There are only two roads that enter the park: The Nabesna Road and the McCarthy Road. Both are gravel roads that are owned and maintained by the state of Alaska and not the National Park Service. Both roads are usually passable to all vehicles during the summer months. For driving beyond Mile 29 of the Nabesna Road, a high clearance vehicle is recommended. Conditions can change quickly, so it's a good idea to stop by the Copper Center or Chitina visitor centers to check on current road conditions. You can also check with the Alaska Road Traveler Information Service for the latest conditions.
Driving a Rental?
Most major car rental companies in Anchorage do not let renters drive vehicles on gravel roads (but you should still ask). Several of the discount and independent rental companies do, but may have added expenses or requirements for such a rental. You may want to contact the following companies about renting a vehicle that you can drive on a gravel road. This list may not be complete. Please do a full internet search for more possibilities.
- Levi Car Rental 907-563-2279
- High Country Car Rental 907-562-8078
- A-1 Car Rental 907-929-1222
- Midnight Sun Car and Van Rental 907-243-8806
- Valley Car Rental (Wasilla) 907-775-2880
- Alaska Auto Rental (Fairbanks) 907-457-7368