• pond surrounded by green brush, reflecting a distant range of snow-covered mountains that are dominated by one massive mountain

    Denali

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

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    The Denali Park Road is currently open to Mile 30, Teklanika River. If wintry conditions occur, the road may close at some point closer to the park entrance. More »

Backcountry Mountaineering

The south peak of Mt. McKinley
The highest point in America, 20,320 Mt. McKinley, or Denali.
nps photo / kent miller
 

Mountaineering
If your trip includes mountaineering, please plan accordingly and bring appropriate equipment, such as crampons, ropes, harnesses, ice axes, prussiks, etc.

Inform the ranger at the Backcountry Information Center of your plan and complete a mountaineering permit application. If you intend to ascend Mt. McKinley or Mt. Foraker, you need a mountaineering permit from our Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station.

Learn more about mountaineering

Winter Camping

Winter comes early in the Alaskan interior. Snow can fall in any month of the year, though for backcountry purposes, "winter camping" is any trip between October 1 and April 15.

More details on winter camping

Did You Know?

a white, two-peaked mountain

Mount McKinley, located within Denali National Park and Preserve, is the highest mountain on the North American continent. Measured from the 2,000 foot lowlands to its snowy summit at 20,320 feet, the mountain’s vertical relief of 18,000 feet is greater than that of Mount Everest.