Webcam: Sled Dog Puppies

Welcome to the Denali puppy-cam!

September, 2021 update
Welcome back to the puppycam! Denali did not have a litter in 2020, and so the camera has been on hiatus since fall 2019.

You can follow their growth through our sled dog blog or through "pupdates" on Facebook.

The kennels staff will use a whiteboard in the puppy pen to mention any notable events, like if a feeding is planned for a certain time. Keep in mind that Alaska Standard Time is four hours behind Eastern.

Meet the Pups

montage of eight puppies being held in the air
The 2021 pups!

NPS Photos

Upper row, left to right: Jolie, Merlyn, Gus, Dargo
Lower row, left to right: Apollo, Sage, Blitz, Boomer

About the Names

Kennels staff chose to honor the hero dogs from 9/11 on its 20th Anniversary and named the puppies after eight of the roughly 300 dogs who aided in search and rescue efforts at Ground Zero and the Pentagon. The new members of the sled dog team are named Apollo, Blitz, Merlyn, Jolie, Boomer, Sage, Dargo, and Gus.

As our park’s visitors watch these puppies grow into hard working adults and interact with them throughout their careers here, we hope that these names will honor the memory of not only the search and rescue dogs, but of the firefighters, law enforcement officers, and handlers that responded without hesitation in America’s time of need. We hope these names serve as a reminder of how strong we felt as a nation when we came together and supported one another.

Image of sled dog pups in the 1930s
Waiting at a threshold in Savage Camp, 1936

Courtesy Candy Waugaman Collection

More Than Cute

Mushing is a cultural tradition across Alaska that dates back many thousands of years. It also provides the National Park Service the most effective available means to patrol vast areas of designated Wilderness during the long winter season.

Managers of the historic Denali sled dog kennels take great care in breeding for qualities suitable for the challenges and responsibilities of a Denali sled dog. Physical traits include long legs to break trail through deep snow, compact paws to resist build up of ice between toes, and sturdy coats and puffy tails to keep warm in the depths of sub-arctic winter. Character traits include tenacity, an unbridled love to pull and run as part of a team, and social skills that tolerate attention of many thousands of admirers to visit the kennels each summer.

Last updated: September 10, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 9
Denali Park, AK 99755


(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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