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  • Road Open to: Mile 15 (Savage River)

    The Denali Park Road is open to Mile 15, Savage River. Conditions beyond this point prevent vehicle travel, though pedestrian travel is permitted. More »

Denali Park Road Vehicle Management Plan and EIS

Check out the Record of Decision for the Denali Park Road Vehicle Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement, signed in September, 2012, as well as the Final Vehicle Management Plan.

Background on the plan:

The Denali Park Road is the only road that winds into the six-million-acre wilderness landscape of Denali National Park and Preserve. It is a portal, though which thousands of people travel each year to discover the wonders of this wild place.

With visitation steadily growing, the park is approaching the core season vehicle limit of 10,512 set by park managers in the 1986 General Management Plan. Whereas the vehicle limit is clearly measureable, it is less clear that a numerical limit alone is enough to adequately protect park resources and provide for a high quality visitor experience. Other factors come into play, such as visitor perceptions of crowding at wildlife stops and rest stops; interactions between busses and wildlife; and wildlife movements in the Park Road corridor.

Ultimately, the carrying capacity of the Park Road will be expressed in a measureable way. It will, however, take into account a range of variables related to visitors and the resource. With your help, the Vehicle Management Plan will guide management of the Park Road experience, so it continues to offer visitors of diverse needs, wants and desires opportunities to come to know our wilderness heritage.

Public Comment Meetings

Denali National Park: Tuesday, August 23 Murie Science and Learning Center

Fairbanks: Wednesday, August 31 Morris Thompson Visitors Center, 101 Dunkel St.

Anchorage: Thursday, September 7 Campbell Creek Science Center, 5600 Science Center Dr.

Project Schedule


Completion date

Notice of Intent

July 15, 2008

National Park Service scoping

Sept 30, 2008

Public scoping meetings

Sept 30, 2008

Public Review of Denali Park Road Planning Workbook

Jan 1, 2010 - Mar 1, 2010

Draft plan and EIS written

Public comment period on the draft plan and EIS

Summer 2011

Final EIS and Record of Decision

Summer 2012

For further information contact: Denali Park Planning, Miriam Valentine, P.O. Box 588, Talkeetna, AK 99676

Did You Know?

a green hillside and a brown scar denoting where a landslide occurred

Warmer temperatures have led to dramatic thawing of permafrost. Thaw releases carbon, as once-frozen materials decompose, but allows increased plant growth. Researchers in Denali are studying whether thawing permafrost will increase or decrease world-wide carbon emissions.