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Visiting Denali during a pandemic is going to be a little bit confusing!
Park Operations Altered Due to COVID-19Below is a list of information pertinent to trip planners in fall 2020. If you encounter discrepancies between other parts of our website and this information, go with what you see below. This supercedes all other trip planning information during this pandemic.
Visitor Centers & Other Facilities
Entrance Fees & Passes
Entrance fees to Denali are required. Visitors can learn about fees & passes in Denali and pay their park entrance fees online in advance, or upon arrival to the entrance area of the park. The Denali Annual Pass is also available for purchase online. Please note that after September 28th, the only option to pay your park entrance fee is by doing so online.
Campers are asked to do their part in maintaining social distancing. Bring all supplies for adequate sanitation. It is the responsibility of each camper to understand current Alaska State Health Mandates and their applicability to visitors' camping experience.
Private Vehicle Access on the Denali Park Road in 2020
Starting September 23, 2020, any visitor may drive as far as Teklanika River (Mile 29) in their own private, non-commercial vehicle; no reservation or permit is necessary. Visitors may drive to Teklanika any time of the day or night, although camping (other than backpacking) is only permitted in Riley Creek Campground during fall and winter.
The road remains open to Teklanika until wintry weather cause the closure of the road. This could occur any time from late September through October. In some years, the road remains open to Savage River (Mile 15) if the conditions are only wintry between there and Teklanika River. We only plow from the entrance to Park Headquarters (Mile 3), however, so eventually the road will only be open for 3 miles, once snow falls between Headquarters and Savage River.
Conditions on the Denali Park Road
The map below illustrates which parts of the park road are open to private vehicles (thick green line) and, in summer, to bus traffic (thin black line). Red indicates sections of road closed. Icons also indicate which park campgrounds are open.
Last updated: October 1, 2020