A seemingly endless variety of amenities and activities await you in Denali National Park & Preserve. The Denali Visitor Center houses many interpretive displays to be enjoyed before heading to the shopping and dining facilities located on the Visitor Center Campus. Entrance Area shuttles provide access to the National Park Service Headquarters, Wilderness Access Center, Savage River, campgrounds, and other points of interest in Denali’s Front Country.
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2016 Dates of Operations: May 20 - September 16
|7:00 am - 11:00 pm||Peak Season|
|7:00 am - 10:00 pm||Off-Peak Season|
The Riley Creek Mercantile is located 1/2 mile along Park Road at the west end of Riley Creek Campground. Primarily a camper convenience store, the Mercantile offers firewood, groceries, and clothing as well as a number of other services and conveniences.
Located 0.75 miles inside Denali National Park & Preserve on Park Road, the Wilderness Access Center is the departure point for all shuttle buses and for tour passengers ticketed to depart from here. Online reservations are offered for Visitor Transportation Shuttle, tours, and campground sites.
The Denali Natural History Tour stops at the Wilderness Access Center for a viewing of Across Time and Tundra. This 20 minute interpretive film introduces visitors to early visitors to Mount McKinley National Park and the construction of the Park Road.
Inside the Wilderness Access Center are the following:
- Taiga Bean Coffee Shop: Offers fair trade Starbucks Coffee, box lunches, and other grab and go snacks.
- Tundra Browse: This small camper store and gift shop offers many items for last minute needs prior to heading on your tour, into the backcountry, or day trip on a shuttle bus. Raingear, sweatshirts, boots, sunglasses, and many other items are available for purchase at Tundra Browse.
The Denali Visitor Center Campus is located directly across from the train depot at Denali. The campus is home to the National Park Service’s Denali Visitor Center, featuring “Heartbeats of Denali,” a film playing twice hourly in the Visitor Center’s Karstens Theatre. The Morino Grill, Denali Bookstore, and Baggage Claim are located here to meet your dining and shopping needs.
The Denali Visitor Center is the primary visitor facility for Denali National Park & Preserve. Interpretive exhibits and ranger programs are provided throughout the summer for your enjoyment. Please visit the National Park Service website for more information.
- Morino Grill: Offers a variety of grab and go or sit down hot meals. Both breakfast and lunch are available here, offering grill items, wraps, salads, and fresh fruit among other items to meet a variety of tastes.
- Denali Bookstore: Offers an extensive collection of educational materials on the natural and cultural heritage of Denali. Your purchase from the Denali Bookstore supports park interpretive programs and helps produce educational materials. The Denali Bookstore also offers a variety of Denali memorabilia to help you remember your experience for years to come!
- Baggage Claim and Lost and Found: Located near Morino Grill, offers a secure place to store your bags and belongings while waiting for the train or traveling into the park for the day. From May 15 – Sep 16, Lost and Found can be reached at (907) 683-9275. Found items can be shipped to your home at your cost.
The following shuttles are available for the convenience of Denali’s visitors. The Doyon/Aramark Joint Venture, Denali National Park & Preserve’s authorized concessionaire, is happy to provide these services at no additional cost.
Riley Creek Loop Shuttle
The Riley Creek Loop shuttle bus provides transportation between bus stops in the Denali National Park & Preserve front country area. It services the Denali Visitor Center Campus, Train Depot, Wilderness Access Center, Riley Creek Mercantile, Riley Creek Campground, Horseshoe Lake Trailhead, and the Murie Science and Learning Center. Information about schedules and routes can be found at Denali Visitor Center or Wilderness Access Center.
Sled Dog Demonstration Bus
Denali National Park & Preserve is the only location in the National Park System to be patrolled by dog sled in the winter months. During the summer season, the National Park Service provides Sled Dog Demonstrations, offering the visitors an opportunity to meet these incredible and unique National Park Service employees up close. For your convenience, a free shuttle is available for this program. Buses depart from Denali Visitor Center Campus bus stop no later than 40 minutes before the demonstration and will return you to the same location after the program. Many lodges provide courtesy buses to the Denali Visitor Center Campus in time for the connection to the demonstration. More information about program schedules and shuttle stop locations is available at the Denali Visitor Center and the Wilderness Access Center.
Savage River Shuttle
Savage River Shuttle is a 2-hour roundtrip bus ride from the park entrance to the Savage River area at Mile 15 on Park Road. Walking trails, hiking, and great views of the Outer Alaska Ranges make this a wonderful location for an introduction to Denali National Park & Preserve. The Savage River Shuttle departs hourly in both directions during peak season. During shoulder season, departures are less frequent. More information about the Savage River Shuttle can be found at the Wilderness Access Center.