Denali National Park Set to Open for Summer

Denali National Park and Preserve is gearing up to open for the summer despite some lingering snow cover.

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by Associated Press

FAIRBANKS- Denali National Park and Preserve is gearing up to open for the summer despite some lingering snow cover.

 Entrance-area facilities, like the visitor center, are scheduled to open for the season Wednesday. Sled dog demonstrations are also scheduled to begin that day. However, park spokeswoman Kris Fister says officials are trying to remove snow from the track used for the demonstrations. Fister says the interpreters who do the demonstrations typically aren't mushers and are trained using a wheeled sled.

Meanwhile, shuttle buses that bring in most summer visitors are scheduled to begin running Monday. They will provide access as far as Toklat River, at mile 53. Buses are set to begin running the enter length of the 92-mile road on June 8.