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    Denali

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

North Side of Denali Closed to Snowmachining

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Date: April 25, 2011
Contact: Kris Fister, (907) 683-9583

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 Rest Area at Mile 30. The Murie Science and Learning Center at Mile 1.3 on the park road is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. for visitor information and backcountry permits.

Visitors can obtain information by calling (907) 683-2294 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily or on the web. Stay connected with "DenaliNPS" on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, and iTunes.

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