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Contact: Kris Fister, 907-683-9583
DENALI PARK, Alaska: The busy summer season has ended at Denali National Park and Preserve, and visitors can now drive private vehicles on the Denali Park Road as far as the Teklanika Rest Area at Mile 30, conditions permitting.As the weather can change rapidly at this time of the year, visitors are
advised to call ahead for current road status.
OnWednesday, September 17 the Murie Science and Learning Center (MSLC) will begin functioning as the winter visitor center, with daily hours of 9:00 am –4:30 pm (except Christmas and New Year's Day). Rangers are on hand to provide park information and backcountry permits.
Vault toilets are available at the Mountain Vista Trailhead (Mile 12), Savage River parking area (Mile 15) and the
Teklanika Rest Area. Other park facilities west of headquarters, including campgrounds and restrooms, are closed for the season.The Bear Loop of the Riley Creek Campground is open for free camping, but the water has been turned off for the season. A vault
toilet is provided and campers can obtain water at the MSLC. Gas, food service and lodging are available in
the communities of Cantwell and Healy.
The Denali National Park and Preserve entrance fee of $10 per person (for visitors age 16 and older) is good
for seven days. Visitors can pay the entrance fee at the MSLC. The majority of the money collected remains in the park to be used for projects to improve
visitor services and facilities. The Denali Annual Pass and Interagency Federal Recreation Passes such as the Annual, Senior, Access, and U.S. Military Pass are also valid for entry into the park and can be purchased at the MSLC.
Additional park information is available on the web at www.nps.gov/dena or by calling 907-683-9532 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily. Stay
connected with "DenaliNPS" on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, and iTunes –links to these social media sites are available at www.nps.gov/dena/connect.htm.