Drivers can purchase a permit that allows them to drive a personal vehicle to Teklanika River, Mile 30 of the Park Road, from June 1-30. Reservations open at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 29 at www.recreation.gov.
- The permit can be purchased up to two weeks in advance of the visit. It is non-transferable, and individuals are allowed only one permit per day. The permit holder must be in the vehicle when it enters the park past Savage River. There are no same-day sales.
- Drivers will be allowed past Savage River during their assigned 45-minute window of time. For instance, “if your permit allows you to drive past Savage River any time between 9 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. but you arrive at Savage River at 9:52 a.m, you’ll be asked to wait until 10 a.m,” according to the website.
- The road permit expires at 10 p.m., so you must be back at Savage River no later than 10 p.m.
- Drivers can temporarily park at any pull-out or rest stop along the road to enjoy a day hike. But parking is not allowed on the road shoulder or in the road. Backpacking is possible during this period with a valid backcountry camping permit. Buy a road permit for the same day you plan to begin the backpacking trip and rangers will help you figure out where along the road you can park to begin your trip.