• 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

Kennels Patrol Map

The map below tracks, in real time, the patrols of the Denali sled dogs. Points remain on the map for a week or so, allowing you to get an idea of the routes taken by the dogs.

Sled dogs patrol the Wilderness areas of Denali -- the part of the park where no motorized vehicles may go. Patrols serve multiple purposes - they establish recreational trails for park visitors to ski, skijor or mush along; they maintain a ranger presence in the backcountry of the park in winter; and they often have specific goals, like hauling equipment to a remote science / research station in the park, or removing human-made debris and garbage left over from the earlier days of the park, when there were fewer concerns about occasional junk washing down a river from the Denali Park Road.

 

Did You Know?

a lake reflecting a tree-covered hill

The vast landscapes of interior Alaska are changing. Large glaciers are receding, permafrost is melting and woody plants are spreading. Comparison of "then-and-now" photographs and data from major vegetation monitoring should allow detection, understanding and potential management of these changes.