It’s not often that you can arrive in a new state and, with zero prior experience, confidently dive right into that state’s most popular sport. Since 1972, dog mushing has been Alaska’s official state sport. Unlike other sports that require months of conditioning and practice before you, say, step on a court or pick up a ball, even total beginners can competently tackle dog mushing — as long as they have an experienced guide.
While there are dog sled teams, tours, and guided experiences all around Alaska, Denali National Park is one of the most rugged and epic backdrops for your first dog mushing adventure. But before you go, you should have a general understanding of the sport’s unique development and history, and of what to expect when you first show up at the kennel.