There is only one restaurant within the park. The Morino Grill is located next to the Denali Visitor Center and Park Store. During the main summer season (May 20 to mid-September), coffee, hot grill food, and "grab and go" food is available from 8 am to 6 pm. The Morino Grill is closed in fall, winter, and spring.
Riley Creek Mercantile
The Riley Creek Mercantile, in Riley Creek Campground, sells sandwiches and a variety of pre-packaged food. The Mercantile is open 7 am to 11 pm daily in summer (May 20 to mid-September) and is closed in fall, winter, and spring.
Food outside the park
In summer, restaurants can be found north and south of the park entrance, along Highway 3. Many restaurants sell boxed or packaged meals for visitors to take on park bus trips. Several convenience stores can be found in the business district one mile north of the park entrance, as well as in Healy.
In winter, food options are very limited. A couple year-round restaurants and convenience stores can be found in Healy and Cantwell and a grocery store is located in Healy. A few small snacks may be available for sale inside the Winter Visitor Center.
A post office is located at the park entrance, next to Riley Creek Campground. Post offices also exist in Healy and Cantwell.
The park post office may accept general deliveries, if you need to mail items to yourself before arriving (e.g., backpacking equipment, etc). You should contact them in advance at 907-683-2291 for more information.
Summer Hours (mid-May through mid-September)
A summer-only gas station is located one mile north of the park entrance, along Highway 3. Year-round gas stations are also located in Cantwell (30 miles south) and Healy (11 miles north).
In summer, camping stove fuel can be purchased in large quantities at the Riley Creek Mercantile, located in Riley Creek Campground. They may or may not have fuel for backpacking stoves — in summer, you can call the Mercantile at (907) 683-9246 to ask what they are stocking.
There are also backpacking and camping stores outside of the park, or you may wish to buy stove fuel in Anchorage or Fairbanks.
Camping Supplies and Amenities
Summer only: A shower and laundry facility is next door to the Riley Creek Mercantile, in Riley Creek Campground. An RV dump and fill station is also located there.
Backpacking equipment can be rented outside of the park, from Denali Mountain Works. Their store is 1.5 miles north of the park entrance, along Highway 3, open in summer only. Numerous outdoors stores can also be found in Fairbanks and Anchorage, many of which rent gear.
More basic camping items, like bear spray, sunscreen, water bottles, etc., can be purchased at the Riley Creek Mercantile in summer.
In winter, a grocery store in Healy and gas station convenience stores sell basic items, but you should get any outdoor gear in Fairbanks or Anchorage and bring it with you.
In summer, bathrooms are available at all facilities around the park entrance and in each park campground. Bus trips along the park road pause roughly every 90 minutes for a bathroom break.
In winter, indoor bathrooms are only available at the Winter Visitor Center during open hours. Pit toilets are available 24/7 in the following locations:
Cell service is available near the park entrance, but is unavailable beyond Mile 4 on the Park Road.
There are no pay phones in the park.
The Riley Creek Day Use area is a quiet picnic area with several covered tables near the entrance area. Picnic tables can also be found at Mountain Vista (Mile 13 of the Park Road) and Savage River (Mile 15). Benches can also be found outside the Denali Visitor Center and other facilities in the entrance area, but these areas are often crowded.
In winter, the Indoor Picnic Area, next to the Winter Visitor Center, is a warm place where groups may eat food they've brought to the park. Open only during business hours when the Winter Visitor Center is open.
Lost and Found
In summer, check at Baggage Claim (located near the Denali Visitor Center) for items left on park buses. For items lost in other places in the park, check at the nearest ranger-staffed facility or contact the Denali Visitor Center.
In winter, contact the Winter Visitor Center (located inside the Murie Science and Learning Center).
Last updated: November 15, 2023