Sled dogs race down a forest trail in summer.

In summer, mingle with the dogs at the kennel then go for a cart ride on a wooded trail.

Go​ ​behind​ ​the​ ​scenes​ ​with​ ​Iditarod​ ​mushers​ ​and​ ​get​ ​your​ ​own​ ​thrilling​ ​ride​ ​with​ ​the dogs,​ ​thanks​ ​to​ ​this​ ​kennel​ ​and​ ​dog​ ​sledding​ ​tour​ ​out​ ​of​ ​Seward.​ ​​ ​​Owners​ ​Travis Beals​ ​and​ ​Sarah​ ​Stokey​ ​​offer​ ​an​ ​independent,​ ​hands-on​ ​type​ ​of​ ​tour,​ ​with​ ​smaller groups—often​ ​no​ ​more​ ​than​ ​six​ ​people.

Indeed,​ ​dog​ ​mushing​ ​is​ ​pretty​ ​intimate—the​ ​musher​ ​interacts​ ​with​ ​the​ ​dogs​ ​in intricate,​ ​ever-changing​ ​ways—so​ ​the​ ​kennel​ ​tour​ ​showcases​ ​the​ ​high-level​ ​of training​ ​that​ ​goes​ ​into​ ​cultivating​ ​a​ ​team.​ ​You’ll​ ​see​ ​the​ ​dogs​ ​listen​ ​to​ ​the​ ​commands and​ ​navigate​ ​the​ ​camp’s​ ​series​ ​of​ ​interconnected​ ​trails.

All​ ​you​ ​need​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​are​ ​your​ ​camera,​ ​sunglasses​ ​(especially​ ​if​ ​you​ ​go​ ​on​ ​the glacier)​ ​and​ ​flat,​ ​closed-toe​ ​shoes,​ ​which​ ​are​ ​easier​ ​to​ ​pair​ ​with​ ​over-boots​ ​than hiking​ ​boots.​ ​Tours​ ​run​ ​year-round​ ​but​ ​vary​ ​by​ ​season.

Summer Tours from Seward

Summer Dog Demonstration & Cart Ride

Lasting​ ​a​ ​little​ ​more​ ​than​ ​an​ ​hour,​ ​this​ ​is​ ​a​ ​fun,​ ​fast,​ ​and​ ​zippy​ ​tour​ ​with​ ​lots​ ​of turns—proof​ ​that​ ​the​ ​dogs​ ​are​ ​always​ ​making​ ​decisions.​ ​​ ​You’ll​ ​start​ ​with​ ​some hands-on​ ​time​ ​in​ ​the​ ​kennel,​ ​seeing​ ​how​ ​the​ ​dogs​ ​get​ ​trained​ ​and​ ​learn​ ​their commands.​ ​You’ll​ ​meet​ ​and​ ​pet​ ​the​ ​dogs,​ ​then​ ​go​ ​for​ ​a​ ​ride,​ ​seeing​ ​up​ ​close​ ​that connection​ ​between​ ​musher​ ​and​ ​dog.​ ​The​ ​groups​ ​can​ ​be​ ​as​ ​big​ ​as​ ​15,​ ​but​ ​tend​ ​to​ ​be about​ ​six​ ​people.​ ​(Finding​ ​yourself​ ​getting​ ​attached?​ ​Ask​ ​about​ ​their​ ​adoption program​ ​for​ ​retired​ ​sled​ ​dogs).

Helicopter Glacier Dog Sledding

Lasting​ ​about​ ​90​ ​minutes,​ ​this​ ​tour​ ​includes​ ​time​ ​at​ ​the​ ​kennel’s​ ​remote​ ​camp​ ​on Godwin​ ​Glacier,​ ​at​ ​3,700​ ​feet​ ​elevation.​ ​You’ll​ ​start​ ​in​ ​Seward,​ ​getting​ ​outfitted​ ​with any​ ​gear​ ​you​ ​might​ ​need​ ​(rain​ ​jackets,​ ​rain​ ​pants,​ ​boots​ ​over​ ​shoes,​ ​parkas)​ ​then board​ ​the​ ​Seward​ ​Helicopter​ ​Tours​ ​helicopter​ ​(also​ ​owned​ ​by​ ​Travis​ ​and​ ​Sarah)​ ​for the​ ​12-minute​ ​flight​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Seward​ ​airport​ ​to​ ​the​ ​camp.​ ​On​ ​the​ ​way,​ ​you’ll​ ​fly​ ​over Resurrection​ ​Bay,​ ​over​ ​a​ ​beautiful​ ​braided​ ​river,​ ​and​ ​up​ ​towards​ ​Godwin​ ​Glacier. There,​ ​you’ll​ ​be​ ​greeted​ ​by​ ​guides​ ​who​ ​will​ ​teach​ ​you​ ​about​ ​the​ ​glacier,​ ​introduce you​ ​to​ ​the​ ​dogs,​ ​and​ ​then​ ​show​ ​you​ ​how​ ​to​ ​ride.​ ​You’ll​ ​take​ ​a​ ​30-minute​ ​dogsled​ ​ride around​ ​the​ ​glacier,​ ​stopping​ ​along​ ​the​ ​way​ ​for​ ​pictures​ ​and​ ​then​ ​taking​ ​some​ ​time​ ​to mingle​ ​with​ ​the​ ​pooches—about​ ​an​ ​hour​ ​total​ ​on​ ​the​ ​glacier​ ​before​ ​you​ ​fly​ ​back​ ​to Seward.

Winter Magic

Sled dogs mushing through the snow.

Mush on snow year-round. In summer, fly to a glacier. In winter, mush through a winter wonderland.

In winter, experience the thrill of mushing across the snow. Choose from two departures daily for a 3-hour-long adventure. You’ll meet your musher at the Turning Heads headquarters where you’ll be outfitted for your adventure before a short drive down Exit Glacier Road to the trailhead. You’ll spend about 2-hours outside with the dogs, mushing, and stopping for photo opportunities. Groups are small (maximum 6), so there’s plenty of flexibility to customize the experience to the group. Ride in the sled, or take the opportunity to mush the team by standing on the sled with the experienced musher. There are two departures daily between mid-December and early March.

Looking for a longer mushing adventure? Inquire about their overnight and multi-day tours where you get to learn how to mush your own team. You​ ​don’t​ ​need​ ​any​ ​prior​ ​mushing​ ​experience. These ​tours​ ​make​ ​for​ ​a​ ​big​ ​Alaska​ ​highlight. People​ ​often​ ​come​ ​back​ ​for​ ​repeat​ ​tours​ ​and​ ​say​ ​this​ ​was​ ​the​ ​coolest​ ​thing they​ ​did​ ​in​ ​Alaska.

Training with the Pros

The​ ​owners​ ​of​ ​the​ ​kennel​ ​know​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​about​ ​dogsledding:​ ​Travis​ ​Beals​ ​has​ ​been running​ ​dogs​ ​his​ ​entire​ ​life,​ ​and​ ​Sarah​ ​Stokey​ ​since​ ​2009.​ ​Both​ ​are​ ​Iditarod​ ​finishers (Travis​ ​has​ ​finished​ ​the​ ​race​ ​four​ ​times​ ​now,​ ​placing​ ​11​th​​ ​one​ ​year).​ ​Travis​ ​and Sarah​ ​spend​ ​a​ ​good​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​year​ ​training​ ​with​ ​their​ ​dogs,​ ​but​ ​since​ ​2012​ ​they have​ ​also​ ​been​ ​sharing​ ​their​ ​kennel​ ​with​ ​visitors.

What to Bring

  • Camera
  • Sunglasses for Glacier Tours (really bright up there!)
  • Flat shoes, not hiking boots. Easier to get the over-boots on.
  • For the summer dog demonstration tour, please wear closed toed shoes

Getting There

31722 Herman Leirer Road
Seward, AK 99664

Summer Shuttle: Shuttle available for summer tours in Seward from area hotels, rail depot, and cruise ship terminal.

Winter Shuttle: Available from Anchorage for $170.

Driving Directions to Willow: To get to Willow by car from Anchorage: Head north of the Glenn Highway (1), and stay left on the Parks Highway (3) at the split. Continue through Wasilla, and Willow, until you reach the turn for Sheep Creek Drive. Total drive time approx. 1.5 hrs.

Driving Directions

Prices & Dates

Season Year Round
Duration 1+ hrs
Rates Glacier Dog Sledding // 90 Minutes | $549 per adult, $519 per child | 1.5 hrs | Departs 9am, 10:20am, 11:40am, 1pm, 2:20pm, 3:40pm, 5pm
Summer Dog Demonstration & Cart Ride // 90 Minutes | $79 adult, $39 child | Departs 8:45am, 10:15am, 11:45am
Winter Dog Sledding Tour // 3 hours | $349 | 11am and 2pm
Winter Multi-day Expeditions // Custom, call for rates and departures

Turning Heads Kennel

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