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Wildlife Closures

A temporary wildlife closure is made during the moose rut.

Cow Moose

NPS Photo / Robbie 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. Closures are physically marked on the ground with signs, and maps of closures can be downloaded below. 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 Researchers must adjust their field activities to another location or wait until the closure is no longer in effect.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 0-3

Wildlife Closures, Miles 31-60

Wildlife Closures, Miles 60-92


Did You Know?

a moose with small antlers amid brush

Warmer average temperatures over several decades have resulted in expansion of woody vegetation. If this warming trend continues, it will change Alaska's ecosystems and drastically alter the physical appearance of Denali's landscape, as treeline marches higher up the mountains.