Located halfway between Fairbanks and Chena Hot Springs Resort in the community of Two Rivers, Chena Outdoor Co. is a fun, interactive stop for animal lovers. Why sled dogs and reindeer? For generations, humans have partnered with sled dogs and/or reindeer to survive in harsh Arctic conditions.

Sled dogs have been part of the family for thousands of years. Even today, dog sledding is Alaska’s state sport. Whether competing in races like the 1000-mile Iditarod and Yukon Quest or camping and traveling recreationally, sled dogs outnumber humans in Two Rivers. Come meet local guides with their teams of sled dogs and learn about the mushing way of life.

While sled dogs have been interwoven in Alaskan history for thousands of years, reindeer (domesticated cousins of caribou) are more recent transplants, coming to Alaska about 125 years ago at the same time as European and American settlers moved North. Reindeer play a surprising role in cultural and economic changes throughout Alaska over the past century. Today, reindeer are still very prevalent in Two Rivers. Whether farming for meat or acting as ambassadors (like in the case of our reindeer), there are several herds in the Chena River Valley. Our reindeer allow for hands-on, interactive learning about the unique reindeer history, the importance of caribou in the North, and the potential threats to caribou due to climate change.

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Reindeer Tours

Year Round: Private 45- Minute Reindeer Tours

Take your family and friends on a private, 45-minute tour with the friendly Chena Outdoor Co. reindeer herd. Begin the tour inside the yurt, learning all about reindeer, their history, and anatomy. Then head outside to meet the reindeer and enjoy a stroll through the black spruce forest.

Year Round: Private 3-Hr VIP Reindeer Experience

If you want the ultimate reindeer experience, join the herd on the 3 hour VIP Reindeer Tour. The reindeer freely meander through the forest as you stroll along, petting their dense fur and taking photos. Stop briefly for hot drinks and local snacks. It’s an experience so magical, you might burst out in a Disney song by the end!

Summer: 3-Day Reindeer Backpacking Trip

Hike the beautiful 29-mile Chena Dome Trail with the company of reindeer, who will also help lighten the load of your packs. Each day will range from 7 to 12 miles. The hike is strenuous because of the steep elevation gains as you traverse the ridge lines in the Chena River Valley, but the reindeer like to walk slow.

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Sled Dog Tours

Summer 1.5 Hour Sled Dog Tour

If you’re a dog lover, this is the tour for you! Meet Alaskan Huskies who have run the 1000-mile Iditarod and Yukon Quest dog sled races. You’ll get stories from the trail and learn all about the mushing lifestyle. Learn how to harness the team and help hook them up for a short demo! Due to summer heat in Fairbanks, a cart ride is not guaranteed.

Fall 1 Hour Training Run

As the weather cools, visitors get the opportunity to see the dogs on a training run before the snow falls. On this one-hour experience, you’ll meet the team of Alaskan huskies, learn how to harness and hook them up, and enjoy a 30-minute cart ride.

Winter Dog Sledding Tours

Experience the thrill of dog mushing! Whether you’re interested in just a taste or would enjoy a longer experience, Chena Outdoor offers dog sled tours ranging from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours in length. With local, professional guides and talented sled dogs, you’ll have a blast on whichever tour you select!

Winter Dog Sledding Expeditions

Go on a customized tour that can last from 1 to 6 nights. It’s the perfect chance to explore the Alaskan backcountry and learn to drive your own dog team along the way! Accommodations are in lodges or Arctic Oven tents.

Getting There

7435 Chena Hot Spring Rd.
Fairbanks, AK 99712
Driving Directions

Prices & Dates

Season Year Round | Closed in May
Duration 30 min - Multi-Day
Winter Day Tours | November 15–March 31 (snow dependent) 30-Minute Mush: 30 minutes // 30 minutes | Available 11 a.m.–2 p.m. | $90 adults, $65 children
Winter Sled Dog Experience // 1.5 hours | Available 11 a.m.–2 p.m. | $185 adults, $145 children (12 & under)
Private Reindeer Tour // 45 minutes | Available 11 a.m.–2 p.m. | $70 adult, $45 child (12 and under) | 2-person minimum
Private Aurora Tour // 3.5 hours | 9 p.m.–12:30 a.m. | $200 adults, $100 children (12 & under) | September 15–March 31 | $100/person to add 45-minute dog sled ride
Winter Expeditions Overnight // $1,200/person | 2-person minimum | December–early April
3-Day Chena River Valley // $2,000/person| 2-person minimum | December–early April
5-Day Alaska Range // $3,000/person | 2-person minimum | March–April
Fall Day Tours Fall Sled Dog Experience // 1 hour | Available 11 a.m.–2 p.m. | $100 adults, $80 children (12 & under) | Sept until enough snowfall for dog sleds
Summer Day Tours | June 1 – August 31 Taste of Two Rivers (Huskies, Gold Panning & Reindeer) // 3.5 hrs | 9am & 1:30pm | $150/adult $100/kid 12 and under
Just Huskies // 1.5 hrs | 9am & 1:30pm | $65/adult $55/kid 12 and under
Just Reindeer // 45 mins | 10:45am & 3:15pm | $50/adult $45/kid 12 and under
Just Gold Panning // 45 mins | 11:45am & 4:15pm | $50/adult $45/kid 12 and under
Reindeer Hike // 2 hrs | 3:00pm | $500/group up to 4 people

Chena Outdoor Collective