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    Denali

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  • Road Open to: Mile 15 (Savage River)

    The Denali Park Road is open to Mile 15, Savage River. Conditions beyond this point prevent vehicle travel, though pedestrian travel is permitted. More »

Spring Road Opening

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Aufeis is one of the major challenges during Spring Road Opening
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Spring Road Opening (SRO) Update for: April 17, 2014

Road Open To: Mile 15, Savage River Bridge

Current Plow Crew Locations: Crews ended their shift on April 15 at Mile 61.5, just shy of the Stony Hill overlook. Snow drifts, while smaller than in years past, were still present in their normal locations and take a bit of care when removing because of the ice lens beneath, to avoid damaging the road. Crews will push to Thorofare Pass today.

Steam Crew Locations: Crews worked at miles 4, 5, 7, 21, 34, and 41.5

Snow Depths: 3' on the road to 16' drifts.

Aufeis Depths: Ice lens on 60% + of the road surface deep in the park


Current Weather Forecast

Equipment Status: All up and running. We will be taking the rotary snow blower out to Igloo Forest today.

Notes/Observations/Comments: Crews are now spending the night at Toklat for the duration of their hitch. A special thanks to B&U for getting the water up and running so quickly. As the weather continues to warm and the road has a chance to dry out we will let you know. It is likely the road will be ready for public traffic to Teklanika by tomorrow (4/18).

Wildlife Sightings: 13 caribou at Mile 22 on April 15; three Dall sheep on Polychrome, and a wolverine was spotted at Mile 48 on April 16.

Check out the photo galleries below for images of past and present Spring Road Openings; we also post photos on our Facebook page

 

Did You Know?

an arctic ground squirrel on its hind legs

Nearly 500 vegetation plots have been installed in Denali, to monitor climate change. Warmer temperatures allow woody plants to grow at higher elevations, invading the fragile and unique plants already in high alpine tundra - and threatening the animals that depend on those specialized plants.