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Willow: Summer Dog Sledding Ride in Alaska

Willow: Summer Dog Sledding Ride in Alaska

Activity provider: Alaskan Husky Adventures
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From US$ 145 per person

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Take an Alaskan dog sled ride without the snow in a cart specifically designed for dog mushing, and enjoy a fun summer sledding experience and a nature walk near Willow with a guide.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish, French
Small group
Limited to 6 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Expe­ri­ence the thrill of sum­mer­time dog mush­ing on a wheeled cart in Alaska
  • Play with the friendly husky dogs and help your guide harness the team
  • Settle in for a ride along pri­vate trails with breathtaking views of Denali
  • Cool down and refuel after your summer adventure with cookies and water
  • See a hands-on presentation of winter sled training gear from Alaskan mushers
Full description

Take a summertime sled ride near Willow in a 2-seater cart specially designed for dog mushing. Be greeted by a guide and a yard full of excited dogs. Get away from noisy motors and traffic on a secluded trail. Later, take a nature walk and see a demonstration of winter sledding gear.

Just an hour drive north of Anchorage, and only 45 minutes north of Palmer, come meet the dogs and watch their energy levels skyrocket as your guide gets the team ready to go.

Then, hit private trails for a 1-2 mile run, depending on weather conditions, and be fully immersed in the wild. The carts are 100% dog-powered so you can take in the natural sounds around you.

Keep your eyes peeled as you may catch a glimpse of a moose, fox, lynx, black bear, or bald eagle. Make several stops along the way to give the dogs a chance to cool down and take photos with them.

Once back in the kennel, watch the dogs energetically dive into kiddie pools and zip around. They'll usually make their way over to you for a cuddle or two before taking off again. Treat yourself to some cookies and water to rehydrate.

Next, head out on a nature walk to a wooden pavilion with views of Denali for a hands-on presentation of the training gear used in wintertime. Check out Iditarod race sleds and try stepping onto the runners. Slip on this year's Iditarod race bib and get into the shoes of an Alaskan musher.

Hear personal tales of the race tracks from your guide. Conclude the tour in an indoor gift shop where you can see more racing memorabilia and check out race team swag.

Includes
  • Sled ride
  • Guide
  • Alaskan husky dog team
  • Cookies and water
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Children under 3 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • People over 250 lbs (113 kg)
  • People with pre-existing medical conditions
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

The Visitors Center is located at the base of Hatcher Pass, which connects Willow with Palmer. If you are headed to/from Denali or Talkeetna, the meeting point is on your way. Most guests find renting a car or using a ride-sharing app such as Uber or Lyft to be the most economic option for transportation. Please call the local partner for recommendations of shuttle companies that provide transportation from Anchorage at $125 per hour. The minimum roundtrip to the meeting point is 4.5 hours.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Rain gear
  • Clothes that can get dirty
  • Closed-toe shoes

Know before you go

  • It is recommended to dress in layers and have a rain jacket on hand, in the event of unexpected showers
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

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Highlight of my trip to Alaska for sure! Matt and Liz were outstanding in explaining the background of dogsledding and just super nice people. The dogsledding is one of those experiences that's a life time memory! I would encourage all ages to join in and the dogs are amazing. You will not be disappointed.

August 16, 2022

Matt and Liz plus the dogs of course were great! Very nice and informative. We had gone on a different dog sledding trip earlier and this was alot more realistic even though it was in the mud. :) We really enjoyed the whole experience! tyyyyy

July 26, 2022

Very kind people

June 26, 2022

Product ID: 416086