Climb aboard either the 12-passenger wheeled training cart or ATV while mushers ready the teams. As guides add each new dog to the line, you'll hear each dog's excitment as they can't wait to take off running. During this time, you will have the opportunity to experience the team dynamics, social order, and passion of your dog team. After the team of 8-12 dogs are ready, the musher drops the brake and you're off. The sled dogs respond instantaneously to the musher's commands, forking right, then left, as you meander through the forested trail, specially designed to train these canine athletes in the off season.
A 1-mile ride is the perfect amount of time to see the team respond to mushing commands, and romp in their watering pools. This exhilarating portion of the trip is approximately 15 minutes long, and provides time for team hookup, safety briefing, and your ride through the forest. Time on the trail can vary due to conditions, temperatures, and the team of dogs.
You may consider the Yukon Discovery Tour which includes all the same features without the 15-minute husky dog experience. And for another true Alaskan educational experience in Ketchikan, be sure to take a look at the Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's Tour!
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The tour is very well laid out and takes you to the top of the mountains, US and Canada borders, and the Yukon area. The tour guide was excellent and stopped at several areas and gave a continuous commentary. The dog sledge was very exciting and the time with the dogs and the handler was educating. Very much recommended for all people.
We did this tour in June 2016 with Tomas (otherwise known as Thomas) as our tour guide. Tomas was extremely knowledgeable about everything and told many interesting stories about the area and his personal experiences. He was very enthusiastic and clearly loves living the life in Alaska! We stopped off at all the sites and we even saw a brown bear and stayed so we could take pics. The dog ride was amazing, such a thrill watching the dogs run. Make sure you leave enough time to spend with the puppies at the end.
We purchased this for our daughter and her family. They certainly were not disappointed. They had a great time on the ride and being able to pet and hold the dogs. Thanks for helping us make a GREAT MEMORY they will never forget
This was an amazing tour. Brooke our tour guide was very informative about the areas we were visiting. She is a great guide. I appreciated all the stops along the way to take pictures and really take in the scenery. The opportunity to go on the sled dog tour was great and was one of the highlights of the trip for our son. I highly recommend this tour to anyone really interested in seeing the ruggedness and beauty of the area.
We had a blast on this tour! We had a great guide and the Dog Sled Camp was wonderful! Just being around those amazing dogs, their energy is contagious! The people that run the camp are all so nice and really love what they do, you can't help but love this place! This is a great tour, we will come back for sure!!