ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Denali National Park officials say this year’s Denali Road Lottery will take entries by phone and mail, after concerns from the public about plans for an online-only lottery system.
Entries for the lottery, which distributes driving passes from Sept. 16 through Sept. 19 for the typically tour-bus-only park road, are being taken this month. Only one entry per person is permitted, with duplicate entries disqualified.
A non-refundable $10 entry fee will be charged to all applicants. Winners will also be billed a $25 road lottery fee payable by Aug. 15, which will be refunded if the park road doesn’t open by 2 p.m. on the day of their permits. In addition, winners not holding an appropriate federal recreation pass will have to pay a $20 park entrance fee when they arrive at the park.
Phone entries will be accepted from June 17 to June 30 at (877) 444-6777, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Alaska time.
Mailed entries should include a legible return address with the applicant’s first and last names on the envelope, as well as desired September permit dates in order of preference on the back. A check or money order to cover the lottery’s entry fee should be enclosed, and an optional email address will allow for quicker notification of winners.
The address for mailed entries, which will be accepted if they’re received by June 30 or returned if they arrive later, is:
Denali National Park and Preserve
P.O. Box 9
Denali Park, AK 99755
Online entries are being accepted through June 30 at the federal recreation.gov website. Full information on the lottery is available on the park’s website, which will post a full list of winners by July 15.