This classic Alaskan experience begins with a quick van ride to the sled dog kennel from downtown Talkeetna. Along the way, the driver talks a bit about the history of Talkeetna and dog sled racing. Guests are dropped off at the kennel's log cabin and met by Jerry Sousa, a Top 20 Iditarod musher, for a demonstration of sled harnessing and mushing preparation.
With the command, the dogs are off.
Soon it's off to everyone's favorite part of the tour: a five-mile training run. One by one the excited pups are taken from their houses in the kennel yard and harnessed up. The dogs pull a summer "sled," a motorized vehicle on wheels used to build strength and stamina, but also to train them to pull at slower speeds necessary on the 1,000-mile Iditarod race. Guests climb into the vehicle, the musher gives the command, and the dogs are off.
The rocky trail winds through lush green forest. For as boisterous as the dogs were before, they're quiet and focused now. It makes for a surprisingly serene ride. Halfway through the run, the team turns into a creek bed for a cooling dip, then continues in a big loop back to the kennel yard. Guests have time to meet the dogs and learn about their care, feeding, and winter training program before boarding the van back to Talkeetna.
The Talkeetna Dog Sled Kennel Tour starts in downtown Talkeetna.
What to Bring
Most of this tour is conducted outside, so bring a rain jacket as needed and wear comfortable close-toed walking shoes.
Transfers & Meeting Points
The tour operator provides complimentary roundtrip transportation from downtown Talkeetna.
Rates & Dates
Here are the rates and operating dates for this product. Remember, we have a lowest price guarantee for nearly everything we sell.
There is no child rate for this service. Infants under the age of 2 may travel for free but must sit on an adult's lap.
|5/14/20 (Th) to 9/17/20 (Th)5/14/20 (Th) to 9/17/20 (Th)||Adult: $85.00||Child: $85.00||Infant: $0.00|
|The rates above do not include taxes/fees of 3% and are subject to change without notice.|
Departure times and locations are listed below. Click on a link for an interactive map.
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- Price $85 + Tax
- Duration 2 Hours
- Departures 8 AM, 10 AM, 3 PM
- Operating Dates Daily from 5/14/2020 to 9/17/2020
- Activity Level Less Active
- Summer training ride along.
- Meet Top 20 Iditarod finishing sled dogs and musher.
- Roundtrip transportation from Talkeetna.
- Sled dog training and race presentation.
"We loved meeting the dogs and learning about the Iditarod. Being pulled on the ATV by the dog team was one of my parent's favorite activities on this vacation."
~Kelley from North Carolina~