2010: Northern Areas of Denali National Park and Preserve Closed to Snowmobile Use Due to Inadequate Snow Cover
Contact: Kris Fister, 907 683-9583
Northern Areas of Denali National Park and Preserve Closed to Snowmobile Use Due to Inadequate Snow Cover
Due to longer days and warming temperatures, Denali National Park and Preserve Superintendent Paul Anderson has determined that 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 that are north of the Alaska Range. Those park lands that were open for snowmobile use are now closed for the season. Snow cover in the area is broken up with large areas of exposed vegetation, and the remaining areas of snow are shallow. “At this time the snow depth and structure of the snowpack are no longer adequate to protect vegetation and soils from damage by snowmachine use” stated Anderson.
The snow cover south of the Alaska Range is still adequate for the use of snowmobiles for traditional activities in the 1980 additions to Denali National Park and Preserve, but riders should anticipate a closure in this area soon. River corridors have open water and the snowpack is diminishing quickly.
Riders are reminded that all lands within the former Mount McKinley National Park on both the north and the south sides of the crest of the Alaska Range are closed to all snowmobile use by federal regulation. Maps with GPS coordinates for the park and preserve boundary are available on the park website at www.nps.gov/dena/parkmgmt/park-boundary-info.htm.
The Denali Park Road is currently open for travel by private vehicles to the Teklanika River Rest Area at Mile 30. The Murie Science and Learning Center at Mile 1.3 on the park road is open daily from
The Riley Creek Campground at Mile 0.2 is open for free camping until May 15, but water and sewer services are not yet available. A vault toilet is provided for campers in the loop that is kept open year-round, and water can be obtained at the Murie Science and Learning Center.
Visitors can obtain information by calling park headquarters at (907) 683-2294 from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. Trip planning information is also available on the park website at www.nps.gov/dena.
Did You Know?
Warmer temperatures have led to dramatic thawing of permafrost. Thaw releases carbon, as once-frozen materials decompose, but allows increased plant growth. Researchers in Denali are studying whether thawing permafrost will increase or decrease world-wide carbon emissions.