A comment period for this project closes Mar 30, 2023:
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View of Mt. Fellows from a possible trail location in the Nenana River corridor

Nenana River Trails

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The National Park Service (NPS) is considering constructing trails in the frontcountry of Denali National Park. The area proposed for trail development is the non-wilderness area of the park between the George Parks Highway and the Nenana River on the very eastern margin of Denali National Park.

The NPS proposes constructing approximately 17 miles of trail in this area of the park, including eight miles of multiuse trail and nine miles of trail open to hiking only.

This proposed action and alternatives are described and analyzed in an environmental assessment (EA) posted on this webpage.

Members of the public are invited to provide comments on the finalized Nenana River Trails EA during March 1-30, 2023. Written comments can be submitted online on this website using the link on the left during a public comment period. Although PEPC is the preferred method for comment submission, comments may also be mailed to the park during the public comment period. The mailing address for comments is:

Denali National Park
ATTN: Planning
PO Box 9
Denali Park, AK 99755

Two informational meetings about the EA will be held with the same information presented at both meetings:

• Thursday, March 9, in person, 6-7:30 pm at the Murie Science and Learning Center in Denali National Park
• Friday, March 10, virtual, 6-7:30 pm via Microsoft Teams. Options for joining the meeting are available at https://www.nps.gov/dena/getinvolved/plan-nenana-river-trails.htm.

Trail development in this frontcountry, non-wilderness area of the park was originally proposed in the late 1990s, and has been discussed several times in recent years during broad-scope trails and transportation planning efforts. Although the area of the park between the George Parks Highway and the Nenana River is easily accessible and close to other infrastructure, large portions retain a primarily natural setting. The purpose of providing developed recreational opportunities here is to encourage many visitors to interact with the landscape of the park in a way that does not depend on access to the Park Road and does not impact wilderness. In addition to expanding what is available to park visitors, these developed recreational opportunities are also intended to enhance multimodal connections to the park and increase universally accessible recreational opportunities in Denali.

The NPS anticipates a final decision in spring 2023, with possible project implementation beginning as early as summer 2023.

For more information about the Nenana River Trails EA, please visit the park's website at https://www.nps.gov/dena/getinvolved/plan-nenana-river-trails.htm.

Contact Information

Jennifer Johnston
Outdoor Recreation Planner
Denali National Park and Preserve