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Each September the park hosts a four-day event called "Road Lottery". During these four days, winners of a lottery drawing are given a chance to purchase a single, day-long permit, allowing them to drive as much of the Denali Park Road as weather allows. In years with heavy snowfall, the Park Road might be open no farther than Savage River (mile 15); in milder years, lottery winners are able to enjoy a trip out to Wonder Lake (mile 85).

Natural Features:
Denali National Park and Preserve is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak, 20,320' Mount McKinley. Wild animals large and small roam unfenced lands, living as they have for ages. Solitude, tranquility and wilderness await.

The vast and expansive landscape that surrounds the Denali Park Road includes not only breath-taking scenery but opportunities for wildlife viewing, hiking, camping, and much more. Visitors are invited to explore the park’s website for activities and additional information related to the fall Road Lottery.

Camping and overnight sleeping while on the Denali Park Road is allowed only in designated campgrounds that are open. These may include: Riley Creek, Savage River, and Teklanika Campgrounds.

Wildlife viewing along the Denali Park Road can never be guaranteed. Some of the most iconic, large mammals, such as grizzly and black bears, wolves, caribou, moose and Dall's sheep, can be seen by lucky visitors. More-often seen small mammals include arctic ground squirrels, red squirrels, foxes and marmots.

Lottery Details:
The dates of Road Lottery vary each year -- the four-day event always begins the second Friday after Labor Day.

Year Dates for "Road Lottery" Event
2014 Sept 12 to Sept 15
2015 Sept 18 to Sept 21
2016 Sept 16 to Sept 19

Applicants must apply for the lottery between May 1 - May 31 each year, to partake in the September Road Lottery Event. You may not apply before May 1.

Know Before You Go
Rules and Regulations for the Road Lottery

Denali Road Lottery Information:
  • Only one entry per person will be accepted.
  • Those selected for a Road Lottery permit will be charged the $25 Road Lottery Permit fee automatically. The park entrance fee of $10 per person for visitors 16 and older is payable at the Denali Visitor Center when you pick up the permit.
  • Interagency Federal Land passes will cover the park entrance fee. Please bring your pass with you along with photo identification. The pass will cover the holder and up to 3 other people.
  • The person who picks up the permit must be the person that was selected or have the selected winner's written approval.
    If you give your permit to someone else, please provide them with the original confirmation letter indicating the name of the person to whom the permit is being transferred. If the confirmation letter is not available, please provide them with a written transfer letter that includes the original winners name, date for which they were selected for a permit and the name of the person to whom the permit is being transferred.
  • Only vehicles with Road Lottery permits will be permitted to drive beyond the Savage River Check Station at mile 15 of the park road.
  • For those with a Road Lottery Permit, the park road beyond mile 15 is open from 6:00am to 12:00am.
  • Riley Creek, Savage River and Teklanika Campgrounds are open during Road Lottery. Reservations are available at or by calling 800-622-7275 or 907-272-7275.

Contact Information

Denali National Park and Preserve
Phone: (907) 683-2294

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