (907) 683-2294 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily.