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  • Road Open To: Mile 3 (Park Headquarters)

    The Park Road is currently open to Mile 3, Park Headquarters. Wintry conditions beyond that point prevent vehicle travel, though pedestrian travel is permitted. More »

Denali National Park and Preserve Transitions to Winter, October 2008

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Date: October 15, 2008
Contact: Kris Fister, 907-683-9583

The Denali Park Road has closed for the winter at Mile 3 (Park Headquarters). The winter trailhead has been established at the headquarters gate, and parking for visitors is available in the adjacent lot. There is snow and ice on the road beyond park headquarters, but snow cover is marginal for winter recreational activities such as snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, mushing or ski-joring at this time.

The Murie Science and Learning Center (MSLC) located at Mile 1.3 on the Park Road is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. as the winter visitor center. Park rangers are on hand to provide updated 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 Riley Creek Campground is open year-round, but has no utilities from mid-September until mid to late May. A vault toilet is provided for campers in the “Bear” loop that remains open, and water can be obtained at the MSLC. There is no fee for camping during the winter.

Gas, food service and lodging are available year-round in the communities of Healy and Cantwell.

For additional park information visit the park website at www.nps.gov/dena or call (907) 683-9532 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily.

Did You Know?

grizzly bear silhouetted against sky

Denali is home to both black bears and grizzly (brown) bears. Black bears inhabit the forested areas of the park, while grizzly bears mainly live on the open tundra. Almost all bears seen by visitors along the Park Road are grizzlies.