Not sure which parking passes you need to use for Alaska’s trailheads? Whether it’s in one of Alaska’s eight national parks, an Alaska State Park, or a private recreational area, you’ll want to know how to avoid getting a parking ticket!
In this post, I’m going to share what you need to know about parking passes for Alaska’s state parks and national parks.
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Alaska State Parks Parking Pass
Daily Fee: $5; Annual Fee: $60
The Alaska State Parks parking pass covers parking fees at most parks and recreation areas around the state of Alaska. Daily parking usually costs $5 and you can check the site fees here.
State park passes can’t be used in federal, municipal, private or other state agency campgrounds or related facilities, including the Pillars Boat Launch, Arctic Valley, Eagle Rock Boat Launch and Eagle River Nature Center.
Alaska State Parks also offers an Annual Daily Parking Pass for $60, which you can purchase online here or in-person at state park offices and most campgrounds. You can also find it in-store at many locations and can see the list of locations here.
If you’re staying overnight at a public use cabin, keep in mind that parking is usually included in the cost for the cabin.
Arctic Valley Parking Pass
Daily Fee: $5; Annual Fee: $25
Arctic Valley Ski Area is run by volunteers and staff from the Anchorage Ski Club, a 501(c)3 Non-Profit, which is why the Alaska State Park passes are NOT VALID here.
Arctic Valley offers a Day Parking Fee pass, which you can buy at the fee station in the parking lot or buy online ahead of time. The parking fee is $5 and helps to maintain the road, parking lots, and outhouses in the area.
If you spend a lot of time in Arctic Valley, you can purchase an annual Basic Membership pass for $25, which includes a trailhead parking pass.
Eagle River Nature Center Parking Pass
Daily Fee: $5
Eagle River Nature Center is run by Friends of Eagle River Nature Center, and it’s another site where Alaska State Park parking passes are NOT VALID.
Day use fees are $5 per vehicle for 24 hours. You can find a fee station located by the front door of the Eagle River Nature Center Visitor Center and pay by credit card or cash (no change given).
The main parking lot has limited parking area for RV’s and vehicles with trailers, and the lower parking lot and overflow parking lots are NOT suitable for RV’s or trailers.
DO NOT park along Eagle River Road or streets where “NO PARKING” is indicated as you will receive a ticket. You can park further down Eagle River Road where there are no signs.
Alaska National Parks Parking Pass
Alaska has eight national parks: Denali National Park, Kenai Fjords National Park, Wrangell St. Elias National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, Katmai National Park, Gates of the Arctic National Park, Lake Clark National Park, and Kobuk Valley National Park.
But, there’s only one Alaska National Park that actually has an entrance fee… it’s Denali National Park.
Denali National Park
7-Day Pass: $15 (per adult); Annual Vehicle Pass: $45
Denali National Park is Alaska’s most iconic national park and home to the tallest mountain in North America, Denali.
If you love visiting National Parks, an Interagency Annual Pass may be your best value if you plan to visit other national parks and federal lands across the US.
Fees are waived at Denali National Park on the following days:
- Jan 17, 2022: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Apr 16, 2022: First day of National Park Week
- Aug 4, 2022: Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
- Sep 24, 2022: National Public Lands Day
- Nov 11, 2022: Veterans Day
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