• pond surrounded by green brush, reflecting a distant range of snow-covered mountains that are dominated by one massive mountain

    Denali

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Wilderness Access Center

Located at Mile 0.5 the Wilderness Access Center is where you can purchase bus tickets and arrange to stay in a park campground.

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All shuttle buses depart from this building, as well as some of the tour buses.

This building also houses a small gift shop, a coffee stand, and an information desk.

The Wilderness Access Center is operated by our concessioner, Doyon/ARAMARK Joint Venture.

Dates and Hours of Operation

This facility is open each year from May 19 to mid-September. For most of the summer, it is open 5 am to 7 pm daily for bus departures and coffee. The ticket desk is open 7 am to 7 pm daily. Hours may vary during shoulder seasons.

If you arrive after 7 pm and need to check into a campground or pick up bus tickets, you can do so until 11 pm at the Riley Creek Mercantile, located in Riley Creek Campground.

Did You Know?

an arctic ground squirrel on its hind legs

Nearly 500 vegetation plots have been installed in Denali, to monitor climate change. Warmer temperatures allow woody plants to grow at higher elevations, invading the fragile and unique plants already in high alpine tundra - and threatening the animals that depend on those specialized plants.