• pond surrounded by green brush, reflecting a distant range of snow-covered mountains that are dominated by one massive mountain

    Denali

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Your Safety

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.


Wilderness Safety


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.

 
Four hikers on a trail in Denali along a rocky  hillside
Often, hikers cannot rely on cell phones for help. Stay aware of your surroundings and report emergencies to rangers, bus drivers, or campground hosts. Be prepared, in remote areas, to self-rescue.
nps photo / neil blake

Did You Know?

close view of bearberry, a small red-colored plant

In 1908, Charles Sheldon – a hunter and naturalist – described in his journal the idea of a park that would allow visitors to enjoy the beauty he saw while visiting Alaska. In 1917 his vision became reality, with the creation of Mount McKinley National Park.