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Denali Park starts taking reservations for 2003 season

Posted: Sunday, December 01, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Denali National Park and Preserve will begin taking advance reservations Sunday for the 2003 season.

Early reservations will be taken by fax and mail for shuttle bus tours and sites at the park's four largest campgrounds, according to the National Park Service.

The park will start to accept reservations by phone on Feb. 15.

It's not absolutely necessary to make reservations far in advance for the buses. About 35 percent of all shuttle-bus seats are available at the park, first come, first served, for rides scheduled no more than two days in advance.

Visitors may reserve no more than eight bus seats at a time and must provide the names and ages of every person for whom the tickets are purchased.

Campgrounds open for reservation starting Sunday include Riley Creek, Savage River, Teklanika and Wonder Lake. Camping at Teklanika must be in hard-sided recreational vehicles only. Tent camping at Teklanika has been suspended indefinitely.

RV camping is not available at Wonder Lake.

Adult prices for single bus seats vary from $17.50 to $33.75, depending on how far into the park the bus is scheduled to ride. People 15 to 17 years old ride for half price, while those 14 and younger ride free.

Most campsites cost $12 per night. Additional charges include a one-time reservation fee of $4 and an entrance fee of $5 per person or $10 per family, good for seven days.

Reservation forms can be downloaded from the park's Web site.

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Denali National Park and Preserve: www.nps.gov/dena



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