drive your own dog team
2 hour tour
Photo credit: WM Photography
This trip is designed for those eager to experience an authentic Alaskan mushing experience -- driving your own dog team!
This is the real deal, which means you are not just along for a ride -- you are an active participant in this adventure. You will drive your own small team of 4-6 dogs. The guide drives their own team just ahead of you, keeping an eye on the dogs, the trail, and your progress.
Before departure, your guide will introduce you to your team and give you a lesson on how to drive the sled. You will learn how to harness a sled dog, how to slow and stop your team before taking off on a scenic trip that will take you four miles roundtrip through beautiful old growth boreal forest to the top of a ridge, where vast panoramic views of the White Mountains and the Chatanika River Valley await. Midway through your tour, we will pull over for photos.
This is a 2 tour hour from arrival to departure, with a minimum of 1 hour on the dog sled. Sometimes we spend extra time teaching, talking, petting dogs and/or taking pictures on the trail.
No previous mushing experience is required. We will teach you everything you need to know to feel comfortable and well equipped for your time on the trail. 99% of our clients have never stepped foot on a dog sled before! You are accompanied at all times by a professional dog sledding guide who oversees the whole experience, allowing you to relax and enjoy the thrill of driving your own dog team. The tour starts going uphill, meaning it will be likely be necessary to help your dogs uphill, which requires some balance and cardio output.
COVID-19 Precautions: This is a private tour. Participants are required to practice social distancing. Masks will be required for the entirety of the tour. The guide may need to be close to you for purposes of instruction, however, they will try and keep such interactions to a minimum. For more information on what we are doing to operate safely and responsibly, please visit our COVID-19 page.
Price: $219 per person.
20% Discount for Military, Alaska Residents, and large groups (5+). Military/AK: please send email with proof of residency for discount code to email@example.com
Time: 12 P.M. One tour per day; start time is changeable upon request.
Duration: 2-3 hours from arrival to departure. We do not offer shuttle service.
Season: November 15, 2020 -- March 31, 2021 *
Group size: Private tours. Two person minimum. 6 person maximum. Groups of 4+, please inquire directly with firstname.lastname@example.org for booking discount.
Booking: Please contact us directly to inquire about availability. Use the contact form below or email email@example.com to request desired tour date. Due to COVID-19, we are limiting tours to one per day.
Masks will be required for the entirety of the tour for both guides and guests.
*Season start/end is dependent on snow cover and multi-day trip dates.
✔ Drive your own dog team
✔ Dog mushing lessons
✔ 1+ hour of dog sledding
✔ 4+ miles of trail
✔ Scenic mountain vistas
will i drive my own dog team?
Yes. You will drive your own small team of 4-6 dogs. One person per sled. You are accompanied at all times by a professional dog sledding guide who oversees the experience, allowing you to relax and enjoy the thrill & pleasure of driving your own dog team. Before departure, your guide will introduce you to your team and give you a lesson on how to drive the sled. You will learn how to harness a sled dog, and how to slow and stop your team. Your guide drives their own team just ahead of you, keeping an eye on the dogs, the trail, and your progress. This is not a tag sled tour. While tag sledding is a fun way to enjoy dog sledding, it is not the same as driving your own team. Driving your own dog team is more work, more responsibility, and also more rewarding. Children 10 and up can usually drive their own small teams, pending guide approval.
If you do not wish to drive your own team, please contact us directly to discuss ride options.
Please use the contact form below to request a tour date:
DAY TOURS| Payment is due in full at time of booking. A full refund will be issued for cancellations received more than 30 days from trip date. No refund for cancellations received less than 30 days prior to trip date, but payment will be considered credit. Credit is good for one calendar year from time of booking. Credit can be transferred. If you do not make your tour on time, we will not refund payment, but we will reschedule your tour at no extra cost. No reimbursement is provided for trips shortened due to inclement weather. Arctic Dog Adventure Co. reserves the right to cancel a tour for any reason. If Arctic Dog Adventure Co. cancels a day tour, we will refund you in full or reschedule for no extra charge. Please see Booking Terms & Conditions for more details.
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