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 Researchers must adjust their field activities to another location or wait until the closure is no longer in effect.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.
Did You Know?
Denali provides a special opportunity to study a large, intact and naturally-functioning ecosystem. Researchers can monitor climate change in Denali and contribute to larger-scale climate monitoring and management efforts.