• 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

Fees & Passes

 

Entrance Fee

The park entrance fee is $10.00 per person (youth age 15 years or younger are free). This fee provides the visitor a 7-day entrance permit.

The entrance fee is collected when you purchase a bus ticket or a campground reservation through our concessioner. Holders of a Federal Lands Recreation Pass are entitled to a refund of the entrance fee upon presentation of a photo ID, along with the pass and proof of their bus/campground reservation. Present the documents either at the Wilderness Access Center or Riley Creek Mercantile upon arriving in the park.

Visitors who are not purchasing bus tickets or campground reservations should pay their entrance fee, or show their federal lands pass, at the Denali Visitor Center upon arriving in the park.

Passes are available for purchase from the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station year-round, and at the summer and winter visitor centers.

Educators, are you bringing a group to the park? Learn whether or not you qualify for an educational fee waiver.

 
Denali Annual Pass: $40


This pass is valid for 12 months from the month of purchase. It covers entrance fees for the pass holder and up to three other adults into Denali National Park and Preserve.


Purchase the pass at the Denali Visitor Center during the summer season, the Murie Science and Learning Center during the shoulder and winter seasons, and the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station year-round.
 

America the Beautiful: National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass

As of 2007, the Golden Age, Golden Eagle, and Golden Access Passes were replaced with a new series of inter-agency passes called the "America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass. Each pass is described in brief, below.

  • Annual Pass - Cost $80
    This pass is available to the general public and provides access to, and use of, federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee for a full year from month of purchase. The Annual Pass can be obtained in person at the park, by calling 1-888-ASK USGS, or online.

  • Senior Pass - Cost $10
    This is a lifetime pass for U.S.citizens and permanent residents age 62 and over. The Senior Pass can be obtained in person at the park, by calling 1-888-ASK USGS, or by mail.

  • Military Pass - Free
    This pass is available to active duty military personnel and dependents with proper identification (CAC Card or DD Form 1173) for a full year from month of purchase. The Military Pass can be obtained in person at Denali National Park & Preserve or any Federal recreation sites that charge entrance or standard amenity fees. Obtain the pass at the Denali Visitor Center during the summer season, the Murie Science and Learning Center during the shoulder and winter seasons, and the Talkeetna Ranger station year-round.

  • Access Pass - Free
    This is a lifetime pass for U.S.citizens and permanent residents with permanent disabilities. The Access Pass can be obtained in person at the park, by calling 1-888-ASK USGS, or by mail.

  • Volunteer Pass - Free
    Volunteers who acquire 250 service hours on a cumulative basis are eligible for this pass. It provides access to, and use of, federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee for a full year from month of award. The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per-person fee areas. Children under 16 are admitted free. Learn more about volunteering in the park.


The USGS manages the inter-agency pass program. Learn more about these passes.

 
Fee-Free Days

A variety of holidays, as well as the annual "National Park Week" each spring, see entrance fees waived at all national parks. Learn more about upcoming fee-free days.

Fee waiver includes entrance fees and commercial fees. Other fees, such as reservation, camping, tour, or concession fees, and fees collected by third parties, are not included, unless stated otherwise.
 
Fees for Activities

Certain activities require reservations and cost money. Learn more about ...

  • Bus Trips
    Sightseeing in Denali is primarily by narrated tour buses, or non-narrated shuttle buses. Ticket prices vary by destination.
  • Mountaineering
    Climbing Denali or Mount Foraker requires advance registration and a pre-paid mountaineering fee.
  • Campground Use
    While backpacking is free, there are nightly fees for using any of the six park campgrounds.
  • Road Lottery
    The public may apply to a lottery system, wherein winners may buy a permit to drive the park road in the fall. Fees are charged to enter the lottery, and winners pay a fee for their driving permit.
  • Commercial filming
    Commercial entities wishing to film in the park must pay certain fees.
  • Professional Photography Program
    Professional photographers must pay a fee when applying to participate in the park's Professional Photography Program

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