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    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Bicycle Camping

Bike Trip of a Lifetime

General guidelines and regulations on cycling are found on our main cycling webpage. This webpage, however, goes into more detail about camping in conjunction with your cycling trip.

If you wish to travel the Park Road by bike and camp outside of an established campground, you must obtain a backcountry permit at the Backcountry Information Center (BIC) and camp at least 1/2 mile (1.3 km) from the road with your tent out of view of the road. Camper buses can accommodate two bicycles per bus if you wish to use the buses to move your bikes along the Park Road.

If you leave your bicycle overnight, it must be left 25 yards from the road and out of sight from road traffic. They also must be adequately marked with the group name, backcountry permit number and date that they will be picked up. Please remember where your bicycle is; we do not conduct Search and Rescue operations for bicycles. It is not uncommon for bicycles to be damaged by wildlife - animals may be attracted to the salty sweat that accumulates on bikes, mostly on the seats and handlebars. Denali National Park and Preserve assumes no responsibility for any damages accrued to bicycles by wildlife or other park visitors.

If you wish to have your bicycle locked overnight, plan on using a designated bike rack at one of the campgrounds, visitor centers, or the Toklat Road Camp. These designated bike racks also make it easier to locate

If you wish to bike and then backpack, you must have the appropriate gear for backcountry camping, including a Bear Resistant Food Container and proper footwear for hiking at least 1/2 to 3 miles in trail-less terrain. Reservations are required to stay overnight in a campground along the Park Road. To make reservations, call 1-800-622-7275 or visit www.reservedenali.com.

Learn more about cycling in Denali.

a chart showing the relative elevation of landmarks on the Denali Park Road; generally, the road begins at 1700' above sea level at the park entrance, rising and falling hundreds of feet at a time for two-thirds of its length before gradually declining at its Kantishna terminus.
An elevation profile of the Park Road for cyclists.

Did You Know?

an arctic ground squirrel on its hind legs

Nearly 500 vegetation plots have been installed in Denali, to monitor climate change. Warmer temperatures allow woody plants to grow at higher elevations, invading the fragile and unique plants already in high alpine tundra - and threatening the animals that depend on those specialized plants.