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Moose Viewing at Denali National Park

Moose frequent the river valleys and forested hills on the north side of the Alaska Range inside Denali National Park. They are regularly spotted by travelers and bus riders along the 92-mile-long Denali Park Road. Just like many other areas of Alaska, moose might be anywhere—from the front country campgrounds to a remote brushy creek bottom many miles out.

Where Will You Find The Most Moose?

Venture out early and go as deep into the park on the transit bus or park tour as you have time for. Use binoculars and scan periodically for movement. Also watch for the park’s other marquee mega-fauna: brown bears, grey wolves, caribou and Dall sheep. Remember that moose basically stroll around for many hours each day, often alone, nibbling on greens and brush. Unlike most large wild mammals in Alaska, moose can be tolerant of the presence of people. So it’s not uncommon to encounter moose near campgrounds and trailheads.

Notable spots along the park road include the area between the park entrance and Savage River (mile 15), Igloo Creek (mile 34), and Polychrome Overlook (mile 46). In spring, they’re also often sighted near Riley Creek Campground, the closest campground to the park entrance.

Getting There

Denali Park Road
Denali National Park, Ak

Denali National Park entrance lies north of the Alaska Range on the Seward Highway, about 237 miles north of Anchorage and 124 miles south of Fairbanks. There are many options for exploring the park road. But many visitors really enjoy using the park’s shuttle bus system.

Driving Directions