Road Ecology Program

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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.

History & Plans Leading Up to the Road Ecology Program

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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.

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Park Road Capacity Study

A study designed to optimize visitor experiences along the park road while protecting wildlife, & precursor to the Vehicle Management Plan.

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Vehicle Management Plan

This plan guides decisions about the Denali Park Road. The Road Ecology Program monitors how well the park adheres to the plan.


Road Ecology Science Stories

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    Last updated: July 26, 2021

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