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Most Areas of Denali National Park and Preserve Closed to Snowmobile Use Due to Inadequate Snow Cover

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Date: May 6, 2020
Contact: G.W. Hitchcock, 907 683-9583

Denali National Park and Preserve management has determined there is no longer adequate snow cover for the use of snowmobiles for traditional activities in most areas of the 1980 additions to Denali National Park and Preserve (Denali).
Effective May 7, the Southwest Preserve to the North Fork of the Eldridge Glacier will be closed to snow mobile access. This decision is expected to coincide with a decision from Denali State Park to close access to snow mobiles.
Portions of the preserve north of the Alaska Range (Kantishna Hills and Northwest Preserve) were previously closed to snowmobile access on April 28.
Snow mobile access is still available from the North Fork of the Eldridge Glacier to Broad Pass. Snow cover south of the Alaska Range in this area is still adequate for the use of snowmobiles, but riders should anticipate a closure in this area soon, as snowpack is diminishing quickly.
Riders are reminded that all lands within the former Mount McKinley National Park on both the north and the south sides of the crest of the Alaska Range are closed to all snowmobile use by federal regulation.
Check out a map of open and closed areas and maps with GPS coordinates for the park and preserve boundary.
In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, all visitor centers are currently closed to the public. Park information is available online or by calling 907-683-9532, 9 4 p.m.

Last updated: May 6, 2020

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