The National Park Service (NPS) manages wildlife resources within the original two million acre Mt. McKinley National Park, sometimes referred to as the "Old Park." The park was enlarged in 1980 by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA), which added new national park and national preserve lands. The park was renamed Denali National Park and Preserve. The NPS and State of Alaska cooperatively manage wildlife resources in the park additions and preserve lands.
Hunting in Denali National and Preserve
Sport hunting is prohibited within Denali National Park, including designated wilderness lands and the 1980 park additions. Sport hunting is only permitted within Denali National Preserve.
Subsistence hunting and trapping by eligible local rural residents is permitted on park and preserve lands added by ANILCA, but not within the former Mt. McKinley National Park.
Where hunting is allowed, a valid Alaska State hunting license is required for all hunters age 16 and older. Hunters must know and follow all applicable state and federal hunting regulations. You are responsible for knowing and following hunting regulations and for knowing your exact location when hunting.
Did You Know?
Did you know that Mount McKinley, located within Denali National Park and Preserve, is the highest mountain on the North American continent? Measured from the 2,000 foot lowlands to its snowy summit at 20,320 feet, the mountain’s vertical relief of 18,000 feet is greater than that of Mount Everest.