Mountaineers attempting a climb of Mt. McKinley or Mt. Foraker must register with the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station at least 60 days prior to their start date. Denali National Park and Preserve offers online climbing registration and payment for mountaineers paying with a credit card. For the easy electronic form and payment system, go to Pay.Gov's online climbing registration form. Once the form and payment are correctly submitted, registrants will immediately receive a receipt confirmation from Pay.Gov via email.
For groups who are unable to register online, the expedition leader can contact the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station to initiate manual registration.
Mountaineers that have climbed Mt. McKinley or Mt. Foraker since 1995 can request a "seven-day exception" to the 60-day pre-registration period and instead register only 7 days in advance of the climb. Individuals seeking registration under the "seven-day exception" must be on record at the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station as climbing in or after 1995. This rule is applied on an individual basis -- in order for the entire expedition to be eligible for the seven-day exception, all members must qualify.
Registration requirements are strictly enforced. CLIMBERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING THEIR FORM(S) HAVE BEEN RECEIVED IN TIME FOR THEIR DESIRED START DATE. The online Pay.Gov registration system is highly recommended as climbers receive an immediate confirmation of receipt. If submitting forms manually, a phone call or email to verify receipt is highly suggested.
Additional Information For Solo Climbers
In addition to the online registration and payment, ALL soloists must complete a complete a solo form (pdf) and submit it manually or as an email attachment. Soloists will not be considered registered until we also receive this completed solo form.
The current Mountaineering Special Use Fee of $350 U.S. currency will be charged IN FULL at the time of registration to each expedition member attempting Mt. McKinley or Mt. Foraker for all climbers who register by December 31, 2013. A reduced fee of $250 will be charged for climbers aged 24 or younger as of the start date of the climb. NOTE: Effective January 1, 2014, the mountaineering special use fee will increase based on Consumer Price Index changes. For climbers who register January 1 or thereafter, the inflation-adjusted fee for 2014 will be $360 U.S. currency. Accordingly, the reduced fee for climbers aged 24 or younger will be $260.
At the time an expedition checks in for their climb, the Denali National Park entrance fee of $10 per individual is due. Interagency passes are accepted in lieu of entrance fee payment (actual passes must be presented).
The preferred payment method is through our online registration system, which accepts credit card payment by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and others. For mail-in registrations, we prefer credit card payments, although money orders and cashier's checks are also acceptable methods. Personal checks will not be accepted.
How to Add A Member
Notes on Guided Climbing
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.