Note: If any of your children traveling with you are in fourth-grade this year, consider looking into the Every Kid in a Park program! It is a way for fourth graders and their families to get into any park, including Denali, for free.
Visiting Denali entails one or more fees. Each is briefly described here, and then explained in more detail lower on this page.
$10/person. There are a variety of passes (Denali specific or nationwide) that will cover your entrance fee.
If you are camping in summer (mid-May through mid-September), there are nightly fees to use park campgrounds. Some park passes (Senior Pass, Access Pass) provide camping fee discounts. Winter camping is free, and so is backpacking (though you need to acquire a free permit before backpacking).
Bus fees Summer bus trips (both narratedtour busesand non-narratedshuttle buses) cost money. The amount varies depending on your age and the type of bus trip. Park passes (e.g., Senior Pass, Annual Pass, etc) do not influence the ticket prices.
Special use fees
Most visitors don't need to worry about this category. This is for particular types of programs and permits, like mountaineers trying to climb Denali, or professionals selected for our Professional Photography Program.
Denali Entrance Fee - Per Person - $10.00
The park entrance fee is $10.00 per person (youth age 15 years or younger are free). This fee provides the visitor a 7-day entrance permit. It is charged year-round.
Where / How to Pay
You can pay the entrance fee before you show up, or once you are in the park.
Even if you have a Denali-specific or nationwide park pass (see below) already, you have to pay the entrance fee when you make an online or phone reservation. You will then be entitled to a refund of the entrance fee once you get here. Be ready to show a photo ID, your park pass, and proof of your pre-paid bus or campground reservation. Present those documents once you are in the park, either at theWilderness Access Centeror Riley Creek Mercantile (which is in Riley Creek Campground).
Once you are here Unlike many national parks, Denali does not have an entrance station or gate at the park entrance. Visitors who are not purchasing bus tickets or campground reservations should pay their entrance fee, or show their park pass, at theDenali Visitor Centerupon arriving in the park. Keep your pass or entrance fee receipt on you, so that if you buy bus tickets while you're here, you won't be charged the entrance fee a second time!
Educators, are you bringing a school group to the park? Learn whether or not you qualify for an educational fee waiver.
Park Passes (Annual and Lifetime)
You can buy Denali-specific or nationwide park passes while you're here. Some passes are life-long (e.g., Senior Pass, Access Pass) while others are good for a year.
Generally speaking, these passes waive the park entrance fee for the pass-holder and up to three fellow travelers (i.e., it can save a group up to $40 during a single visit!). Senior and Access nationwide passes also offer camping discounts, as described below. These passes do not provide any change to bus ticket prices.
Annual Pass At Denali, this pass waives your entrance fee (normally $10/person). See the entrance fees section, above, for how to get a refund if you pre-paid that fee but have one of these passes!
At Denali, this pass waives your entrance fee (normally $10/person) and gives a 50% reduction in nightly camping fees, if you choose to use our campgrounds. See the entrance fees section, above, for how you can get an entrance fee refund if you pre-paid that fee but have one of these passes!
Military Pass At Denali, this pass waives your entrance fee (normally $10/person). See the entrance fees section, above, for how to get a refund if you pre-paid that fee but have one of these passes!
Access Pass At Denali, this pass waives your entrance fee (normally $10/person) and gives a 100% reduction in nightly camping fees, if you choose to use our campgrounds. See the entrance fees section, above, for how you can get an entrance fee refund if you pre-paid that fee but have one of these passes!
Volunteer Pass - Free At Denali, this pass waives your entrance fee (normally $10/person). See the entrance fees section, above, for how to get a refund if you pre-paid that fee but have one of these passes!
Please note: The United States Geologic Survey (USGS), not the National Park Service (NPS), manages this inter-agency pass program.
Denali's year-round entrance fee is occasionally waived. In fact, a variety of holidays, as well as the annual "National Park Week" each spring, see entrance fees waived at all national parks. Learn more about upcoming fee-free days.
Generally speaking, a fee-free day just waives the park entrance fee. Costs for other activities, like bus trips or campground stays, will remain in effect during fee-free days.
Please note: Because the buses are operated by a private company (and not the National Park Service), the ticket price does not change if you have an Access or Senior pass. Those passes do alter nightly campground fees, however, as described above in the Passes section.
Shuttle Bus Tickets
Below are the base ticket prices for non-narrated shuttle buses. These prices do not include the park entrance fee ($10 / person).
Adult (16 and older)
Children (15 and under)
Toklat River (Mile 53)
Eielson Visitor Center (Mile 66)
Wonder Lake (Mile 85)
Kantishna (Mile 92)
Camper Bus (Variable)
As the table above indicates, children (15 and younger) ride free on all shuttle buses. They do still need a format ticket, however, when you are booking over the phone, online or in person at the park.
Shuttle Bus: The 3-For-2 Pass
Staying for three or more days in Denali? This pass allows one person to take three shuttle trips for the price of two tickets. The pass is not transferable or refundable. All dates must be specified at the time of purchase. The 3-for-2 Pass is available by phone or walk-in reservation only and does require individual tickets for each trip. Please ask your reservation agent for details.
Tour Bus Tickets
Note: The prices below for narrated tour buses do include the $10 park entrance fee. If you have an entrance pass already (e.g., a Senior Pass), see the nationwide pass section higher on this page to learn how you can get your entrance fee refunded.
Adult (16 and older)
Children (15 and younger)
Natural History Tour
Tundra Wilderness Tour
Teklanika Tundra Wilderness Tour*
*This is an abridged version of the Tundra Wilderness Tour, and is only offered in spring / fall when the full-length Tundra Wilderness Tour is not operating.
How to Make Shuttle or Tour Bus Reservations
Do you need to make reservations?
Shuttle buses The answer varies.If you're here for several days and have a flexible schedule, you can wait until you arrive to buy shuttle tickets. This can be useful if you want to gauge the weather forecast, for example. However, visitors with very limited schedules (e.g., only one free day for a bus trip) or particularly large groups (e.g., 6 or more people) should reserve tickets in advance.
Tour buses Yes, advance reservations are strongly suggested.
Note: Reservations for bus trips and campground stays in a given summer are possible as early as December 1 of the year before your trip.
Within Denali National Park and Preserve there are six campgrounds of varying size and distance from the developed area at the entrance to the park. You may camp a total of 14 days per year in Denali's campgrounds. Site sizes vary, however, and there are a limited number of sites that may accommodate recreational vehicles (RV's) up to 40' in length.
This information is for camping in established campgrounds. Backcountry camping is described elsewhere, and is free (though you must still acquire a permit to backpack).
Summer (mid-May through mid-September) reservations can be made for four of these campgrounds via www.reservedenali.com. Sanctuary River and Igloo Creek are open to tent campers only (no RVs or cars), and can only be booked upon arriving in the park. Reservations are for a site type (i.e., size), not a specific campsite in the campground; once you arrive at your campground, you'll pick your specific campsite.
A sites: up to 40'
B sites: <30'
C sites: Tent only
Free in winter (mid-Sep through May 14). No hookups. RV fill/dump station available in summer.
A sites: $28
May 20 to Sep 19
No hookups. No dump/fill station (use Riley)
May 20 to Sep 14
Access only by camper bus.
May 20 to Sep 19
No hookups. No dump/fill station (use Riley). 3-night minimum stay if driving car/RV to Tek.
May 20 to Sep 14
Access only by camper bus
June 8 to Sep 14
Access only by camper bus. Be prepared for lots of mosquitoes!
Fees for Other Activities
In addition to camping and bus trips, some other activities require reservations and cost money.
Climbing Denali or Mount Foraker requires advance registration and a pre-paid mountaineering fee.
The public may apply to a lottery system, wherein winners may buy a permit to drive the park road in the fall. Fees are charged to enter the lottery, and winners pay a fee for their driving permit.
(907) 683-9532 General park information. The phone is answered 9 am - 4 pm daily, except on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. If you reach the voicemail, please leave a message with your number and we'll call you back as soon as we finish helping the visitor on the line ahead of you.