Service Animals

Service animals are allowed in National Parks. (If needed, read a definition of service animal).

For information on animals that do not qualify as service animals, please see our information on pets in the park.

With one exception, anywhere that you wish to go, your service animal may go, too. There are some unique aspects of visiting this remote wilderness to keep in mind, however.

  • Water
    Potable water is available at the Wilderness Access Center, the Denali Visitor Center (and surrounding facilities), the Eielson Visitor Center, and four park campgrounds - Riley Creek, Savage River, Teklanika River and Wonder Lake. While there are innumerable natural water sources (ponds, creeks, rivers, etc) throughout the park, be aware that water-born diseases like giardia could be present.
  • Terrain
    Park trails are generally surfaced with compacted gravel or a mix of native soils and rocks - more detailed descriptions can be found on our mobility and physical accessibility page.
  • Buses
    Transportation throughout most of Denali is via commercial bus. If your service animal is large, please let the bus concessioner know in advance so that they can ensure there is plenty of space for your service animal along with your party.
  • Waste
    Every rest area and visitor center throughout the park has trash cans for disposing of animal waste; however, there are no plastic bags provided, so please remember to bring your own.
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife can be encountered anywhere in the park - even near developed and busy areas, like the visitor center. Wolves, bears and, particularly, moose are of obvious concern, but smaller animals like foxes, coyotes and even squirrels could cause issues for service animals unused to encountering wildlife. Golden eagles may also be a concern for particularly small service animals - golden eagles are large enough to prey upon Dall sheep lambs, among other wildlife.
  • Leash
    Service animals must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet in length at all times.

Service Animals and the Denali Sled Dogs

If you wish to visit the kennels with a qualified service animal, we ask that you notify the kennels staff in advance, by calling 907-683-9586. Ideally, we can assist you during your visit in a way that lets you leave your service animal in capable hands outside the kennels area while you meet our NPS sled dogs and/or attend the ranger program. We know your service animal is exceptionally well trained, but our dogs do not differentiate their response from an outside pet. Our dogs will react to any animal entering the kennels as if it were an intruder in their home, and will lunge, bark and generally try their best to chase the intruder away.

Last updated: July 17, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 9
Denali Park, AK 99755

Phone:

(907) 683-9532
A ranger is available 9 am - 4 pm daily (except on major holidays). If you get to the voicemail, please leave a message and we'll call you back as soon as we finish with the previous caller.

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