Fees & Passes

Entrance Fees and Passes

Where to Pay

Pay In Person

  • At the Denali Visitor Center during the summer season (May 15 to mid-September)
  • At the Winter Visitor Center (also called the Murie Science and Learning Center) during the fall, winter, and spring. This location accepts credit cards only.
  • At the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station (open year-round)
  • Using the Automated Fee Machine located outside the Murie Science and Learning Center. The individual entrance fee and Denali Annual Pass are available here by credit card only.

Pay Online

America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes

The America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series (Interagency Passes) provide entrance and standard amenity fees (day-use fees) to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas within six cooperating agencies across the United States.

Children ages 15 or under are free. The Senior Pass and Access Pass may provide discounts on camping fees. Read about campground fees below for more information.

Interagency passes include:

  • Annual Pass: $80
  • Annual Military Pass (current US military and dependents): Free
  • Lifetime Military Pass (US military veterans and Gold Star Families): Free*
  • Annual Fourth Grade Pass (US students in fourth grade): Free**
  • Annual Senior Pass (US citizens or permanent residents, age 62 and older): $20
  • Lifetime Senior Pass (US citizens or permanent residents, age 62 and older): $80
  • Lifetime Access Pass (permanently disabled US citizens or permanent residents: Free
  • Annual Volunteer Pass (250 hours of volunteer service at any of the six participating federal agencies is required): Free

*Find detailed information about the new Lifetime Military Pass, including who qualifies, acceptable forms of identification, and how to download a Gold Star Family voucher.
**Download and print a voucher before visiting.

Bus Fees

Sightseeing by bus is the primary way to experience Denali in the summer. There are two types of buses:

  • Non-narrated transit buses: The entrance fee is not included in the price of a transit bus ticket. In addition to purchasing a bus ticket, you will need to pay the individual entrance fee, purchase a pass, or bring your current annual or lifetime pass with you. Transit bus tickets are free for those age 15 and under.

  • Narrated tour buses: The $15 individual entrance fee is included in the price of a tour bus ticket. If you have an annual or lifetime pass (i.e., an Interagency Pass or the Denali Annual Pass), you are entitled to a refund of the fee. Go to the Denali Bus Depot or Riley Creek Mercantile with your pass, photo ID, and bus reservation information to receive the refund.

Where to Buy Bus Tickets

Reservations for bus trips and campground stays are available beginning December 1 of the year before your trip.

  1. Make bus and campground reservations online. This is the fastest way to make reservations.
  2. Call 1-800 622-7275 (U.S. and Canada) or 907 272-7275 (international and Anchorage local)
  3. In person at the Denali Bus Depot

Campground fees apply for camping in developed campgrounds. Backcountry camping requires a free permit.

There are six developed campgrounds in Denali. Some are open to tents only and others can accommodate RVs up to 40' in length.

Summer (mid-May through mid-September) reservations can be made at www.reservedenali.com. Senior Pass and Access Pass holders receive 50% off nightly camping fees.

Climbing Denali or Mount Foraker requires advance registration and a pre-paid mountaineering fee.

On five days in 2023, Denali and all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendar for these entrance-fee-free dates in 2023 and come explore YOUR national parks:

Read additional information about the 2023 Free Entrance Days.

Other fees such as bus reservation, camping, bus tours, and fees collected by third parties ahead of time, are not included unless stated otherwise.

Last updated: January 20, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

PO Box 9
Denali Park, AK 99755


907 683-9532
A ranger is available 9 am to 4 pm daily (except on major holidays). If you reach the voicemail, please leave a message and we'll call you back as soon as we finish with the previous caller.

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