Denali National Park and Preserve Transitions to Winter, November 2009
Contact: Kris Fister, 907-683-9583
The Denali Park Road has closed for the winter at Mile 3 (Park Headquarters), as the construction activity at the new rest area east of the Savage River Campground has ended for the season. Recent storms have deposited new snow on the road beyond park headquarters, but snow cover is not currently adequate for winter recreational activities such as snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, mushing, or ski-joring. In anticipation of more snow, the winter trailhead has been established at the headquarters gate, and parking for visitors is available in the adjacent lot. Visitors are advised to call for updated conditions and weather information.
The Murie Science and Learning Center (MSLC) is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. to provide park information and backcountry permits. The park is a designated federal fee area and entrance fees are collected at the MSLC during the winter. The entrance fee is $10 per person or $20 per vehicle, and is good for seven days.
The Bear Loop of the Riley Creek Campground at Mile 0.2 is 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 MSLC. 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 temperatures have led to dramatic thawing of permafrost. Thaw releases carbon, as once-frozen materials decompose, but allows increased plant growth. Researchers in Denali are studying whether thawing permafrost will increase or decrease world-wide carbon emissions.