Alaska Dogsled Vacations
Mush in the shadow of Denali
Cross Country Ski Trips
Ski Denali National Park with dog-sled support
One to Ten night trips
and custom dog sled tours
Your Winter Dream Vacation!
Alaska as you have only imagined

Denali Alaska Winter Activities: Skiing and Dog Sledding Into The Wilderness

Into the wild bus

The famous “Into The Wild” Bus along the Stampede trail.  The Bus was removed in June 2020.

Experience Denali National Park in Winter! EarthSong Lodge and Denali Dog Sled Expeditions is a concessionaire licensed to operate overnight trips in the heart of Denali Park Wilderness, the only guides that can mush you to spectacular Wonder Lake and the park road corridor. No one else can get you closer to the spectacular North Face of Denali.

We specialize in bringing travelers to Interior Alaska and Denali Park face to face with the Alaska they have come so far to see.

Our trips are fully interactive. You will mush a dog team deep into the heart of Alaska’s most sacred place – Denali National Park in the Winter.

Denali National Park provides many options for dog sled travel. From river bars and mountain passes to the Alaska Range glacier system, you will see a piece of wilderness most people will only see in the pages of magazines and books. For trip dates and rates, see our Dog Sledding Schedule.

Northern lights

Northern lights over Denali National Park.

For detailed information about our dog sledding trips, be sure to read our Dog Sledding Q&A and see what other guests’ experiences were like in our Dog Sledding Stories.

We also offer cross-country ski expeditions and spring mountain climb support in the Alaska Range. Our trips are for guests with skill levels from beginner to advanced. From overnights in our cozy cabins with basic sled dog demonstrations to 7-day backcountry adventures, EarthSong Lodge can cater to your Alaskan adventure vacation.

Who and Why Denali Dog Sled Expeditions?   Denali Dog Sled Expeditions started guiding in and around Denali National Park in 1985.  Company founder and owner Jon Nierenberg, a local homesteader, wanted to share his love of travel in the Denali Backcountry by dog team with people from all over the world.  The company has evolved from a one-person endeavor to an operation employing six local guides, all with high skills and individual specialties.  There are a number of things that make DDSE special, above and beyond all the rest:

Local knowledge–Our staff has over 100 years of mushing in the park area.  All guides live and run dogs in the park neighborhood, and stay here year-round with a full commitment and love of the park and it’s ideals.

Best dogs–We know that the best part of a dog sled expedition is the interaction between our guests and the sled dogs they are working with.  So we do have the best, hardest-working, most social dogs around.

Location–Hard to beat Alaska, and specifically Denali National Park.  It’s the reason why Jon has stayed in the area since 1982, even after mushing expeditions all over Alaska and parts of Canada.

Group size–We only deal with very small groups, generally 2-4 people, and have an excellent guest to guide ratio.  This results in the ability to customize trips, modify while out on the trail, and keep a very high safety standard.

Approved by Denali National Park–We have to reach certain standards to be fulfill our permit obligations with the National Park Service.   Our record speaks for itself.

History–We are one of the longest-running dog sled guiding services in the north country.  We do know what we are doing, and what guests want.

Variety–From a one hour day trip to a 10 day backcountry expedition, we can meet the needs and desires of just about any visitor.  Our guests have come from all over the country and world, from youngsters to seniors.

Our winter business now has exclusive use of all Denali National Park Huts, along with two cabins at Wonder Lake, for dog sled passenger trips and cross-country ski-support trips.

P.O. Box 89 Healy, Alaska 99743
(907) 683-2863
(907) 683-2868


Denali Dog Sled Expeditions is making plans to offer tours for 2020-2021.  As of now, we will be offering day tours as normal beginning in November when we have enough snowfall.  Overnight tours will NOT be offered until there is a vaccine available or other mitigating factors approved by the CDC and State of Alaska that allows safe close contact.  Our overnight tours involve our guides sharing small cabins with guests.  We very much hope to be able to offer multi-day trips this season, and will be planning on operating at full capacity.  But our overnight tours will not get ahead of the science and safety of our guests and our guides.  At this time we are taking reservations as normal for overnight trips, but we will have a modified cancellation policy.  You can book a trip now, and if conditions do not meet our COVID safety standards you will be refunded in full.   If you have questions, please contact us directly by phone or email.

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