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