TRIP IDEA

Visiting Denali in Winter

snowy landscape of forest and mountains under a bright blue sky
Duration Full Day
Topic(s) Night Sky, Scenic Views, Transportation, Wilderness, Arctic, Coniferous Forests, Trails
Activities Dog Sledding, Cross-Country Skiing, Stargazing
Type Active, Inspirational
Parks Denali National Park & Preserve

Suggested Activities
  • Denali National Park & Preserve

    Visit the Denali Kennels

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Dog Sledding
    • Pets: No
    • Location: The Denali Sled Dog Kennels
    • Duration: 30 Minutes
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day
    three large puppies standing on their hind feet at a gate

    Open year-round, the Denali Kennels are home to the only working sled dogs in a national park. Whether you come for a summer-time mushing demonstration or a quiet visit in fall, winter or spring, the dogs are always eager to meet new people and make new friends.

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  • Denali National Park & Preserve

    Explore Denali's Winter Trails

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Cross-Country Skiing
    • Pets: Yes with Restrictions
    • Location: Winter Visitor Center
    • Duration: 1–12 Hours
    • Season: Winter, Spring
    • Time of Day: Day, Dawn, Dusk
    snowy forested landscape

    Whether on foot, skis or snowshoes, winter is a great time for you to explore Denali! Snow starts falling as early as September, although in some years the conditions aren't good for skiing until December, and it sticks around in the park until April or May.

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  • Denali National Park & Preserve

    Look for the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Stargazing
    • Pets: Yes with Restrictions
    • Location: Outdoors
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Fall
    • Time of Day: Night, Dawn, Dusk
    green auroral light in a dark sky, framed by trees

    Aurora is like any weather phenomenon, where a forecast is issued each day. Unlike rain, though, aurora viewing can only occur when the far north is dark enough; and forecasts aren't nearly as precise as weather forecasts. Despite these challenges, any dark night in Alaska is a great time to look outside and hope for some signs of the Northern Lights!

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  • Denali National Park & Preserve

    Dog Mushing in Denali

    • Activity Fee: Yes
    • Reservations: Yes
    • Activity: Dog Sledding
    • Pets: No
    • Duration: 4–72 Hours
    • Season: Winter, Spring
    a team of dogs pulling a sled

    Though Denali's dogs are not available for visitor sled rides, there are opportunities for visitors to arrange for day trips or multi-night trips through a privately owned sled dog kennel in the area.

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Last updated: May 7, 2017