Small children are welcome to visit the Kennels during opening hours. Hold their hand or keep them in your arms at all times. Please do not bring pets for your animal's safety and for the safety of the park dogs.
What the Dogs Do in Fall and WinterIn fall and early winter (September through November), the Kennels focuses on training and conditioning the dogs so that they are in good shape for winter operations. We are frequently spotted entering and exiting the Kennels by dog team for day runs.
How to Safely Visit the Kennels in WinterSince the dogs are often coming and going this time of year, keep an eye out to avoid any issues.
Once you have positioned yourself far enough away from the team, feel free to snap some action shots with your camera. If you have questions, please ask a ranger; however, if the only rangers present are handling dogs, please wait until all the dogs are taken care of and home at their houses.
Once winter kicks into high gear (December through March), don’t be surprised if the dogs are not around during your visit. Mushers and dogs are working hard to protect our park and are often out for weeks to a month at a time in the backcountry. Ask a ranger to show you on a map where the dogs last checked in and where they are going.
Try to imagine what it is like to be out there. Are they traveling from Sanctuary Cabin to Igloo Cabin? Maybe they are searching for an ice bridge on the Teklanika River! Are they out at Wonder Lake Ranger Station? They could be hauling large timbers to a construction site for a bridge or trail. They may be conducting vegetation surveys deep in the heart of Wilderness that only dog teams can get to ... whatever the mission, you can follow their location on the map, below.
Where Are They Now?
The map also shows conditions on various trails. Click on a trail segment to see if we have any important additional info to offer for that section.
Last updated: August 26, 2019