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  • Road Open to: Mile 30 (Teklanika River)

    The Denali Park Road is currently open to Mile 30, Teklanika River. If wintry conditions occur, the road may close at some point closer to the park entrance. More »

Wildlife Closures

A temporary wildlife closure is made during the moose rut.

Cow Moose

NPS Photo by Rob Hannawacker

Wildlife closures are established in Denali to protect wildlife and people.

The Sable Pass closure is a permanent closure.

Some temporary closures are short-term (a couple days to a week). An example would be an area where a predator may be defending a kill site.

Other temporary closures protect active den or nest sites or moose rutting areas, and may be in place for many weeks or months.

Visitors, including researchers, must respect wildlife closures marked on the ground (and on these maps). Entry is not permitted into wildlife closures. Exceptions are rare and must have special justification and preauthorization. Researchers must adjust their field activities to another location or wait until the closure is no longer in effect.

Closure maps are arranged by milepost along the Denali Park Road. Updated information is always available at the Backcountry Information Center, located near the Wilderness Access Center.


Wildlife Closures, Miles 0-30
Moose Rut Closure

Wildlife Closures, Miles 31-60
Sable Pass Closure (permanent) (~Mile 47-52)

Wildlife Closures, Miles 60-92


Did You Know?

painting of a snow-covered mountain

Denali's Artist-in-Residence program continues a long tradition of parks inspiring art. Artists spend 10 days in the park, and later donate a piece of artwork to the park that reflects their experience during the residency.