Snowhook Adventure Guides of Alaska: Dog Sled Tours

Winter or summer, go on an intimate dogsled ride where you’ll get to know the dogs and even have a chance to drive!

A True Alaskan Experience - Winter or Summer

Experience the thrill of running Iditarod sled dogs as you drive your own team through the Alaskan wilderness. Winter adventures happen near Snowhook’s kennel; in summer, you’ll take a helicopter to a glacier and experience two thrills in one. Snowhook is owned by real racers, so you’ll have the chance to hear first-hand just what it’s like to run the Iditarod. And you’ll also get a chance to meet the dogs and see how excited they are to run. All ages and activity levels are welcome, and each group is tailored to its needs.

Two visitors try out driving a team of sled dogs through the snow.

In winter, ride 4 to 5 miles through the wilderness, and have the opportunity to drive the sled!

Tour Options

Winter Mushing

Upon arriving at the kennel, 75 miles from Anchorage, you’ll meet the friendly dogs and gather around a campfire for an introduction to the exciting sport of dogsledding. As your expert guides harness the dogs up, you’ll meet the team and then head out on the trail! You’ll take a thrilling run of 4 to 5 miles through the wilderness, and you’ll even have the chance to try your hand at driving the sled. You’ll pass through a variety of terrain, from lakes to hills, and have the chance to stop for photos. After your 2- to 3-hour tour, you’ll have another chance to play with the dogs and enjoy some time around the campfire.

You can also combine your dogsledding tour with Snowhook’s snow machine experience and get to see an even wider variety of scenery—including stunning views of Denali when the weather’s clear—and experience a different kind of thrill by piloting your own snow machine!

Winter Combo Tour (Dog Sledding + Snowmobile Tour)

You'll start by running a team of sled dogs (some have run the Iditarod) over picturesque winter trails, hearing from the owners and handlers about their love for the dogs and the sport. Then, you’ll up the speed and transition to a snowmobile tour. Out on the trail, you’ll stop at a backcountry lodge for lunch and to warm up before zooming back to Snowhook’s base camp.

Summer Willow Dog Sled Adventure

You don't need snow for a dog sled adventure in Alaska. Join all 60 dogs at snowhook and see how they train in the seasons without snow. You'll head out on the trail in a comfortable 5-passenger side-by-side UTV pulled by the team of powerful huskies. This is a great way to experience how mushers and their dogs train during the seasons without snow!

Summer Combo Tour (Dog Sledding + ATV Tour)

This experience combines the Summer Willow Dog Sled Adventure with a thrilling ATV ride! Drive your own ATV into the mountains of Hatcher Pass to Summit Lake. Along the way, there will be time to stop for photos, pick berries (when they're ripe), and maybe even pan for gold. This full-day experience includes a BBQ lunch!

Summer Glacier Rides

Summertime tours move up to an Alaskan glacier, so you’ll first experience the excitement of some helicopter flightseeing before you go dogsledding! Leaving from the Knik River Lodge, you’ll take a 15-minute aerial tour around Knik River Basin, looking down on treetops and out at the vast expanse of Alaskan wilderness. Your chopper sets down at the dog camp on the Knik Glacier, where you’ll be greeted by friendly dogs and your expert guides. Then you’ll set off for about an hour of unforgettable dogsledding on the glacier—it’s truly an environment that few people get to experience!

About Snowhook Adventure Guides of Alaska

Snowhook’s husband-and-wife owners, Justin and Rebecca, graduated college in Utah and moved to Alaska immediately because they knew they wanted to run sled dogs. They started with just two dogs, doing recreational dogsledding and small races. But their canine family now numbers more than 50—including the dogs that have retired—and Justin has run the Iditarod six times. They’ve been doing tours for several years now and want to share their passion and joy for this exciting sport, as well as their love of Alaska through all of the various tours they offer.

What to Bring

  • Hat
  • Base Layers

Getting There

23880 Long Lake Rd.
Willow, AK 99688

Snowhook Adventure Guides of Alaska is roughly 1.5 drive from Anchorage. If you do not have transportation, shuttle service is available for a fee. Please call for details.

Driving Directions

Prices & Dates

Season Year Round
Duration 2+ hrs
Rates Winter Dogsledding // $150 per person | $115 per child under 12 years old
Winter Alaska Ultimate Tour | Snow machine and Dogsled // $325 for full day tour, including lunch
Summer Dog Sled Adventure Tour // $75 per person
Summer Dog Sled + ATV TOur // $325 for full day tour, including lunch
Summer Glacier Dogsledding // $569 per person | $519 per child under 12 years old
Fly & Ride | Flightseeing & Dog Sledding // $799 per person, $749 per child | 3-4 hrs
Rate Notes Departure times: 10 a.m. | 12 p.m. | 2 p.m. | you can also take a custom tour
Gear Provided All outer gear, jumpsuit, boots, gloves

Snowhook Adventure Guides of Alaska: Dog Sled Tours