2016 Road Lottery Entry Period Begins May 1

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Date: April 1, 2016
Contact: Lynn McAloon, (907) 683-6381
Contact: Denali Park Information, (907) 683-9532

The 2016 annual Denali National Park and Preserve Road Lottery will take place Sept. 16-20.

Public Road Lottery days are Sept. 16, 18, 19 and 20 (Friday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday).

Saturday, Sept. 17 is Military Appreciation Day, dedicated to active duty service members and their families stationed in Alaska. The permits will be distributed to military personnel through their internal channels.

Road Lottery and Military Appreciation Day offer visitors a unique way to experience the park, the opportunity to travel in their private vehicles along the 92 ­mile Denali Park Road. During the summer season, private vehicles are only permitted along the first 13 miles of the road; visitors who wish to explore the park’s backcountry board one of the park’s shuttle buses to traverse miles 13 to 92.

On public Road Lottery days, 400 permit-holders may use their day-specific permits, obtained through the lottery system, to travel the Denali Park Road in their personal vehicles.

The public may enter the lottery online at recreation.gov beginning at 12:01 am, May 1 until 11:29 pm, May 31(Alaska time). Entries will also be accepted by phone at (877) 444-6777, 6 am – 8 pm (Alaska time) May 1 - 31. Entries are no longer accepted by regular mail.

A non-refundable entry fee of $10 will be charged to a credit or debit card during the online or phone application process. Permit winners will be charged a $25 Road Lottery fee to the same card at the time of the drawing in June. The $25 fee will not be refunded if the park road does not open on the day of the permit due to weather or road conditions. Entrants will be notified of their status regardless of the results. Entrants whose names are drawn will be notified by June 18. Each permit winner will receive an email confirming the day of the permit, as well as information about how to obtain the road permit and prepare for a successful visit to the park.

Every permit holder must pay the park entrance fee ($10 per person age 16 or older) on the day of the permit unless the permit holder, or one of the permit-holder’s vehicle passengers, has a Denali Annual Pass or a federal recreation pass. Information about the America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass (Annual, Senior, Access or Volunteer), or U.S. Military Annual Pass. Learn more about park passes. Federal recreation passes may also be purchased, or the one-time entrance fee paid, when collecting your permit at the Denali Park Visitor Center.

Military personnel who wish to participate in Military Appreciation Day are encouraged to read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section at the bottom of our road lottery page. Park and military leadership will work in partnership to distribute the 400 passes for Military Appreciation Day.

Oversized vehicles are restricted on certain portions of the Denali Park Road. More information about specific size limits is available on the park’s road lottery page, in the FAQ section at the bottom of the page.

The possibility of inclement weather is always a factor. In the past the park road has only been partially open for Road Lottery because of snow. Lottery participants are encouraged to check park conditions online or contact us by phone at 907-683-9532 for updated road and weather information the day before or the morning of their permit.

The Riley Creek, Savage River and Teklanika River campgrounds will be open through Road Lottery weekend, weather permitting. Campsites are not included in the road permit, but can be reserved in advance via reservedenali.com or 800- 622-7275.

Information about campgrounds and accommodations outside the park is available from the Denali Chamber of Commerce (907- 683-4636).

Read more about the road lottery or call us at 907- 683-9532, 9 am -4:00 pm daily.

Last updated: April 1, 2016

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