Denali Park Road Lottery Entry Period Changes in 2009 to June 1-30. Online Entry Available in June 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.
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:
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:
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.
Did You Know?
In 1908, Charles Sheldon – a hunter and naturalist – described in his journal the idea of a park that would allow visitors to enjoy the beauty he saw while visiting Alaska. In 1917 his vision became reality, with the creation of Mount McKinley National Park.