Basic Information

Many rural locations in Alaska use a mile marker on a road to denote their physical address (as opposed to a traditional street number).

For people who wish to use a GPS device to navigate their way here, you may need to input the latitude and longitude of the park entrance: 63.728443, -148.886572.

 

Many rural locations in Alaska use a mile marker on a road to denote their physical address (as opposed to a traditional street number).

For people who wish to use a GPS device to navigate their way here, you may need to input the latitude and longitude of the park entrance: 63.728443, -148.886572. 

 

The main season for visitors is May 20 through the second or third week in September, though there is plenty to see and do outside of the summer. There is just one road in Denali and it is closed for most of the winter, though the park remains open for winter recreation. 

There is no gate at the park entrance, so you are technically able to visit any time of the day or night (which, in summer, is quite bright thanks to how long the sun is up!). You can recreate (hike, bike, etc) any time, but camping can only occur in designated campgrounds or with a backpacking permit. 

To plan a trip effectively, however, you may need to learn more about:

Denali charges an entrance fee year-round for all visitors ages 16 years and up. Visitors 15 years and under are free. No refunds are given due to inclement weather.

Please note that some activities, such as summer bus trips or staying in park campgrounds, have additional costs.

Holders of a valid Denali National Park Annual Pass or an America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands pass, such as an America the Beautiful Annual Pass, Senior Pass or Access Pass, do not need to pay the park entrance fee. These passes cover entry for the passholder and up to three other adults in their party. Costs for these passes vary. The Senior Pass and Access Pass also provide a 50% nightly discount on camping in Denali. None of these passes influence bus ticket prices, however. Learn more about the America the Beautiful nationwide pass program.

Find more specific information on our fees and passes page.

Entrance Fees:

Entrance Passes:

Most visitor centers in Denali are open in summer only (roughly mid-May through mid-September). The Murie Science & Learning Center acts as the winter visitor center, and is open nearly every day of the year.
 

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Need to Know

In 1917, Congress created this park for one main reason: to protect Dall sheep. Over time, Congress expanded the park boundaries and added other reasons for its existence, including protection of North America's tallest mountain (also called Denali) and to provide a place for wilderness recreation. Today, most people arrive in Denali hoping to see the mountain, view wildlife (such as bears, moose, caribou, sheep, and wolves), and experience the vast wilderness.

Denali National Park and Preserve has just one road, called the Denali Park Road, and it is the main avenue for visitors to see and experience Denali. As you begin planning a trip to Denali, it's important to understand how the road operates.

The road is 92 miles long, and only the first 15 miles are paved. The paved section, leading from the park entrance to Savage River, is the only section that personal vehicles may drive. In the summer, the first 15 miles are open for public (non-commercial) vehicles to drive and buses provide transportation along the rest of the road. In winter, only the first 3 miles of the road are open for public vehicles, and the rest of the road is closed due to snow. Buses do not operate in fall, winter, or spring.

 
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    Park Statistics and Facts

    Browse statistics like budget and visitation, find detailed policies and regulations and learn more in general about park management.

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    Maps

    Learn where you can drive, where you can ride a bus, and where to hike with road maps and trail maps.

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    Current Conditions

    Check on current road status, changes to park operations due to the Pretty Rocks landslide, COVID-19 notices, and more.

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    Things to Do

    Explore the many activities Denali offers to visitors of all ages and experience levels.

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    Park Calendar

    Browse our calendar for regularly scheduled summer ranger programs and special events.

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    Pets

    Pets are welcome in Denali but are not allowed on most trails. Read more about pet regulations here.

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    Eating & Sleeping

    Learn about restaurants, lodging, campgrounds and picnic areas: All the basic human needs.

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    Campgrounds

    With six different campgrounds, there are plenty of options for you to camp in Denali with a tent or an RV.

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    Explore a trail or go off-trail

    Take a Hike!

    Discover trails in Denali, or learn about hiking off-trail in the wilderness.

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    Mid-May to Mid-September

    How to Explore Denali in Summer

    Look for wildlife and wilderness during a bus trip in Denali. Most of the sole road is open only to buses during summer (May 20–mid-Sept.).

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    October to April

    Plan a Winter Visit

    Closed in winter? Not Denali! Winter is a great time to explore the park, whether by foot, ski, snowshoe, bike or other means!

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    Plan a Fall or Spring Visit

    Expect limited services if you're visiting during the quieter seasons of fall (mid-September to October) or spring (mid-April to mid-May).

Last updated: January 11, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

PO Box 9
Denali Park , AK 99755

Phone:

907 683-9532
A ranger is available 9 am to 4 pm daily (except on major holidays). If you reach the voicemail, please leave a message and we'll call you back as soon as we finish with the previous caller.

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