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Contact: Maureen McLaughlin, (907) 733-9103
Recent storms have brought additional snow to the park, and the Superintendent has determined that there is now adequate snow cover for the use of snowmobiles for traditional activities in all of the 1980 additions to Denali National Park and Preserve. The open areas include the park and preserve additions north and south of the crest of the Alaska Range.
Riders are reminded that all lands within the former
Overall, riding conditions are variable, and in spite of recent storms, snow depths are less than normal. It is the rider's responsibility to avoid locations where wind or topographic conditions may have reduced snow depth and created situations where damage to vegetation or soils could occur, or where vegetation is taller than the protective snow cover.
Avalanche hazard could be high due to wind crusts and layers in the snow pack. It is important to avoid steep slopes, narrow valleys, and ravines.
Winter weather in the
Riders are also reminded that federal regulations require that riders do not:
· Frighten or intentionally disturb wildlife.
· Operate a snowmobile that makes excessive noise.
· Operate a snowmobile without a lighted white headlamp and red tail lamp ½ hour before and after sunrise/sunset or when persons and vehicles are not clearly visible for 500 feet.
· Operate a snowmobile in excess of 45 miles per hour or racing.
Snowmobile operators must be at least 16 years of age unless accompanied and supervised by a responsible person 21 years of age or older. The supervising rider must keep the other rider in sight and may not supervise more than one person at a time.
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