Dial 9-1-1 in Emergencies
Be prepared to give your location as Denali National Park. Call to report accidents, fires, or life-threatening emergencies. Cell phone coverage exists only within three miles of the park entrance. Since there are no phones west of Park Headquarters, emergencies in those areas should be reported to rangers on patrol, campground hosts, bus drivers, or to staff at Eielson Visitor Center or the Toklat Rest Stop.
Denali is a true wilderness . Before venturing into the park, read the safety information in the park newspaper. Grizzly bears and moose are dangerous. Crossing glacial rivers is treacherous and the potential for hypothermia is always a factor in the sub arctic. More information on wilderness travel can be found in our backcountry camping webpages.
Wildlife Safety and Safe Viewing Distances
Any animal can be dangerous if it feels threatened, surprised or cornered.
- Observe safe viewing distances from all wildlife.
Do not approach or disturb wildlife. When on foot:
- Grizzly and black bears: Stay 300 yards or more away.
- Other wildlife (e.g., Dall sheep, moose, wolves, foxes, caribou, raptor nests): Stay 25 or more yards away.
Even seemingly 'harmless' animals like moose or sheep can grow extremely aggressive if they feel like you are too close. More than one person has been kicked by a 1,200+ pound moose because they failed to keep their distance from it.
- Never feed wildlife.
Animals that get food from humans become dangerous -- even small creatures like squirrels can become bold and bite children or adults in the pursuit of food, once they've been food conditioned.
Learn more about staying safe in bear country