North Side of Denali Closed to Snowmachining
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.
Did You Know?
Cold temperatures limit trees from growing at high elevation in Denali. Warmer temperatures, however, have led to woody vegetation growing at ever-higher elevations. Treeline changes are a conspicuous sign of climate change.