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    Denali

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

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  • Road Closure: Friday, September 26

    On Friday, September 26, a contractor will be working on a utility below the park road near Headquarters. Therefore, the road will be closed to all vehicle traffic at roughly Mile 3. The road will re-open on Saturday morning.

Denali Park Road Lottery Entry Period Changes in 2009 to June 1-30. Online Entry Available in June 2009.

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Date: May 11, 2009
Contact: Kris Fister, 907-683-9583

THIS IS AN OLD PRESS RELEASE. FOR CURRENT ROAD LOTTERY INFORMATION, VISIT: www.nps.gov/dena/planyourvisit/road-lottery.htm.


The 2009 annual road lottery in Denali National Park and Preserve is taking place on September 18, 19, 20, and 21 (Friday through Monday), weather permitting. A total of 400 vehicles per day will be issued permits through a lottery system to travel the Denali Park Road after the park’s shuttle bus system ceases operations for the season. If weather permits, the road could be open for its entire 92-mile length, offering exceptional opportunities for experiencing the heart of the park.

Effective in 2009, lottery entries must entered on the web or postmarked between June 1-30, a month earlier than in previous years. The entry period was changed based on requests from previous road lottery participants, as it will provide more time for those who obtain lottery slots to make travel arrangements for visiting the park.

Beginning on June 1, 2009 until midnight on June 30, 2009, an online entry form will be available at www.pay.gov. The entry fee payment of $10 may be made by credit card, or direct deposit from a bank account.

Entries will also be accepted by mail. Please be certain that:

  • A legible return address, including a first and last name (this is needed for notification) is on the envelope.
  • Your desired dates, in order of preference, are on the back of the envelope. If no dates are provided, dates of September 18, 19, 20, and 21 will be assigned in that order. 
  • A check of money order for $10, made payable to the “National Park Service”, is included. This fee is non-refundable.

Only one entry per person is allowed, and duplicate entries will be disqualified. Entries received without the $10 fee will be returned. Entries should be sent to:

Road Lottery
Denali National Park and Preserve
P.O. Box 9
Denali Park, AK 99755

Entries done via regular mail must be postmarked no later than June 30, 2009 and must arrive in the park by July 7 to be included in the drawing. Submit entries early to make certain they arrive in time! Entries that arrive after the drawing will be returned. The names of individuals selected for permits will be posted on the park website at www.nps.gov/dena by July 15.

Everyone who submitted an entry will be notified by U.S. mail on the status of their entry, and those who are selected for permits will also receive a letter confirming the day of their permit, with additional information on how to obtain the road permit and prepare for their visit to the park. A $25, non-refundable fee will be required on the day the permit is picked up at the park. In addition, permit holders must pay the park entrance fee of $20 per vehicle unless they have a federal recreation pass such as the Denali Annual Pass or the America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass (Annual, Senior, Access, or Volunteer).

Permits are transferable, i.e. the person who was awarded the permit can give it to someone else if they are not able to participate that weekend.

The possibility of inclement weather in September is always a factor. Some years the road has only been partially open because of snow. Lottery participants are encouraged to visit the park website for updated road and weather information the day before or the morning of their permit. The Riley Creek, Savage River, and Teklanika River campgrounds will be open through the weekend, weather permitting.

Lottery information is available on the park website at www.nps.gov/dena or by calling park headquarters at (907) 683-2294 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily.

-NPS-

Did You Know?

a moose with small antlers amid brush

Warmer average temperatures over several decades have resulted in expansion of woody vegetation. If this warming trend continues, it will change Alaska's ecosystems and drastically alter the physical appearance of Denali's landscape, as treeline marches higher up the mountains.