• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 24s

Denali Park Road partially open to drivers

By KTVA CBS 11 News 4:25 PM February 18, 2014

Visitors should expect to encounter snow and ice on shaded sections of the park road

Issued by the National Park Service:

DENALI PARK – The National Park Service has opened the Denali Park Road as far as the Mountain Vista Rest Area (Mile 12) for travel by private vehicles and commercial vehicles with permits.

Visitors should expect to encounter snow and ice on shaded sections of the park road.

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 Mt. McKinley, and for heading further out into the park via snowshoes, skis, or dog sleds.  The rest 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) may open and close, as plowing the road further west will be a lower priority during and after a snowstorm. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead for updated road and weather information. The National Park Service expects to open the road to the Savage River (Mile 15) in early April.

The Murie Science and Learning Center (MSLC) at Mile 1.3 is open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm for visitor information and backcountry permits. The Bear Loop of the Riley Creek Campground at Mile 0.2 is open for free camping. A vault toilet is provided, and campers can obtain water 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.

Latest Stories

  • Grunwald case suspect now faces federal child porn charges

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 18, 17:00

    Devin Peterson’s long list of child pornography-related charges has grown to include two federal charges. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because the 18-year-old is one of the five Valley teens arrested in connection with David Grunwald’s murder. Alaska State Troopers seized Peterson’s phone during that investigation and found a disturbing video that could send […]

  • News

    By the numbers: Donald Trump’s $200 million inauguration

    by Aimee Picchi/CBS News on Jan 18, 16:19

    Last Updated Jan 18, 2017 5:45 PM EST Donald Trump has promised that his inauguration will “very, very special, very beautiful.” By one measure, the event will definitely be as “bigly” as Mr. Trump envisions, given his inaugural committee has raised a record $90 million in private donations to help cover the tab. And oh, […]

  • News

    Alaska volcano erupts again, sends ash cloud to 31,000 feet

    by KTVA / AP on Jan 18, 16:07

    An Alaska volcano active since mid-December has erupted again. Bogoslof Volcano in the Aleutian lslands erupted at 1:20 p.m. Wednesday and sent up an ash cloud that pilots reported was estimated at 31,000 feet. “Bogoslof volcano is in an active eruption sequence that began on December 16, though retrospective analysis suggests unrest may have started […]

  • News

    Troopers: Fairbanks man overdue from snowmachine trip found dead

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 18, 15:36

    Search teams found a Fairbanks man’s body Tuesday after he didn’t return home from a snowmachine trip. Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said in an online dispatch that 27-year-old Travis Loughridge was reported missing on Monday morning; the same day he was expected to return from his trip. Loughridge left Shungnak on Friday around noon […]

  • Weather

    Coldest temperatures in several years recorded around Alaska

    by Rachael Penton on Jan 18, 14:35

    A statewide cold snap is underway in Alaska. Numerous locations through the central and western Interior recorded temperatures in range of minus 40 to minus 55. The Fairbanks International Airport recorded a temperature of 50 below zero for the first time since Jan. 29, 2012. Ralph M. Calhoun Memorial Airport in Tanana observed a temperature of […]

  • Anchorage police shut down section of Northern Lights to stop car theft

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 18, 13:45

    Updated at 5:10 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18 Police shut down a section of Northern Lights Boulevard in Anchorage as officers tried to stop a stolen vehicle. Late Wednesday morning, the Anchorage Police Department sent a text message alert stating that traffic was stopped on Northern Lights between Nichols and Bragaw Streets. According to an officer […]

  • DayBreak

    Workforce Wednesday: Millwrights

    by Daybreak Staff on Jan 18, 13:18

    Millwrights are precision industrial mechanics that work on compressors, turbines and other heavy equipment. This field includes high paying jobs servicing equipment that keeps Alaska’s major industries, like fishing and mining, afloat. Interested? The only place in Alaska to get trained is the Prince William Sound College in Valdez. The nationally accredited program is comprised […]

  • Sports

    Former West High football star Fa’amasino heads to New Mexico State

    by Dave Goldman on Jan 18, 12:14

    Lui Fa’amasino knew the odds. Yet, he went against them and won. Nationally, only 2.5 percent of high schoolers who play football make it to the Division I level. The former West Anchorage High School star graduated two years ago. He moved on to Los Angeles Harbor Junior College. As a linebacker there, his play generated […]