Most people who have ever traveled the Denali Park Road that leads to the old mining site of Kantishna have gone by bus (and what a great trip that is!). The road lies in the heart of 6-million-acre Denali National Park and Preserve.
It starts at the Parks Highway at 237 Mile and travels 92 miles through some of the thickest wildlife and greatest scenery Alaska has to offer. While the first 15 miles of the road is open to private traffic, the only way to see what lies beyond is usually on one of the park’s shuttle buses, which transport thousands of tourists into the park each summer.
Unless you happen to be one of the lucky winners in the annual Denali Park Road lottery. And now is your chance to enter!
The 2011 road lottery is scheduled for Sept. 16-19. The application period is June 1-30. Online application forms will be available at
from 12:01 a.m. June 1 until midnight on June 30. There is a non-refundable entry fee of $10 for each application.
As part of the all online application process, lottery winners also will be billed the $25 road lottery fee when they are drawn instead of paying it when they show up at the park. Lottery winners will pay the $25 fee whether or not they show up to drive the road. There are always lottery winners who don’t show up andthey have never had 400 people on the road.
The $25 fee will only be refunded if the road does not open by 2 p.m. because of weather or road conditions on the day of the permit. And if itis passable just part way you’ll only go that far.
In addition to the $25 road lottery fee, all permit winners must pay a $20 park entrance fee.
Everyone who submits an entry will be notified by email. Lottery winners also will receive a letter confirming the day of their permit, with additional information on how to obtain the road permit and how to prepare for the drive into the park.
Names of lottery winners will be posted on the park’s website by July 15.
Permits will still be transferable in that the person awarded the permit can give it to someone else if they are not able to go. The person transferring the permit must provide the original notification and a short note explaining the transfer to the new permit holder, who must bring that documentation to the park when they check in to get their permit.