Denali Park Road Open to Mile 30 as of Sept 19, 2007
Contact: Kris Fister, 907-683-9583
Summer has transitioned into fall in interior Alaska, and Denali National Park and Preserve has also transitioned into its quieter season. The buses are done operating for the yeare, and the Denali Park Road is now open for travel by private vehicles to the Teklanika 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).
Construction and repair work on the park road will continue as long as conditions allow. There is currently a detour at Mile 21 due to culvert replacement, and visitors should be alert for heavy truck traffic due to road construction in Igloo Canyon. Visitors are advised to call ahead for updated information, as weather and road conditions change rapidly at this time of the year.
Vault toilets are available at the Savage River parking area and at Primrose Ridge. Portable toilets are also available at the Teklanika River Rest Stop. Other park facilities west of headquarters, such as campgrounds and restrooms, are closed for the season.
The Denali Visitor Center will close for the season on Wednesday, September 19 at 5:00 p.m., but the Murie Science and Learning Center located at Mile 1.3 on the park road will function as the winter visitor center beginning on Thursday, September 20. National Park Service staff are available from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily to provide park information and issue wilderness permits.
The Bear Loop of the Riley Creek Campground at Mile 0.2 is kept open for the winter, 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.
Park 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?
The vast landscapes of interior Alaska are changing. Large glaciers are receding, permafrost is melting and woody plants are spreading. Comparison of "then-and-now" photographs and data from major vegetation monitoring should allow detection, understanding and potential management of these changes.