The Denali Visitor Center is open during winter for the first time ever as the park celebrates its centennial, park officials say.


The Denali National Park and Preserve was established on Feb. 26, 1917 as Mount McKinley National Park, park spokeswoman Katherine Belcher explained in a statement. The park’s name was later changed, followed by the mountain’s name in 2016 during the Obama administration.


To celebrate 100 years, the park hosted a Winterfest Weekend, which included a myriad of outdoor and indoor events, including a birthday cake and cupcakes.




Visitors are asked to check in with ranger staff at the Murie Science and Learning Center or the Denali Visitor Center for the latest conditions in the park.


“Just in time for Winterfest at Denali National Park and Preserve, Mother Nature dumped several of inches of snow to kick off the weekend’s festivities,” Belcher wrote. “The heavy snowfall prompted park officials to close the road at milepost three, but the closure will have very minimal impact on activities.”


Celebration events are scheduled through summer, according to Belcher. The full schedule of events is available online.


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