Denali National Park’s Denali Park Road Set To Open
The following is courtesy of Denali National Park:
Denali Park, AK – Effective Wednesday, February 15, the superintendent has authorized opening the Denali Park Road (the Park Road) to the Mountain Vista Rest Area (mile marker 12) for travel by private vehicles and commercial vehicles with permits. This opening occurs routinely each season, as weather permits. Visitors should expect to encounter snow and ice on shaded sections of the Park Road and are encouraged to check the weather before arriving at the park and to come fully prepared for changes to access on short notice.
Mid-winter offers enjoyable conditions for visiting the park, as there is good snow coverage for winter recreational activities, coupled with longer days. The Mountain Vista Rest Area is an ideal location for viewing Denali, as well as heading out further into the park via snowshoes, skis, or dog sleds (musher blocks are located just past the Mountain Vista Rest Area, near the road gate). The area has vault toilets and picnic shelters, but other amenities – including additional picnic tables – may be under snow. Park facilities further west, including the Savage River Campground, remain closed until later in the spring.
Travel beyond park headquarters (mile 3) will be weather dependent, as plowing the road further west will be a lower priority during and after a snowstorm. Visitors are encouraged to call the park information line at (907)683-9532 for updated road and weather information. The National Park Service expects to open the road to the Savage River (mile 15) in April.
The Murie Science and Learning Center, which serves as the Winter Visitor Center, is open daily from 9:30 am to 5 pm for information and backcountry permits. The Bear Loop of the Riley Creek Campground is open for free camping on a first-come basis. A vault toilet is provided, and campers can obtain water at the Murie Science and Learning Center. The Denali kennels are open to the public Saturdays and Sundays, from 1 pm – 4 pm.
Park information is available on the web at www.nps.gov/dena or by calling (907) 683-9532. Stay connected with “DenaliNPS” on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, andFlickr.