Denali visitors can most closely approach the spirit of the park in Alaska on the back of a sled, behind a team of dogs. On a good day trails can be well established, and dogs may cover 30 miles or more while the musher mostly stands on the sled runners. On days after or during a snowstorm, the trails may be completely obliterated, and mushers move out ahead of the team to break trail.
The National Park Service maintains a kennel at Denali, and rangers continue the tradition of dog team patrols that begun by the first rangers in the 1920s.
Please be prepared for all conditions and prior to starting any trip contact or stop in at the Winter Visitor Center (Murie Science and Learning Center) for the latest park information and trail conditions:
Murie Science and Learning Center
For single or multi-day trips:
Denali Dog Sled Expeditions
Did You Know?
Warmer temperatures have led to dramatic thawing of permafrost. Thaw releases carbon, as once-frozen materials decompose, but allows increased plant growth. Researchers in Denali are studying whether thawing permafrost will increase or decrease world-wide carbon emissions.