Denali Park Road Open to Mile 30 September 16th, 2008
Contact: Kris Fister, 907-683-9583
Summer has transitioned into fall at Denali National Park and Preserve, and the change in seasons provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience the park. The Denali Park Road is now open for travel by private vehicles to the Teklanika River Rest Stop at Mile 30, weather permitting. The road will remain open to the rest stop until snow closes it for the season at park headquarters (Mile 3). Visitors are advised to call ahead for weather and road information, as conditions can change rapidly at this time of the year.
The Denali Visitor Center will close for the season on Tuesday, September 16 at 6:00 p.m. The Murie Science and Learning Center will begin functioning as the winter visitor center on Wednesday, September 17. The Center will be open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Backcountry Information Center will be open through Sunday, September 21 to provide wilderness permits for backcountry users. That function will shift to the Murie Science and Learning Center effective Monday, September 22.
Vault toilets are available at the Savage River parking area (Mile 15) and at Primrose Ridge (Mile 17). Portable toilets are located at the Teklanika River Rest Stop. Other park facilities west of headquarters, such as campgrounds and restrooms, are closed for the season.
The Bear Loop of the Riley Creek Campground at Mile 0.2 will remain open for camping, but the water has been turned off for the season. 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 year-round in the communities of Healy and Cantwell.
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.
Did You Know?
Warmer average temperatures over several decades have resulted in expansion of woody vegetation. If this warming trend continues, it will change Alaska's ecosystems and drastically alter the physical appearance of Denali's landscape, as treeline marches higher up the mountains.