Join our most involved and hands-on dog sledding tour, where you spend a full day like an Iditarod musher. Meet your own team of sled dogs and learn each of their personalities and position. Practice the essentials of maneuvering a dog sled, learn the commands, and outfit your dogs with their harnesses. Take off down the wilderness trail until you reach our winter training camp, and then park and snack your team just like at a race checkpoint. While the dogs rest, sit around a campfire and enjoy a hot lunch before heading back out on the trail for your return trip to the homestead. Moderate fitness level highly recommended.
Need extra warm gear? We’ve got you covered. Arctic-quality parkas, snow pants, boots, hat, neck warmer, and mittens are provided for your use, free of charge.
For the Full-Day Mushing Adventure, every person typically drives their own dog sled and team of dogs. If you would like to double up and share one sled with another person, then that is also an option. When booking, there are different ticket options for either a “sled driver” or “sled passenger.” We can only book up to 2 sleds at a time (1-4 people) for this tour except by special arrangement.
While incredibly fun and addictive, mushing is a very physical activity; please take your own abilities into consideration. Before heading out on the trail, your guide will give you a comprehensive lesson in the do’s and don’ts of how to handle the dog sled in different conditions, how to communicate with the dogs, and how to pace the team properly.
The minimum age for each sled driver is 16 years of age (Under 18 requires parent/guardian signature). Those under 16 may experience the mushing school if accompanied by a parent or guardian who will be the official driver (tickets are required for each person).
Yes, if you would prefer to experience the full-day mushing adventure as a ride, with an experienced musher driving your sled, then you are welcome to do so. Click the Book Now button for the different ticket options.
As you can imagine, dog sledding in Alaska is an iconic activity. While we get some reservations up to a year in advance, typically if you book 1-2 months ahead of time then you should be okay. Obvious exceptions to this are any major holidays and the weeks surrounding the start of the Iditarod (early March). The slowest period of the winter is mid-January to mid-February, all other times will generally get booked out.
If you are driving yourself from Anchorage, you will head north on the Parks Hwy towards Wasilla. Make sure to stay left at the fork towards Wasilla/Palmer! From there, you drive through Wasilla and continue north towards Willow. This tour meets at the 17th-Dog Kennel, home of competitive musher Matthew Failor, located approximately an hour and thirty minutes’ drive from downtown Anchorage. Specific directions and info will also be sent to you at the time of booking your tour. Reservations are required. Feel free to contact us with any questions.
Things happen, we understand. If you would like to cancel more than three days beforehand, we will provide a full refund. If you want to cancel less than three days beforehand, a 50% refund will be given. No shows will be charged full price. We also provide a full refund in cases of inclement weather or road conditions and travel delays that affect your trip to Alaska.
Was taught/guided by James (who finished the Iditarod in 2016!) -- He was a fantastic host - friendly, informative, and obviously tremendously experienced in dogsledding. It was an absolute treat from start to finish. Special thanks goes to my 4-dog team of Roll, Pinyon, Soko and Ukulele for flying me across the snowy landscape. I highly recommend!
Such an awesome experience! This desk jockey got to drive her own dog team! Sean was a friendly and patient instructor, and the dogs were great too. I couldn't be happier with my adventure. I would say it was a once in a lifetime experience but I plan to do it again the next time I'm in Alaska.
The dogs are happy and friendly and SO excited to go. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. I would go again in a heart beat! Even falling while pushing the sled up a hill was fun!