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English: Upper East Fork Patrol Cabin, Denali ...

English: Upper East Fork Patrol Cabin, Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska. Known as Upper East Fork Cabin No. 29 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Entrance to Denali National Park & Preserve won’t cost you the earth, in fact, on some days it won’t cost you anything at all. There are some free free days when entrance to the park is . . . FREE. The free part is entrance to the park, you’ve gotta’ pay for other stuff like reservations, camping and tours. Anyway, these are the days when entrance was free in 2012, the days don’t change much throughout the years, but the dates do change slightly.

Denali National Park & Preserve Fee Free Days 2012

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend – 14 – 16 January
  • National Park Week – 21 – 29 April
  • Get Outdoors Day – 9 June
  • National Public Lands Day – September 29
  • Veterans Day weekend – 10 – 12 November

If you want to visit Denali National Park on a day when it isn’t free, don’t worry about it, it’s still very reasonable.

  • $10 per person for anyone aged over 15 years, youngsters get free entry. The fee covers entrance to the park for a full seven days.
  • $40 will buy you an annual pass into Denali National Park, and annual means just that, entrance to the park for a full 12 months. This includes the pass holder plus up to three more adults.

Denali National Park & Preserve Shuttle Bus Prices – 2012

The thing you’ve gotta’ remember when you read about prices on the internet is that they are subject to change . . . these were the prices for 2012, they might increase slightly for 2013, by 2014 they might increase a bit more. This is just to give you a general idea. The first price is for adults of 18 years or more, the second price is for young adults between 15 and 17 years – kids 14 and under ride for free.

  • Toklat River – $26.75 – $13.50
  • Eielson Visitor Center – $34.00 – $17.00
  • Wonder Lake – $46.00 – $23.00
  • Kantishna – $50.00 – $25.00
  • Camper Pass – $34.00 – $17.00

Denali National Park & Preserve Tour Bus Prices – 2012

These prices are a little bit different, in that the first price is for anybody aged 15 years and over, the second price is for children aged 14 years and younger.

  • Natural History Tour – $66.50 – $33.25
  • Tundra Wilderness Tour – $113.25 – $56.75
  • Teklanika Tundra Wilderness Tour – $73.25 – $36.50
  • Kantishna Experience Tour – $159 – $79.50

Mountaineering Fees in Denali National Park & Preserve

Any budding mountaineers who want to climb (or attempt to climb) either Mount McKinley or Mount Foraker must register at least 60 days prior to their trip with the Talkeetna Ranger Station. A fee of $350 will be charged (at the moment, this could change) for every member of the expedition, but climbers who will be aged 24 years or younger at the start of the climb can pay a reduced fee of $250. You must make an advance reservation and check in and out of the ranger station.

Camping in Denali National Park & Preserve

There are six campgrounds in Denali National Park & Preserve, each having a variety of facilities on offer. Sites can be reserved on 1 800 622 7275.  Camping is permitted for a total of 14 days per year in the park.

Riley Creek Campground – This 147 site campground is located just inside Denali National Park & Preserve.  The largest of all Denali National Park campgrounds there are some sites which can accommodate both tents and RV’s of up to 40′ long, although there are no electrical hook-ups or water for the RV’s – there is a general store, laundry facilities, shower house and a dump/fill station for the RV’s.

  • Camp sites are labelled “A”, “B” and “C”.
  • “A” sites can accommodate tents or RV’s up to 40′ – $28 per night
  • “B” sites can accommodate tents and RV’s less than 30′ – $22
  • “C” sites are walk-in, tent only sites – $14
  • Site fees are waivered during the winter.
  • A maximum of 8 people plus one vehicle or RV is permitted per site.
  • Generators are permitted between the hours of 8am – 10am and 4pm – 8pm only, with quiet hours between the hours of 10pm and 6am.
  • Food and scented items must be kept in hard sided vehicles or within the animal proof lockers provided.
  • Fires are permitted only in the grates provided.
  • Pets are welcome, the feces must be disposed of in garbage cans and the pet food contained either in the vehicle or food locker.

Savage River Campground – Located on the Park Road at Mile 13, there are 33 sites at the Savage River Campground. There are no electric or water hook-ups for RV’s, but there is potable water. This campground does not have any shower or laundry facilities.
  • Camp sites are labelled “A” and “B”.
  • “A” sites can accommodate tents and RV’s up to 40′ – $28 per night
  • “B” sites can accommodate tents and RV’s less than 30′ – $22 per night
  • Group sites are available at $40 per night
  • A maximum of 8 people plus one vehicle or RV is permitted per site.
  • Flush and pit vault toilets are located on the campsite.
  • Picnic tables at all sites.
  • Fire grates at all sites.
  • Generators permitted between the hours of 8am – 10am and 4pm – 8pm only. Quiet hours between 10pm and 6am.
  • Food and scented items must be kept in hard sided vehicles or within the animal proof lockers provided.
  • Fires are permitted only in the grates provided.
  • Pets are welcome, the feces must be disposed of in garbage cans and the pet food contained either in the vehicle or food locker.

Sanctuary River Campground – Located on the Park Road at Mile 23, this campground is open to tent campers only, with a total of 7 sites. You can reserve a place at this campground at the Wilderness Access Center, no more than two days before you want to camp. This is a primitive campground with no potable water or electricity.

  • All campsites are $9 per night, plus $4 reservation fee.
  • There are pit vault toilets close to the campground entrance.
  • You must bring your own purification tablets or water filter.
  • Quiet hours are between 10pm and 6am.
  • All food and scented items must be kept in the food locker close to the campground entrance.
  • Fires are not permitted at this campground.
  • Pets are not permitted on the camp buses (this campground is accessible by the camper bus – the stop being only 100 meters away).

Teklanika River Campground – This 53 site campground is located on the Park Road at Mile 29. This campground can accommodate tents and RV’s up to 40′, however, any vehicles at the campground must abide by strict rules. There are no electrical or water hook-ups provided for RV’s. This campground does have potable water but there are no shower or laundry facilities.

  • This campground is beyond Mile 15 where private vehicles must turn.
  • You may drive your RV to Tek but –
  • You must stay for a minimum of three nights
  • Your vehicle must remain in situ at the campsite during your stay
  • Your vehicle may only leave the campsite when you are traveling back
  • All sites are $16 per night, plus $4 reservation fee.
  • There are restrooms throughout the campground.
  • Picnic tables at all sites.
  • Fire grates at all sites.
  • Generators permitted between the hours of 8am – 10am and 4pm – 8pm only. Quiet hours between 10pm and 6am.
  • Food and scented items must be kept in hard sided vehicles or within the animal proof lockers provided.
  • Fires are permitted only in the grates provided.
  • Pets are welcome, the feces must be disposed of in garbage cans and the pet food contained either in the vehicle or food locker.

Igloo Creek Campground – This 7 site campground can be found on the Park Road at Mile 35. This campground is open to tent campers only. You can make a reservation for a site at this campground at the Wilderness Access Center, no more than two days before you want to camp. There is no electricity or potable water available here.

  • All sites are $9 per night, plus $4 reservation fee.
  • You must bring your own purification tablets or water filters.
  • Pit-vault toilets are located close to the campground entrance.
  • All food and scented items must be kept in the food locker close to the campground entrance.
  • Fires are not permitted at this campground, meals must be cooked on a camping stove.
  • Quiet hours are between 10pm and 6am.
  • Pets are not permitted on the camp buses (this campground is accessible by the camper bus – the stop being only 50 meters away).

Wonder Lake Campground – This 28 site campground is located on the Park Road at Mile 85. It is only open for tent campers. The campground does not have electricity but there is potable water.

  • All sites are $16 per night plus $4 reservation fee.
  • Potable water is available.
  • Toilets are located near the campground entrance.
  • Fires are not permitted at this campground.
  • Mosquitoes can be a problem here so you are advised to bring a head-net and plenty of bug spray.
  • All food and scented items must be kept in the food locker close to the campground entrance.
  • Quiet hours are between 10pm and 6am.
  • Fishing is permitted in Wonder Lake.
  • This is the closest campground to Mount McKinley.

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