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Denali Park Road Map
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Tours
Experience the best of the Park, with an awe-inspiring interpretive tour
Campgrounds
Six campgrounds, all unique in location and access they provide
Shuttle Buses
Enjoy Denali's vast landscapes and unparalleled beauty

Grizzly Bear
Grizzly Bear
Grizzly Bear
Grizzly Bear
Caribou
Caribou
Wonder Lake
Wonder Lake
Mt. McKinley
Mt. McKinley
Bull Moose
Bull Moose
Lynx
Lynx
Northern Lights / Aurora Borealis
Northern Lights / Aurora Borealis
Young Grizzly Bear
Young Grizzly Bear
Dall Sheep
Dall Sheep
Fox
Fox
Wonder Lake
Wonder Lake
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Shuttles

What is the difference between a tour and a shuttle bus?
How does the Visitor Transportation Shuttle work?
How do I purchase a ticket?
Are there restroom facilities in the park?
What should I bring with me?
Children are traveling with me - do I need anything extra for them?
Where do I board my shuttle bus?
I'm staying at Teklanika, Sanctuary or Igloo. How do I catch my Visitor Transportation Shuttle?
I am planning to spend some time in the backcountry - what bus should I book?

Tours

I've made my tour reservation, now what?

Campgrounds

Can I have a fire at my campsite?

General

What is your firearm policy?
Where can I do laundry?
How can I find out more information about Denali National Park and Preserve?
How long will it take to get to Denali from Anchorage?
From Fairbanks?

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Shuttles

What is the difference between a tour and a shuttle bus?
The Visitor Transportation Shuttle (VTS) is designed for visitors who would like to spend more time exploring the wilderness of Denali National Park and Preserve on their own, without a tour guide.  When safety conditions allow, your driver will be happy to let you off the bus so you can hike, bike, search for wildflowers, take memorable photos or simply sit in the tundra and listen to the land. The VTS buses are green to designate them from tour buses for your convenience. When you would like to return to Denali’s Front Country, proceed to the Park Road to safely flag down a bus and enjoy the ride! Please note that these are a transit system, meant to get visitors from point A to point B and do not include a guided narrative, as the tours do.


There are four tours available in Denali National Park and Preserve. The Denali Natural History Tour focuses on the natural and cultural history of the area while the Tundra Wilderness Tour affords visitors the opportunity to travel further along the Park Road to explore Denali’s pristine wilderness.  The Windows into Wilderness Tour takes guests to mile 30 on the park road focuses on the conservation in the park interpreted by an Athabascan Cultural interpreter. The Kantishna Experience, our longest tour, takes you to the ‘End of the Road’ to explore the Gold Rush town of Kantishna in the heart of Denali.  All tours are led by an Interpretive Driver Naturalist who will assist you in further exploring the wilderness, wildlife and history of Denali.

How does the Visitor Transportation Shuttle work?
The VTS system is designed to allow you the flexibility to explore Denali on your own terms.  Communicate with your driver that you would like to exit the bus and they will stop as road conditions allow.  From here you can hike, bike, search for wildflowers, take photos and explore Denali’s landscapes up close and personal.  When you would like to explore elsewhere, flag down a green bus and continue your journey.  Please be aware that weather changes rapidly in Denali National Park and Preserve.  Visitors should prepare by carrying rain gear, an additional layer for warmth, snacks and plenty of water. Note that these are a transit system, meant to get visitors from point A to point B and do not include narrative tours.

How do I purchase a ticket?
Tickets may be purchased online or may be purchased onsite at the Wilderness Access Center. 65% of Visitor Transportation Shuttle seats are available for advance purchase in an effort to guarantee availability for onsite purchases in Denali.  Advance purchase can be done in the following ways:

  1. Book Online - you will need a valid e-mail address for confirmation purposes.
  2. By phone – Call 800.622.7275 (within the US) or 907.272.7275
    outside the US.

Tickets may also be purchased in the park at the Wilderness Access Center. The remaining 35% of Visitor Transportation Shuttle seats are available for walk in purchase within two days of shuttle departure.

Are there restroom facilities in the park?
Yes - All buses stop approximately every hour and a half for a restroom break.

What should I bring with me?
Suggested items to bring include: food, water, warm clothes, raingear, walking shoes or boots, insect repellant, camera, batteries and film, binoculars and personal medications as necessary.

Please note: There is NO food available in the park, after leaving the Wilderness Access Center. However, there is water available at Eielson Visitor Center.

Children are traveling with me – do I need anything extra for them?
Alaska State law requires children to be seated in a car or buses in a booster seat as follows:

  • Children younger than 1 year of age or less than 20 pounds (9 kilograms) must be in a rear facing infant seat.
  • Children 1 to 4 years and at least 20 pounds (9 kilograms) must be in a child restraint.
  • Children 4 through 7 years who are less than 57 inches (1.4 meters) tall or less than 65 pounds (30 kilograms) must be in a booster seat.
    • Booster seats are no longer required for children ages 4-7 once they reach 57 inches (1.4 meters) tall or weigh 65+ pounds (30 kilograms).

Parents are responsible for providing their own booster seat(s).

Where do I board my shuttle bus?
All shuttle buses other than Camper Buses must be boarded at the Wilderness Access Center. Camper Buses will pick up at the Riley Creek Campground Bus Shelter prior to going to the Wilderness Access Center. Visitors staying at Savage Campground can board the bus at the Savage Campground bus stop.  More information can be found at the Wilderness Access Center when checking in for your camp site.

I'm staying at Teklanika, Sanctuary or Igloo. How do I catch my Visitor Transportation Shuttle?
A campground pickup request can be made at the Wilderness Access Center when checking in for your camp site.  More information regarding shuttle pick up times can be found on the schedule postings at each bus stop.

I am planning to spend some time in the backcountry – what bus should I book?
Upon arrival in Denali, backcountry campers should make Camper Bus reservations at the Wilderness Access Center. You will need to obtain a Backcountry Permit from the National Park Service Backcountry Information Center before purchasing your bus ticket. Learn more about the Backcountry Permit System.

Please note that smoking or consumption of alcoholic beverages is not permitted on shuttle buses.

Tours

I’ve made my tour reservation, now what?
When making an online reservation, you will be sent an e-mail confirmation which lists your departure date and either morning or afternoon tour. Once you arrive at Denali National Park & Preserve, take your e-mail confirmation to the Wilderness Access Center, up to three days prior tour departure date, and exchange it for your bus ticket and confirmed departure time. You can also make your reservation in person at the Wilderness Access Center.

Campgrounds

Can I have a fire at my campsite?
Fires are permitted only in the fire rings at Riley Creek, Savage and Teklanika Campgrounds.  Fires are not permitted at any other campgrounds or when backcountry camping.  Firewood can be purchased at the Riley Creek Mercantile in the Denali Front Country.

General

What is your firearm policy?
A passenger/guest may not carry/possess a gun on board a Tour Bus or Kantishna Experience Bus, at the Riley Creek Mercantile, Morino Grill, or Denali Bookstore. A passenger/guest may carry/possess a gun on board a VTS bus, at the WAC or within the Riley Creek Campground or Savage River Campground so long as the gun is locked in a closed container and is not loaded.

Where can I do laundry?
The Riley Creek Mercantile has a public laundry available for a fee. It is located on the grounds of the Riley Creek Campground one half mile along the Park Road.

How can I find out more information about Denali National Park and Preserve?
Go to: www.nps.gov/dena.

How long will it take to get to Denali from Anchorage?
It is 236 miles (380 km) from Anchorage to Denali National Park & Preserve. The George Parks Highway is a direct route to the park and is easily passable in the summer. Caution should be taken in inclement weather. Large mammals such as moose and bear can be found along this road corridor. Their behavior is unpredictable, so drivers should proceed with caution and drive slowly when wildlife is nearby as traffic permits.

From Fairbanks?
It is 125 miles (201 km) from Fairbanks to Denali National Park & Preserve.  The George Parks Highway is a direct route to the park and is easily passable in the summer.  Caution should be taken in inclement weather. Large mammals such as moose and bear can be found along this road corridor.  Their behavior is unpredictable, so drivers should proceed with caution and drive slowly when wildlife is nearby as traffic permits.


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