Road Ecology Program

a bus of visitors watches a caribou
For many visitors coming to Denali, a major part of their experience is watching wildlife along the Denali park road. But how the wildlife, visitors, and the Park Road interact is a specialized science called the Denali Road Ecology Program.

NPS Photo / Kent Miller

 
For over seventy years, the Denali Park Road has provided the primary access to Denali National Park and Preserve, facilitating wilderness recreational opportunities and supporting a sense of discovery, adventure, and a connection with nature.The Vehicle Management Plan (2012) is a tool that park managers use to ensure there is a balance between the demand for visitor opportunities to tour the road with the need to ensure that park resources are protected and visitors continue to have a safe, high-quality experience.

Interested in more information? Check out the Science and Scholarship Resources page to find more recommended resources about road ecology and other research topics from the park.
 
historic photo of two people stand next to a car on the Denali Park Road

History of the Park Road

From the 1920's to the present the Denali Park Road has been an important method of connecting visitors with their National Park.

a bus comes around a mountainside on a winding dirt road

Park Road Capacity Study

Learn more about a study that Denali designed to optimize visitor experience along the park road while protecting wildlife.

two bicyclists ride on a dirt road in the opposite direction of a bus

Vehicle Management Plan

The Vehicle Management Plan guides the management of the Denali Park Road experience.

 

Road Ecology Science Stories

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