Current Conditions (Fixed)

Quick Look at Conditions

  • Weather
    Head over to NOAA.gov for the
    current weather forecast. Please note that the forecast area is really large, and the mountains here make the weather very changeable. Learn more about Denali's general climate and weather trends.

    September 13, 2016 update: Fall colors around the park entrance area are at their peak. There are very few red or orange colors this year, just wide swathes of yellow foliage. Alpine areas are past their peak of fall color.
  • Mosquitoes
    Less predictable than the weather, but generally mosquitoes are a nuisance from late May through early August in most of the park. Hikers and campers should consider bringing bug spray / repellant, or at least having long sleeves and pants to cover most exposed skin.
  • Roads
    There is only one road in Denali, called the Denali Park Road. Part of it is open to private vehicles year-round, while in summer most of it is open only to various kinds of buses. The map below indicates how far private vehicles may drive (green section) and how far bus service is traveling (gold section). In summer, the farthest a person can drive in their own vehicle is to Savage River, about 15 miles inside the park, barring any unusually bad weather or wildlife-related closures.
  • Campgrounds
    Open campgrounds are shown on the map below with a green camping icon and closed campgrounds are red. Click on a given campground to learn more about it.

 

End of Season Dates

Summer is the busy season in Denali, and it is wrapping up. A few key dates to know about the end of the main season in Denali:

  • September 14 - Tent-only campgrounds close
    This is the final night to stay at Wonder Lake, Igloo Creek or Sanctuary River Campgrounds. Campers must leave the campground by 11 am on September 15.
  • September 15 - Most bus services end
    This is the final day to ride a shuttle bus in the park. It is also the final day for long narrated tours, although shorter tours (the Natural History Tour and an abridged version of the Tundra Wilderness Tour, going 30 miles instead of 52), will still operate for another week or so.
  • September 16 - 20 - The Denali Road Lottery and Military Appreciation Day
    During this time, people who didn't win a spot in the Denali Road Lottery can still drive 15 miles into the park, to Savage River. Travel beyond there is limited to the shorter tours (described above) and the winners of road permits through the lottery system.
  • September 19 - Teklanika River Campground closes.
    This is the final night to stay at this campgrounds. Campers must leave the campground by 11 am on September 20.
  • September 20 - Savage River Campground closes
    This is the final night to stay at this campground. Campers must leave the campground by 11 am on September 21.
  • September 21 - The Denali Visitor Center closes
    This is the final day that the Denali Visitor Center is open (8 am - 6 pm). When it closes on this night, it stays closed until May 15, 2017. The Murie Science and Learning Center becomes the park's main visitor center at this point.
  • TBD - Denali Park Road closes at Mile 3 and the fall season ends
    After the Denali Road Lottery and Military Appreciation Day, any visitor may drive 30 miles into the park, day or night. This is the case until snow or ice accumulate on the road, at which point the NPS only plows the first 3 miles, to Park Headquarters. In some years, this occurs during or even before Road Lottery (which can effectively cancel the lottery); in other years, the road remains open until mid-October.
 
 

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Additional Road Construction Information

On occasion, night-time closures of the road are needed to fix culverts, resurface degraded areas or otherwise rehab the Denali Park Road. Most park visitors will be unaffected by this information. Work at "night" can still impact regular bus operations or visitors coming at particularly late or early hours, however.

Below are part of the "Public Traffic Construction Requirements" given to road contractors. These are particular to a 2016 project involving road construction on the first 15 miles of the park road and describe the kinds of delays a contractor is allowed to cause.

These contractors are not NPS staff, but they must abide by the following conditions:

Accommodating Traffic During Work

  • Allow emergency traffic to pass through the project without delay
  • Work hours are from 8 pm - 8 am. Limit construction-caused delays on the Denali Park Road as follows:
    • 8 pm - 10 pm: A maximum of 5 minutes per passage each way through the project area, with a maximum cumulative 10 minute cumulative delay each way.
    • 10 pm - 11 pm, 12:30 am - 2 am and 3:30 am - 6 am: A maximum of 15 minutes per passage each way through the project area with a maximum of 30 minute cumulative delay each way.
    • 6 am - 8 am: A maximum of 5 minutes per passage each way through the project area with a maximum of 10 minute cumulative delay each way.
    • A cumulative delay is the total delay caused each way through the length of the entire project by construction-related activities
  • Road closures are allowed 11 pm - 12:30 am and from 2 am - 3:30 am.
    • 12:30 am - 12:45 am the road remains open until the next 15-minute delay commences
    • 3:30 am - 3:45 am the road remains open until the next 15-minute delay commences
  • Hauling and stockpiling operations may occur from 8 am - 8 pm along the Denali Park Road. Limit delays conforming to the following:
    • Only one traffic controlled section of road is allowed with a maximum delay of 5 minutes at any time.
    • Store and stockpile materials according to subsection 105.04 (not reproduced here)
  • Accommodate delivery and oversize vehicles at night during open road periods from 10 pm - 11 pm and from 12:30 pm - 2 am, limit construction-caused delays to a maximum of 15 minutes per passage through the project.
  • Reopen Denali Park Road to two-lane traffic by 8 am unless approved by the contracting officer.

Last updated: September 14, 2018

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 9
Denali Park, AK 99755

Phone:

(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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