Any private vehicle driving the Denali Park Road past Mile 15 will need a permit. The permit holder needs to be in the vehicle and present ID at the time of entry. Visit the park's current conditions webpage for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
PLEASE NOTE: Permits are only available during the summer of 2021 as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Because these permit reservations may sell quickly, we recommend that you create an account on Recreation.gov and ensure that you're logged into your account prior to the ticket release time. After account creation/logging in, follow these steps:
Step 1: Under “Tickets,” click the “Book Now” button for the Teklanika Road Permit.
Step 2: Select the date you wish to book (available dates will be marked with an “A” in the calendar)
Step 3: Select the permit time.
Step 4: Under “Quantity,” select number of people who will be in the vehicle (options are: 1 person, 2 people, or 3 or more
Step 5: Add to cart (note: you will need to sign in or create an account to do this)
Step 6: You have 15 minutes* to:
a. Review time and date for the permit
b. Enter ticket holder details. This does not need to be the person purchasing the ticket, but the person MUST be
present in the vehicle when checking in at the park.
c. Apply a park pass: if you have a pass or will have one before the permit date. The pass MUST be presented at
time of check in for the permit.
* When time is about to expire, you’ll have the opportunity to add an additional five minutes. However, once that time is up, this order will be removed from your cart and made available to other visitors
Step 7: Finish checking out.
Park Entrance Fees
Are required at the time of the permit reservation, no payment accepted when entering the park. Please purchase entrance fees through Recreation.gov and present the receipt at time of entry. Or if you have an annual or lifetime pass at the time of your permit reservation those are accepted as your entrance fee. Valid entrance passes accepted are: Denali National Park & Preserve Annual Pass, Interagency passes including: Annual, Senior Lifetime, Senior Annual, Access, Volunteer, Military, Veteran, Gold Star Family and 4th Grade Pass. 5th grade voucher also accepted for summer 2021. Pass holders must present pass and ID at time of entry.
Denali National Park & Preserve is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers see low-elevation taiga forest give way to rivers and views of the snow capped peaks in the Alaska Range. Wild animals, large and small, roam unfenced lands, living as they have for ages. Solitude, tranquility, and wilderness await.
Visitors are invited to explore the park's website for additional information.
As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the park will implement a timed entry road permit reservation system to allow some private vehicles to travel the restricted portion of the Denali Park Road to Mile 30. This 2021 offering will allow for additional access beyond the limited transit and tour bus schedule and complies with CDC social distancing guidelines. Visitors who wish to explore the park road past Mile 30 should explore bus reservations.
Driving the Denali Park Road is a unique opportunity and not to be undertaken lightly. Visitors will traverse a winding, gravel road with some steep slopes, narrow shoulders, no cell service and limited access to facilities. Please be aware you’ll be sharing the road with buses and heavy equipment.
Visitors who plan to travel past Mile 15 of the Denali Park Road by automobile or motorcycle must have a 1-day vehicle permit reservation for each day they plan to enter the restricted portion of the Denali Park Road. Visitors arriving on foot or on bicycle do not require a timed entry permit reservation.
Visitors are allowed to reserve one permit for one private vehicle per day to travel past Mile 15 of the Park Road. Permit reservations cannot be booked for multiple days in a row, but can be booked for every other day. The permit holder must be in the vehicle at time of entry.
Annual and Lifetime passes are accepted as entrance fees. See Fees and Cancellation section for valid entrance passes. Pass holders are required to pay a $23.00 vehicle permit fee and a $2.00 reservation fee.
Recreation.gov does not accept payment from foreign bank accounts or travelers’ checks.
Pets that fit inside your vehicle are welcome. If your pet disturbs wildlife when you pause to view animal(s), you must continue driving to prevent your pet from harassing wildlife. 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 and pets may not be transported in the open bed of a truck. In general, pets are not permitted on park trails nor off-trail; the exceptions to this rule are the Roadside Hiking Trail and the Bike Path (Roadside Bike Path).
Cyclists may ride traditional bicycles and e-bikes on park roads, parking areas, campground loops and the designated Bike Path between the Nenana River and the Denali Visitor Center.
Permit reservation holders may park in spots designated by green cones and go on a day hike. There are no formal trails in this area of the park. Hikers must be prepared to navigate off-trail, follow all wildlife safety precautions, and practice Leave No Trace principles. Certain areas may be closed to hiking--check the Closures webpage before you go. Road Permits may not be paired with a backpacking trip, no overnight parking.
Hunting is prohibited in Denali National Park.
No drinking water or food for purchase is available beyond Mile 15. Restrooms are located at Savage River (Mile 15), Teklanika Rest Area (Mile 30).
Check the Current Conditions webpage for road status and other important information.
How to Reserve a Permit
No Walk Up Permits are available--permits must be reserved ahead of time.
Permits will go on sale at 10am AKDT (Alaska Daylight Time) on April 20, 2021 for dates from May 20th through September 12th, 2021.
Changes and Cancellations
There are two fee options - Non-Pass Holder or Pass Holder:
Non-Pass Holder Fee: Applies to all visitors who do not have an annual/lifetime pass. Select the number of vehicle passengers at the time of reservation. Entrance fees are $15 per person for visitors 16 and older. Reservations may be modified or canceled up to 48 hours prior to the entry date. All fees are non-refundable within the final 48 hours.
Pass Holder Fee: Your annual or lifetime pass will be accepted as your entrance fee and you may select to apply a pass to your reservation during check-out. Pass holders are required to pay the $25.00 vehicle permit fee. Be prepared to show your identification, annual or lifetime pass and your vehicle permit reservation. Valid entrance passes accepted are:
Denali National Park and Preserve Annual Pass
Interagency Annual Pass
Interagency Senior Passes
Interagency Access Pass
Interagency Volunteer Pass
Interagency Military Pass
Interagency 4th Grade Pass
Golden Age Pass
Golden Access Pass
5th Grade Voucher
ID proof of U.S. Armed Service Veteran or Gold Star Dependant status
Cancellations must be made up to 48 hours in advance for refund (minus a $2 booking fee). No refunds for no shows or cancellations less than 48 hours in advance. Permits will not be rescheduled or refunded for inclement weather. The person identified as the permit holder must be present in the vehicle at the time of entry.
PO Box 9, Milepost 237 Parks Highway Denali Park AK 99755