The road over Hatcher Pass is officially closed for the winter after an early season snowfall blanketed the area with snow.

The road is one of the most popular and scenic day drives in Alaska. It connects Willow with Hatcher Pass, and is a prime spot for hiking, berry picking and hunting in the fall. The road typically opens around the end of June and remains open until winter conditions force the closure of the gravel road. Snow and freezing rain have been experienced in the area for a week, forcing the Department of Transportation to close it.

Another popular Alaska State Parks property will be closing soon for the winter. Kesugi Ken Campground in Denali State Park will be open until Sept. 28, however, it is first come first served because there is no camp host, and all water has been shut off. Visitors should expect extremely cold weather and be prepared for all weather conditions.

With winter right around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about skiing again! Skeetawk is gearing up for its second winter of operation in Hatcher Pass. Season passes are available now. For Nordic fans, Government Peak Recreation Area at the base of Hatcher Pass just got some snow, but it will be a while before it is in any condition to ski. Likewise with some of the trails in the upper elevation at Hatcher Pass.