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Denali National Park Road Lottery Entry
Period Changes - Online Entries Available

By Kris Fister, Denali National Park
SPECIAL TO ALASKA PIONEER PRESS
DENALI –  The 2009 annual road lottery in Denali National Park and Preserve is taking
place on September 18, 19, 20, and 21 (Friday through Monday), weather
permitting. A total of 400 vehicles per day will be issued permits through
a lottery system to travel the Denali Park Road after the park’s shuttle
bus system ceases operations for the season. If weather permits, the road
could be open for its entire 92-mile length, offering exceptional
opportunities for experiencing the heart of the park.
Effective in 2009, lottery entries must entered on the web or postmarked
between June 1-30, a month earlier than in previous years. The entry period
was changed based on requests from previous road lottery participants, as
it will provide more time for those who obtain lottery slots to make travel
arrangements for visiting the park
Beginning on June 1, 2009 until midnight on June 30, 2009, an online entry
form will be available at www.pay.gov.  The entry fee payment of $10 may be
made by credit card, or direct deposit from a bank account.
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.
-- Your desired dates, in order of preference, are on the back of the
envelope. If no dates are provided, dates of September 18, 19, 20,
and 21 will be assigned in that order.
--   A check of money order for $10, made payable to the “National Park
Service”, is included. This  fee is non-refundable.
Only one entry per person is allowed, and duplicate entries will be
disqualified. Entries received without  the $10 fee will be returned.
Entries should be sent to:
           Road Lottery
           Denali National Park and Preserve
           P.O. Box 9
           Denali Park, AK 99755
Entries done via regular mail must be postmarked no later than June 30,
2009 and must arrive in the park by July 7 to be included in the drawing. S
ubmit entries early to make certain they arrive in time!  Entries that
arrive after the drawing will be returned. The names of individuals
selected for permits will be posted on the park website at www.nps.gov/dena
by July 15.
Everyone who submitted an entry will be notified by U.S. mail on the status
of their entry, and those who are selected for permits will also receive a
letter confirming the day of their permit, with additional information on
how to obtain the road permit and prepare for their visit to the park. A
$25, non-refundable fee will be required on the day the permit is picked up
at the park. In addition, permit holders must pay the park entrance fee of
$20 per vehicle 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).
Permits are transferable, i.e. the person who was awarded the permit can
give it to someone else if they are not able to participate that weekend.
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.
Lottery information is available on the park website at www.nps.gov/dena or
by calling park headquarters at (907) 683-2294 from 8 a.m. -4:30 p.m.
daily..