May 22, 2015
Denali National Park and Preserve Staff Request Public to Use Extreme Caution This Holiday Weekend
Very high fire danger exists in Denali National Park and Preserve due to a lack of recent precipitation, high winds and hot, dry weather. Park officials urge visitors to be especially careful with anything that may cause a spark this Memorial Day weekend.
May 21, 2015
2015 Denali Road Lottery Entry Period Open Through May 31
The National Park Service is reminding procrastinators that the entry period for the 2015 Denali road lottery, which takes place (weather permitting) on September 17, 18, 20, and 21 (Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Monday), is open through Saturday, May 31, 2015.
May 14, 2015
Deceased Solo Climber Found at High Camp on Denali
The body of an Argentinian solo climber was discovered at the 17,200-foot high camp of Mount McKinley just before midnight on Sunday, May 10. Heraldo Javier Callupan, age 39 of General Roca, Argentina appears to have died of unknown medical issues.
May 12, 2015
Climbers Rescued Following Avalanche on Mount Dickey
Two climbers from Idaho were rescued from 7,500 feet on Mount Dickey after triggering a slab avalanche the evening of Monday, May 11.
May 06, 2015
Spring is Here: All Areas Closed to Snowmachines, Temporary ORV Trail Closures in Cantwell
Denali National Park and Preserve Superintendent Don Striker has determined that due to the deterioration of the snowpack, there is no longer adequate snow cover for the use of snowmobiles for traditional activities in the 1980 additions to Denali National Park and Preserve on both sides of the Alaska Range. All park lands that were open for snowmobile use are now closed for the season. Even in areas such as Broad Pass and near Cantwell, the warmer temperatures and long days have reduced snow depths to a level that is no longer adequate to protect vegetation and soils from damage by snowmachine use.
May 04, 2015
Application Period Open for 2016 Artist-in-Residence Program
Denali National Park and Preserve is seeking applications for the 2016 Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program, which provides the opportunity for professional visual artists, writers and composers to use an historic roadside cabin as a base to explore the park and seek inspiration from it. Works created by previous artists-in-residence are displayed in the park’s visitor centers, the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station, and the Public Lands Information Centers in Anchorage and Fairbanks.
May 04, 2015
Visitor Facilities and Services at Denali Opening for 2015 Summer Season
Lengthening days, milder overnight temperatures, sightings of migrant bird species, and the arrival of summer employees are all signs that the seasonal facilities and services that enhance the park experience for Denali National Park and Preserve visitors will open soon.
May 01, 2015
The New "Denali With Kids" Guide is Now Available
Planning a trip to Denali that will be fun for the whole family can be daunting. To assist anyone coming to the park with children, we have produced a new guidebook to help families plan and enjoy their visit to the park. Available for free online, "Denali with Kids" is for parents and guardians who want to create a vacation that appeals to all ages.
April 24, 2015
Denali Visitors Provide Economic Benefits to Alaska and Local Area Economies
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that the over 530,000 visitors who came to Denali National Park and Preserve in 2014 spent $5.24 million in communities near the park. That spending supported almost 7,000 jobs in the local area, which includes the 300+ employees of the park’s largest concessioner, and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $7.48 million.
April 20, 2015
NPS Adjusts 2015 Denali Road Lottery Dates to Host Military Appreciation Day
The 2015 annual road lottery in Denali National Park and Preserve will take place on September 17, 18, 20, and 21 (Thursday, Friday, Sunday, Monday), weather permitting. The park's annual Military Appreciation Day for service members and their families stationed in Alaska has been scheduled for Saturday, September 19 this year.
April 16, 2015
"Find Your Park" in Denali During National Park Week 2015!
“Find Your Park” is the theme for this year’s celebration of National Park Week, which is taking place April 18–26. It is a celebration of the upcoming centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 and sets the stage for the agency’s second century of service.
April 16, 2015
Denali Park Road Opening to Mile 30 on Saturday, April 18
Continued mild weather has aided the park’s spring road opening crew in providing access further into the park for park visitors. The park road will open for travel to Mile 30, the Teklanika Rest Area, by 10:00 am on Saturday, April 18, weathr permitting.
April 10, 2015
Denali Seeks Bids on Major Visitor Services Contract
The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking bids on a 10-year concession contract to provide transportation and other major visitor services in Denali National Park and Preserve. The proposed contract will have a term of January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2025.
April 09, 2015
National Park Service Issues FONSI for Improvements to Gorge Creek Trail
The National Park Service (NPS) announces the availability of the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Gorge Creek Environmental Assessment. The NPS chose the action alternative to improve and reroute sections or the Gorge Creek Trail, which is located south of the Eielson Visitor Center (EVC) at Mile 66 on the Denali Park Road.
March 31, 2015
Denali Park Road Now Open to Savage River
The Denali Park Road is now open as far as the Savage River (Mile 15). The longer days and milder temperatures of early spring provide enjoyable conditions for visiting the park.
March 23, 2015
Denali Park Begins Spring Road Opening
The National Park Service spring road opening crew has begun the annual operations to clear and prepare the Denali Park Road for vehicle access. They expect to encounter less than usual amounts of snow and more overflow ice, due to the lack of insulating snow cover. The remote weather stations at Toklat and Kantishna are reporting approximately 3 and 24 inches of snow, respectively.
March 17, 2015
NPS in Alaska Issues Superintendent’s Compendiums
The National Park Service (NPS) has issued the annual Superintendent’s Compendiums for 2015, a collection of documents that will become effective on April 1.
February 10, 2015
2015 Teacher Scholarships Available for Summer Courses in Denali
The Murie Science and Learning Center , with the support of Alaska Geographic, is awarding scholarships to teachers for accredited courses taking place in Denali National Park and Preserve. These field-based courses are small group intensives that expose teachers to science, research, and educational opportunities using Denali as their classroom. Courses are three to five days in length. Professional development credit is made available through the University of Alaska. For additional information and to apply, please visit the Alaska Geographic website. The application deadline is February 27, 2015.
January 22, 2015
2015 Artists in Residence
Four artists and three writers will visit Denali National Park and Preserve in 2015 through its Artist-in-Residence program. This year’s group includes the program's first fine arts photographer, and first outdoor participatory artist. Three of the residents will visit in February and March as part of a winter program. Four others will take part in the traditional summer program that takes place between June and September.
January 15, 2015
Public Hearings and Comment Period for Compendiums, Including Temporary Wildlife Hunting Restrictions
National Park Service compendiums for Alaska will be open for a 30-day public comment period. A compendium – one for each NPS area in Alaska -- is a compilation of all designations, closures and restrictions adopted under the discretionary authority within the regulations covering national parks. This regulatory tool helps manage Alaska's national park areas for the public’s enjoyment, use and protection.
January 05, 2015
Applications Open for 2015 MSLC Research Fellowships
The National Park Service and the Murie Science and Learning Center (MSLC) are seeking applicants for two research fellowships that are available to individuals wishing to conduct research in Denali National Park and Preserve and other arctic and subarctic Alaska national parks.
December 01, 2014
Prospectus Available for Mountain Guiding
The National Park Service (NPS) intends to award up to six concession contracts for providing mountaineering guide services to the public within Denali National Park and Preserve. The proposed contracts will have a term of January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2025.
November 25, 2014
2015 Bus & Campground Reservations Open December 1, 2014
Doyon/ARAMARK Joint Venture, the transportation concessioner for Denali National Park and Preserve, will begin accepting advance reservations for the 2015 visitor season for shuttle buses and the park’s four largest campgrounds on Monday, December 1, 2014. Reservations are available by phone, on-line or mail.
August 28, 2014
Utility Replacement Project Underway at Denali Park Headquarters
Work has begun on a major project to replace and upgrade the underground utility systems at Denali National Park and Preserve headquarters. Construction crews and heavy equipment are operating in the area, and visitors and park employees are advised to heed warning signs/barricades and be alert for construction personnel and equipment.
May 27, 2014
Kim Heacox to Speak About New John Muir Biography
Writer, photographer, and activist Kim Heacox will speak about his newest book, “John Muir and the Ice That Started a Fire: How a Visionary and the Glaciers of Alaska Changed America” on Tuesday, June 3 at 7:00 pm at the Denali Visitor Center.
March 18, 2014
Denali Winter Artists-in-Residence Arrive
The National Park Service has expanded the Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program to include winter residencies on an ongoing basis, and the first two participants in this winter’s program will begin their residencies this week.