An Immersive Dog Mushing Experience
The “Full Day Adventure” is reserved for those wanting to learn to drive a dog sled and team of Alaskan Huskies. You’ll be with a personal guide that will give you one on one instruction as we develop your skills. You’ll start out driving the tag sled behind your guide to learn the ropes. If you are ready on the way home, we’ll offer you the chance to take the helm by driving your team from the front sled. It’s a thrill and beware mushing sled dogs is often addicting!
Dogsled Full-Day Trips
Tour Availability: November – March
Tour Times: 9 am – 5pm
Distance: 20+ miles
Guest Limit: 4 guests
Snacks and lunch provided.
We supply all heavy Arctic over gear, boots and mitts for our adventures together. You will be expected to bring basic winter clothing from our clothing list.
We start with a “Mushing 101” orientation and a discussion of our trail systems that we will journey on. Our trails provide a variety of options, which are breath taking and give you amazing photo opportunities of Denali. Some of our trails are more challenging than others so we’ll want to spend time talking with you about your wants and comfort zones. The idea is to have fun and let us share with you our lifestyle and love of our dogs.
Next we’ll get you geared up so you’ll be comfortable in Alaska winter weather. We will send you a basic clothing list and will chat with you before you arrive. We provide heavy Arctic over parkas, mitts, boots and bibs to supplement what you have but you’ll need to bring your warmest clothes and basic clothing list as well.
Once we are all ready to be outside up we’ll head out to the kennel to meet our Iditarod racing Alaskan Huskies. This is an exciting time so expect our dogs to be making lots of noise as they howl and bark “pick me, pick me”!
This is a “hands on” day so we’ll be teaching you all the basics of harnessing the team and getting them ready for our trip together. We like to have our guests involved in all the activities of not just running them but also involved in the daily care as well.
Your guide will be mushing with you as we hitch up two sleds to the team. We will start you off on the Tag Sled and graduate you the Lead Sled as you develop your skills. This individualized way to learn gives you one on one instruction through out the day. You’ll be excited to see your skills grow hour by hour. You’ll find the dogs to be amazingly strong and having one of us with you removes any fear factor and makes this day all fun.
We will travel about 15 miles together through some of the most amazing country you could imagine before we give the dogs a break and have a trailside hot lunch. This is a great opportunity for us to show you how we care for our dogs in the Iditarod and tend to their needs. During our lunch break we’ll show you all the steps of dog care in a remote setting. Good mushing is always about taking care of our dogs first.
As we take off to go explore new trails after lunch, hang on tight as they will literally blast out of our campsite to get going. We’ll run at least 5 miles before returning home to our kennel.
Once home we take care of dogs together. Each husky will get their evening dinner at a pat on the head before we go inside to warm up and share our stories and photos we’ve taken along the way.
Most likely you’ll find yourself falling in love with one or two of the sweet dogs that took you on this adventure. Before we say farewell most guests wander back to the kennel to say goodbye to their favorite husky.