Located at Mile 0.5 the Wilderness Access Center is where you can purchase bus tickets and arrange to stay in a park campground. Next door is the Backcountry Information Center, where you can get a free backpacking permit.
All non-narrated buses (transits, campers) depart from this building, as well as some of the narrated tour buses.
This building also houses a small gift shop, a coffee stand, and an information desk.
The Wilderness Access Center is operated by our concessioner, Doyon/ARAMARK Joint Venture.
Dates and Hours of Operation
This facility is open each year from May 19 to mid-September. For most of the summer, it is open 5 am to 7 pm daily for bus departures and coffee. The ticket desk is open 7 am to 7 pm daily. Hours may vary during shoulder seasons.
If you arrive after 7 pm and need to check into a campground or pick up bus tickets, you can do so until 11 pm at the Riley Creek Mercantile, located in Riley Creek Campground.