Denali is largely wilderness without trails, designated by Congress to remain a "primitive" area in many respects. The National Park Service strives to make the park as universally accessible as possible. However, extra obstacles will be encountered because of the remote, wilderness nature of this special place.
If your questions concerning accessibility are unanswered after reading information in this section of our website, please contact us.
Also, learn about the The America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Access Pass—also known as the Access Pass—which provides a wide range of discounts on activities and services when you visit federal lands. The Access Pass is available for free for US citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities.
Road Travel in Denali
Unlike many other national parks, Denali has only one road. Access along the first 15 miles of the road is possible by any private vehicle; travel past Mile 15 is largely restricted to bus trips, run by a concessioner.
While wheelchair-accessible buses are available and the National Park Service and our concessioner make every effort to accommodate visitors with disabilities, in rare circumstances an individual's needs may not be met by the accommodations that are available on our transit and tour buses. Those individuals may apply for a road travel permit, which would allow them to drive part or all of the Denali Park Road in their own vehicle.
Please contact us several weeks before your visit to receive the application for a road travel permit, or with any questions you have about this process.
Applicants must be able to explain to park managers why accommodations on the bus system do not meet your personal needs.
Park BrochureThe park's official brochure is available in a variety of formats, including text-only, audio-only, and Braille.
Last updated: September 25, 2023