Sled dogs are an historic and fascinating part of Alaska’s history, and a vibrant part of today’s culture. 1987 Yukon Quest Champion and 20 time Iditarod finisher Bill Cotter, running dogs turned out to be a lifetime passion, one he readily shares with visitors to his Fairbanks area kennel. For an authentic Alaskan experience with some of its most exuberant residents, come meet the Alaskan huskies at Cotter’s Sled Dog Kennel.
Plenty of people come to Fairbanks to look at the sky—for northern lights, or to bask in the midnight sun. But this dog-mushing experience outside of Fairbanks is proof that there’s plenty more of Fairbanks to be seen at eye—or even paw—level. May through October, take a tour on the three-mile trail, with 16 dogs hitched up to an ATV. November through April, take a two-hour mushing tour through the snow and look for the northern lights!
Winter Tours: November - April. Summer Tours: May - August.
Everybody loves sled dogs, and Salmon Berry Tours offers you the chance to get behind the sled year-round. In winter, you'll head to the kennel of Iditarod Champion Dallas Seavey, where you'll see a gear demonstration, meet the dogs, and ride on the sled behind them across the snow. In the summer, board a helicopter for an exciting, scenic flight over the Chugach Mountain Range before landing atop a glacier, where you'll be greeted by the excited sound of dogs ready to run.
End of November - Early April
Experience the excitement of racing champion sled dogs at the Alaska Mushing School, just 75 minutes from Anchorage. Get a professional’s insight into the mushing lifestyle as you ride behind a team of energetic sled dogs on trails connected to the famous Iditarod route. Bundle up and ride in comfort, or brave the cold and drive the team yourself!