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Denali Park Road opens to Teklanika Friday, September 16, 2022

A gently curving, paved, two-lane road winds between golden yellow aspens and willows, interspersed by occasional green spruce trees. A mountainside in the distance is covered in yellow fall color as well.
Fall color this week in the front country.

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News Release Date: September 15, 2022

Contact: Sharon Stiteler, 907-683-9583

Denali National Park and Preserve will officially open the Park Road to private vehicle traffic to mile 30, the Teklanika Rest Area, on September 16, 2022. The road will remain open, weather permitting until snow or ice close the road at park headquarters (mile 3.4) to vehicles for the winter.

Limited restroom facilities are available for visitor use at the Teklanika Rest Area (mile 30), the parking area on the east side of the Savage River (mile 15), and at the Mountain Vista Trailhead. Other park facilities west of headquarters, including the campgrounds, remain closed.

Beginning Sunday, September 18, the Bear Loop of Riley Creek Campground will be open and free of charge on a first-come, first served basis. No water will be available and visitors should plan to pack out their own trash. A minimum of five sites will remain open over winter.

Weather conditions can change rapidly at this time of year, and the road may open and close with short notice. Visitors are encouraged to contact the park or use the National Park Service app for updated road and weather information.

Visitors should expect to encounter snow, ice, and mud on some portions of the road, particularly in shaded sections. Motorists are advised to be alert for wildlife as well as National Park Service personnel and heavy equipment on the road.

Last updated: September 16, 2022

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