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?
Warmer temperatures have led to dramatic thawing of permafrost. Thaw releases carbon, as once-frozen materials decompose, but allows increased plant growth. Researchers in Denali are studying whether thawing permafrost will increase or decrease world-wide carbon emissions.