The 92-mile road that leads into Denali National Park and Preserve is closed at Mile 3 near park headquarters, and the winter trailhead has been established at the headquarters gate in anticipation of more snow.
The park has received only about 5 inches of snow near park headquarters, and the snow cover is currently marginal for winter recreational activities such as cross-country skiing, dog mushing, skijoring and snowshoeing, the National Park Service said.
The park has transitioned into winter hours and the Murie Science and Learning Center, which serves as winter headquarters, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to provide park information and backcountry permits. Park visitors can also pay their $10 park entry fee at the MSLC during the winter.
The Bear Loop of the Riley Creek Campground at Mile 0.2 is open for camping, but has no water during the winter. A vault toilet is provided for campers and water is available at the MSLC.
Park information is available at (907) 683-9532 during business hours or on the web at www.nps.gov/dena.