Learn and Explore
Some park operations are currently altered due to the Pretty Rocks Landslide. The closure of the Denali Park Road at Mile 43 is expected to remain in place through summer 2024, while the Polychrome Area Plan is implemented.
The details below supersede all other trip-planning information. If you encounter discrepancies between other parts of our website and this information, go with what you see below.
The National Park Service follows CDC guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for helping to keep yourself and others safe and healthy.
Mask requirements are based on the CDC COVID-19 Community Levels for the Denali Borough and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.
Current COVID-19 community level for the Denali Borough (Denali Visitor Center, Kennels, Park Road, etc) : LOW
Facilities and services in the park are limited during the winter season (mid-September to mid-May).
Visitor Center and Other Facilities
Most ranger-led programs are only offered in the summer. Short ranger chats or walks may be offered at the Winter Visitor Center. Topics and times vary, ask at the visitor center for details.
Check the calendar and ask a ranger at the visitor center to learn about other programs and special events.
Riley Creek Campground is open for free winter camping on a first-come, first-serve basis. Toilets are available, but no running water, electric hookups, or other services are provided. All other campgrounds are closed for the winter season.
Entrance Fees and Passes
Entrance fees to Denali are required. You may pay your park entrance fees online or in person upon arrival to the entrance area of the park (credit cards only, no cash). You must be able to show a park pass or proof of online purchase (on a mobile device or printed receipt) if asked by a park ranger. Discounted or free annual and lifetime passes are also available to select groups; learn more about fees and passes in Denali.
The summer season begins on May 15 each year. Summer 2023 (through 2024) operations will be affected by the ongoing Pretty Rocks Landslide and the associated closure of the Denali Park Road at Mile 43. To learn more about plans to address the landslide, see the Polychrome Area Plan.
Below, the primary changes to summer operations are highlighted. Most other visitor center facilities and services in the park will operate as normal. More details will be added as the summer season approaches.
Note that bus and campground reservations can be made as early as December 1, for the following summer.
Conditions on the Denali Park Road
The map below illustrates which parts of the park road are open to private vehicles (thick green line), open to bus traffic (thin black line, summer only), or closed (thin red line). Icons also indicate which park campgrounds are open.
Other red areas on the map show wildlife closures, which are closed to all entry due to nesting or denning activity or sites where a bear or wolf is feeding on a carcass. Temporary wildlife closures (lasting less than 24 hours) may also be in place and not appear on the map; always check at the visitor center upon arrival for the latest information before hiking.
Last updated: November 30, 2022