Just in Time for the Weekend! Denali Park Road Now Open to Mountain Vista

a man wearing snowshoes reads a sign in a snowy forest
Skiing and snowshoeing at Mountain Vista is great fun on a sunny day

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News Release Date: February 16, 2017

Contact: Katherine Belcher, (907) 683-9583

The Denali Park Road is now open as far as the Mountain Vista Rest Area (milepost 13) for travel by private vehicles and commercial vehicles with permits. Visitors should expect to encounter snow and ice on shaded sections of the park road.
Mid-winter offers enjoyable conditions for visiting the park, as there is good snow coverage for winter recreational activities, coupled with longer days. The Mountain Vista Rest Area is an ideal location for viewing Denali, and for heading further out into the park via snowshoes, skis, or dog sleds. The rest area has vault toilets and picnic shelters, but other amenities, including additional picnic tables, may be under snow. Park facilities further west, including the Savage River Campground, remain closed until later in the spring.  
Travel beyond park headquarters (milepost 3) will be weather dependent, as plowing the road further west will be a lower priority during and after a snowstorm. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead for updated road and weather information. The National Park Service expects to open the road to the Savage River (milepost 15) in early to mid-April.

Last updated: February 16, 2017

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 9
Denali Park, AK 99755


(907) 683-9532
A ranger is available 9 am—4 pm daily (except on major holidays). If you get to the voicemail, please leave a message and we'll call you back as soon as we finish with the previous caller.

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