Denali National Park uses dog sleds to patrol the park all winter long. When the park was
first designated as a wilderness area the patrols were mainly used to look for poachers.
Now poaching is not a problem and they are used for the safety of the parks patrons.
In the early years, one room cabins were built, on various trails, one days dogsled trip apart. They were furnished with fire wood and emergency food. All of the supplies, including the cabin material, were carried by dogsled to each location. Those cabins are still in use to this day as a refuge for the many cross-country skiers and snowshoe hikers who use the park in the winter.
In the summer the kennels are used to raise, train and develop sled dogs. These dogs are trained for endurance and not speed. Their training is very different then for the dogs used in racing. The kennel has about 80 dogs and every year there is about 10 -15 born and about the same number being retired. They retire after 13 -15 years service. Not all of the dogs born have the temperament and determination to be sled dogs. Some of the retired dogs are used to help train the young, others are given away to good homes.
Another use for the kennels is to give three tours, demonstrations, and talks each day.