Check out the full list of documents that make up the Vehicle Management Plan, including:
You may also wish to learn more about the Road Ecology Program.
Background on the Plan
The Denali Park Road is the only road that winds into the six-million-acre wilderness landscape of Denali National Park and Preserve. It is a portal, though which over one hundred thousand people travel each year to discover the wonders of this wild place.
Background on Management of the Denali Park Road
The new system allowed only visitors with overnight or other special use permits to drive their vehicles beyond the Savage River at Mile 15. The purpose of limiting vehicles past mile 15 was to protect wildlife viewing opportunities, wildlife health and habitat, and the wilderness character of the park road. Similar to today, visitors could take a narrated bus tour or take a shuttle bus which allowed riders to get on and off. Over the next 12 years visitor use grew to a total of 394,426 annual recreational visits, about 9 times the amount that arrived the year before the highway opened.
To better manage the park experience in light of increased pressures, the 1986 General Management Plan (GMP) for the park established a limit of 10,512 motor vehicle trips on the Park Road during the core season from Memorial Day weekend to after Labor Day. For many years, the established transportation system has been an effective mechanism to control vehicle use while providing for quality visitor opportunities along the park road. However, consistent growth in Alaska tourism during the last decade has correlated to a direct increase in annual park visitation. Denali is now one of the most visited subarctic national parks in the world, with the vast majority of visitation focused along the 90-mile park road. Park visitation is approaching 500,000, with 90 percent arriving during the summer season. With the sustained growth in Alaska’s tourism industry, Denali continues to be a featured part of travelers’ itineraries
Last updated: August 15, 2016