Permits & Reservations

Bus Tickets & Campground Reservations

Advance reservations are recommended for bus trips and campground stays in Denali. Both kinds of reservations can be made through, our concessionaire. Note: Two campgrounds -- Igloo Creek and Sanctuary River -- cannot be booked in advance.

Backpacking & Mountaineering

Permits are required for overnight backcountry travel in the old park and Kantishna-area units. Permits are free. Learn more about how to obtain a backcountry permit.

If you plan to climb Denali 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.

Commercial Activities

A business or an individual must obtain either a Concession Contract or a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) prior to conducting any commercial activity in Denali National Park and Preserve.

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).


Other Permits

  • Road Lottery -- This annual event is a public lottery for a chance to drive the Denali Park Road in a private vehicle. Applications are taken in late spring, the lottery drawing occurs in mid-summer, and the actual event takes place in mid-September each year.
  • Commercial Filming -- This information is for any commercial operation wishing to film within the boundaries of the park and preserve.
  • Professional Photography Program -- This information details how published, professional photographers may apply for a permit to drive the Denali Park Road in their own vehicle for a specific piece of time during the summer.
  • Special Use Permits -- This catch-all category covers permits that may be necessary for a variety of activities, such as organizing a large wedding in the park. Contact us for more details on Special Use Permits.

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