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2012 Road Lottery Entry to start tomorrow! :)

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2012 Road Lottery Entry to start tomorrow! :)

Okay gang - here is your opportunity to try for a pass to drive the Denali Park road - good luck! :)

2012 Denali Road Lottery Entry Period Begins June 1

The 2012 annual road lottery in Denali National Park and Preserve will take place on September 14, 15, 16, and 17 (Friday through Monday), weather permitting. Each day 400 vehicles may use their day-long permits, obtained through the lottery system, to travel the Denali Park Road. If weather permits, the road may be open for its entire 92-mile length, offering exceptional opportunities for experiencing the heart of the park.

Beginning on 12:01 am on June 1, 2012 until midnight June 30, 2012 (Alaska time) entries may be made online at www.recreation.gov . Entries can also be done by phone at (877) 444-6777 between the hours of 6:00 am – 8:00 pm (Alaska time) from June 1 – 30, 2012.

The non-refundable entry fee payment of $10 will be charged to your credit card during the online or phone application process. Online and phone l ottery winners will be billed the $25 Road Lottery Fee at the time of the drawing. This fee will be refunded only if the Park Road does not open by 2:00 pm on the day of the permit, due to weather or road conditions.

Entries will also be accepted by mail. Please be certain that:

• A legible return address, including a first and last name (this is

needed for notification) is on the envelope. Include an email

address if available, as it will allow for quicker notification.

• Your desired dates, in order of preference, are on the back of the envelope. If no dates are provided, dates of September 14, 15, 16, and 17 will be assigned in that order.

• A check or money order for $10, made payable to the “National Park Service”, is included. This fee is non-refundable.

Entries should be sent to:

Road Lottery

Denali National Park and Preserve

P.O. Box 9

Denali Park, AK 99755

Entries sent by mail must be received by the park by June 30, 2012 in order to be included in the drawing. Submit entries early to make certain they arrive in time. Entries that arrive after the drawing will be returned. Lottery winners entering by mail will be a sent a bill of collection for the $25 Road Lottery Fee, which must be paid by August 15.

Everyone who submitted an entry will be notified regarding the status of their entry via email or U.S. mail if an email address is not provided. Those who are drawn in the lottery will also receive a letter confirming the day of their permit, with additional information on how to obtain the road permit and how to prepare for their visit to the park.

By July 15, the names of individuals drawn for permits will also be posted on the park website at nps.gov/dena/planyourvisit/road-lottery.htm.

All permit holders must pay the park entrance fee of $10 per person (for visitors age 16 or older) on the day of their permit unless they have a federal recreation pass such as the Denali Annual Pass or the America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass (Annual, Senior, Access, or Volunteer). Go to nps.gov/dena/…feesandreservations.htm for more information.

Permits are transferable, i.e. the person awarded the permit can give it to someone else if they are not able to participate that weekend. 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 for their road permit.

The possibility of inclement weather in September is always a factor. Some years the road has only been partially open because of snow. Lottery participants are encouraged to visit the park website for updated road and weather information the day before or the morning of their permit.

The Riley Creek, Savage River, and Teklanika River campgrounds will be open through the weekend, weather permitting. Campsites are not included in the road permit, but can be reserved in advance via www.reservedenali.com or

800- 622-7275. Information on campgrounds and accommodations outside the park is available through the Denali Chamber of Commerce at www.denalichamber.com or 907- 683-4636.

Lottery information is available on the park website at nps.gov/dena/planyourvisit/road-lottery.htm or by calling park headquarters at 907- 683-9532 from 8 am -4:30 pm daily. Additional park information is available on the web at www.nps.gov/dena. Stay connected with "DenaliNPS" on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, and iTunes – links to these social media sites are available at www.nps.gov/dena.

Edited: 31 May 2012, 17:16
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1. Re: 2012 Road Lottery Entry to start tomorrow! :)

Not sure what the Denali Road Lottery weekend is all about? Check out my travel journal from last year's event: igougo.com/journal-j76184-Denali-Denali_Nati… .

While I had been to Denali in the past, nothing compares to being there in the fall, driving on your own. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is thinking about fall in the park!

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2. Re: 2012 Road Lottery Entry to start tomorrow! :)

Thanks for the reminder, I was just talking to my husband about this year's trip would depend on the Lottery. I think I might head somewhere else if the I don't get a lottery spot.

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3. Re: 2012 Road Lottery Entry to start tomorrow! :)

Thanks for the info - I almost forgot about this!

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4. Re: 2012 Road Lottery Entry to start tomorrow! :)

Do rental companies allow the vehicles on the park road for the lottery weekend?

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5. Re: 2012 Road Lottery Entry to start tomorrow! :)

When I researched it for last year's lottery, most will not if you tell them that is your purpose. I rented from Rent a Wreck in Fairbanks who allowed it with the vehicle I rented.

That said, I do know of people who did take their otherwise "prohibited" vehicles w/o incident. (Most company's rental agreements state no gravel or unpaved roads.)

Just depends on how much risk you want to take on if you run into a problem.

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