Planning a backcountry trip in Denali is unlike most other national parks. Denali is about the size of Vermont, with only a handful of trails - most of which are near the entrance of the park for day-hiking, rather than overnight backpacking.
Permits are issued only in person, no more than a day before you begin your backcountry adventure - so use the information on this site as a guide, to familiarize yourself with the permit process and the landscape of Denali, but be ready to hash out the details of your itinerary only once you're in the park, speaking to one of our backcountry rangers. You may also enjoy checking out our landscape panoramas, to get a sense of the scenery and terrain in the park.
A brochure of our online backpacking information is available, though the format is not home-printer friendly. Contact us if you want to receive a printed copy via regular mail.
Summer Backcountry Desk Hours: 9 am - 6 pm
A few key webpages:
Common backcountry considerations: