Most Southern Portions of 1980 Park Additions to Denali National Park and Preserve Open to Snowmobiling for Traditional Activities
Contact: Kris Fister, (907) 683-9583
The Superintendent of Denali National Park and Preserve has determined that there is adequate snow cover for the use of snowmobiles for traditional activities in areas of the 1980 park additions that are south of the crest of the Alaska Range, except for the park lands between the Bull River and Windy Creek at the north end of Broad Pass near the town of Cantwell. These areas do not have adequate snow cover.
areas of the 1980 park additions north of the crest of the
Riders are reminded that all
lands within the former
Overall, riding conditions are
variable. It is the rider's responsibility to avoid locations where wind or
topographic conditions may have reduced snow depth and created situations where
damage to vegetation or soils could occur, or where vegetation is taller than
the protective snow cover.
Riding conditions are potentially very dangerous due to recent snowfall and high winds. There are many areas of thin ice or open water and avalanche hazard could be high due to wind crusts and layers in the snow pack. It is important to avoid steep slopes, narrow valleys, and ravines.
Winter weather in the
Riders are also reminded that federal regulations require that riders do not:
· Frighten or intentionally disturb wildlife.
· Operate a snowmobile that makes excessive noise.
· Operate a snowmobile without a lighted white headlamp and red tail lamp ½ hour before and after sunrise/sunset or when persons and vehicles are not clearly visible for 500 feet.
· Operate a snowmobile in excess of 45 miles per hour or racing.
Snowmobile operators must be at
least 16 years of age unless accompanied and supervised by a responsible person
21 years of age or older. The supervising rider must keep the other rider in
sight and may not supervise more than one person at a time.
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.