Using the Backcountry
Permits are required for overnight backcountry travel in the old park and Kantishna-area units. Permits are free. Learn more about obtaining a backcountry permit.
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 this process in the mountaineering section of the website.
These contracts and permits are issued and administered by the National Park Service.
Click here to learn who are the current commercial operators in Denali.
Click here to learn about obtaining a permit to conduct a business in the park.
Did You Know?
Denali provides a special opportunity to study a large, intact and naturally-functioning ecosystem. Researchers can monitor climate change in Denali and contribute to larger-scale climate monitoring and management efforts.