Using the Backcountry
If you plan to climb Mt. McKinley or Mt. Foraker, you are required to register and pay for a permit 60 days in advance of your climb. Learn more about mountaineering in Denali.
These contracts and permits are issued and administered by the National Park Service (NPS).
Find a list of authorized commercial guides in Denali.
Learn how to obtain a permit to conduct business in the park by visiting the website of the NPS Alaska Regional Office. (Specifically, scroll down to "Activity Specific Stipulation" to learn about what types of CUA activities are allowed in Denali).
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.