The Denali road lottery is a special five-day event in Denali National Park. It allows park visitors to drive their own vehicles along the 92-mile park road to Kantishna, depending on weather and road conditions.

These five days in mid-September are the only time personal vehicles are allowed to drive past Savage River at Mile 15. The rest of the summer, park visitors take tour buses, shuttles, ride bicycles or walk to explore the park road.

Road lottery permit winners are allowed to bring any road legal vehicle under 22 feet into the park. Winners can bring as many people as the car can legally fit. The road lottery occurs after Labor Day, with 400 permits issued a day to the general public for four of the days and Saturday’s 400 permits reserved for U.S. military members and veterans.