Denali remains closed to snowmobiles

Posted: Monday, January 07, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Denali National Park and Preserve continues to be closed to snowmobiles, except for travel on frozen rivers.

The reason is that there's too little snow, and temperatures on several days rose to above 40 degrees, according to park officials. Strong winds also hammered what was an unusually thin snowpack.

Despite recent snow, there's still not enough to protect vegetation in areas like Cantwell, Broad Pass, and the Peters Hills area on the south side of the Alaska Range. Those areas normally have adequate snowcover by this time of year.

Only a few trails along old roads and mining routes in the Windy Creek area near Cantwell are open. At least another foot of snow is needed to provide a reasonable blanket of protective snow for snowmobile use, park officials say.

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