Northern Areas of Denali National Park and Preserve Closed to Snowmobile Use Due to Inadequate Snow Cover (2012)
Contact: Kris Fister, (907) 683-9583
Denali National Park and Preserve Superintendent Paul Anderson has determined that due to longer days and warming temperatures, 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. "The snow depth and structure of the snowpack are no longer adequate to protect vegetation and soils from damage by snowmachine use" stated Anderson.
Did You Know?
Recent climate warming has affected Denali in ways that are readily apparent, such as reduced spring snowfall, earlier snowmelt, earlier green-up and thawing of permanent snowfields. Subarctic ecosystems, like Denali, are extremely sensitive to climate variability and change.