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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.

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