Denali National Park to Expand Vehicle Access

Part of an ongoing effort to make more of the park available to the public.

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Denali National Park and Preserve announced a new program that will enable the public to access previously restricted portions of the Denali Park Road. The program will launch during the 2021 summer season (May 20 through Sept. 12, 2021). The new access extends beyond the Savage River Check Station (mile marker 15) to the Teklanika Rest Stop (mile marker 30). Visitors must obtain a $25 permit — called the Teklanika Road Permit — to obtain access to the road.

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Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska (Image from Getty)

“This plan allows unique access to [Denali National Park] during this summer season while we all continue to manage the impacts of the ongoing pandemic,” said Brooke Merrell, acting Superintendent. “The park is committed to safely providing the awe-inspiring experiences the public has come to expect from Denali, while doing our best to help support local communities during these challenging times.”

Visitors can reserve a permit online at recreation.gov beginning April 20 at 10 a.m. AKDT. The system enables individuals to reserve one daily scheduled entry to the Park Road by private vehicle. The park has limited reservations.

Denali National Park will still allow private vehicles without permits access to Park road. The access extends as far as the Savage River Check Station – in line with standard summer operations. Tour, transit, and camper bus service begins May 20. Individuals can make reservations for bus service farther into the park for the 2021 season at reservedenali.com.

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