The sled dogs of Denali have been important to the park for so long that they have become a part of the resource, and a cultural tradition worthy of protection. The dogs, and the kennels where they live, represent important pieces of the American story. They have cultural significance, representing both the Native Alaskan and the pioneer experience in the far north; and have a role in the history of Alaska's first national park.
These are the only sled dogs in the United States that help protect a national park and the wildlife, scenery, and wilderness therein, and it has been this way nearly as long as there has been a park here.
Meet Denali's Huskies
Plan Your Visit to the Kennels
Coming to Denali? Don't forget to stop by and say hi to the dogs! You're welcome to come by any time we're open to pet the dogs and take photos, or attend one of our summer ranger-led demonstrations, offered daily in summer.
Winter in the Kennels
Denali's is a working kennel, with the huskies used each winter to patrol the wilderness, where motorized vehicles (like snowmobiles) are prohibited. Discover some of the winter adventures of Denali rangers and sled dogs.
History of the Denali Kennels
Set aside as a park in 1917, Denali National Park has had a team of canine rangers nearly its entirely history. Read more about the rich history of sled dogs in Denali.
Updates on the dogs also appear frequently on our Facebook page.
In winter, you can use a map on this page to follow the progress of the dogs as they patrol the park. On occasion, they may not be using their SPOT device, and the map will be blank.
Did You Know?
Denali is home to both black bears and grizzly (brown) bears. Black bears inhabit the forested areas of the park, while grizzly bears mainly live on the open tundra. Almost all bears seen by visitors along the Park Road are grizzlies.