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 average temperatures over several decades have resulted in expansion of woody vegetation. If this warming trend continues, it will change Alaska's ecosystems and drastically alter the physical appearance of Denali's landscape, as treeline marches higher up the mountains.