Denali's enabling legislation is the starting point for understanding the purpose of the park. Any park unit's enabling legislation outlines the specific reason(s) why Congress designated the place a national park (or national preserve, etc).
There are a variety of rules and regulations that dictate how the park must be managed. These regulations help us protect park resources while also providing visitors with a safe and enjoyable experience.
A variety of additional information can be found in the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA), the full text of which is available on the Library of Congress website.
Federal RegulationsThe Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and the Superintendent's Compendium provide a complete listing of park rules and regulations. 36 CFR parts 1-199 pertain to all National Park areas. 36 CFR part 13 pertains to all Alaska National Park areas.
Local RulesThe Superintendent's Compendium is reviewed annually and provides a list of regulations under the discretionary authority of the superintendent.
Marijuana and Other Controlled SubstancesPossession or use inside a National Park Service unit (parks, preserves, rivers and monuments) is prohibited. While Alaska provides for regulated possession and use of marijuana, it remains an illegal drug under federal law and enforced within the park units.
FirearmsGenerally speaking, Alaska State laws dictate who may possess firearms within the park.
A variety of management plans inform and direct the day-to-day decisions of park managers.