Making a reservation:
During five summer weekends, private vehicle permits will allow for visitors to travel the Denali Park Road through taiga forest and open tundra out to Mile 66, Eielson Visitor Center. Visitors may pause to watch wildlife from their vehicle, but must follow wildlife viewing rules and terms of the permit for duration of time at a viewing stop. Plan for eight hours of drive-time round trip. Travel up to Mile 30 is on a two-lane winding, gravel road. After Mile 30 the road reduces to one or one and a half lane width, tight corners and steep slopes requiring careful attention to traffic, slow travel and yielding.
Eielson Road Permits will be offered for select weekends: July 10–12, July 24–26, August 7–9, August 21–23 and September 4–7. Permits are available 14 days in advance at 10 a.m. AKDT on a rolling daily window. An additional set of permits are also available 48 hours in advance at 10 a.m. AKDT on a rolling daily window.
For more information check out the park's current conditions webpage for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
One private vehicle reservation per day; reservation holder must be present in vehicle.
Select a date to see a list of times
The permit holder must be in the vehicle at the time of entry at the Savage River Check Station at Mile 15 of the park road.
Only visitors with Eielson Road Permits will be allowed to drive their private vehicle beyond the Savage River Check Station and as far as the Eielson Visitor Center at Mile 66. No off-road travel is allowed.
Permit holders must check in at the Savage River Check Station within 45 minutes after their ticket start time. Plan for a 30-minute drive from park entrance to Savage River (Mile 15).
Vehicles must be east of the Savage River Check Station by 9:00 p.m. Once vehicles have left the restricted section of road, there is no reentry. Vehicles must begin traveling east from Eielson Visitor Center at 6:00 p.m.
Drive with your headlights on and stay to the right.
Vehicles traveling the Denali Park Road with an Eielson Permit must be within the following maximum dimensions: 22' long x 8' wide x 12' high. This is inclusive of side mirrors and bumpers, and is strictly enforced at the Savage River Check Station (Mile 15). Trailers or towed vehicles are not allowed under the Eielson Permit. Trailers or towed vehicles may be parked at the Riley Creek Day Use Area for the day, or at your campground if you have a campground reservation.
All permit holders and drivers must watch the 4-minute video on Rules of Driving the Denali Park Road and comply with rules at all times while on the Park Road.
Speed limit is 35 mph unless otherwise posted.
When passing pedestrians, bicycles, road workers and heavy equipment, pass at no more than 10 mph or a “no dust” speed, whichever is lower.
Be aware of common road hazards such as narrow road width, limited visibility on curves, and rough or slick road surfaces.
Vehicles may not park on the road or road shoulder. Parking is only allowed in rest areas or wide pull outs designated by a green cone. No overnight parking.
It is your responsibility to comply with Denali National Park’s mandated distances from wildlife. Stay 300 yards (300m) away from bears and 25 yards (25m) from all other animals, dens, and nests.
A brief stop for wildlife viewing, photo opportunity or other reasons is allowed; however, all occupants must remain in the vehicle. If your pet disturbs wildlife when you pause to view animal(s), you must continue driving to prevent your pet from harassing wildlife.
At wildlife viewing stops, no more than four vehicles may be stopped at any one time. The first vehicle to arrive is the first vehicle to depart when a fifth vehicle arrives.
Pets that fit inside your vehicle are welcome. Leashed pets (6' or shorter leash) may be walked on the park road, in parking lots, or on campground roads. Tethered pets may not be left unattended. In general, pets are not permitted on park trails nor off-trail; the exceptions to this rule are the Roadside Trail and the Bike Path.
Report all emergencies or hazards to park rangers.
During times of wet weather, the road could be temporarily closed past Mile 30. Check the Current Conditions webpage for road status. Permits will not be rescheduled or refunded for inclement weather.