Experience dog mushing like you might never have imagined! You'll learn about the life of sled dogs and their musher and see these dogs in action when they pull you on a fast and thrilling summertime ride. Once you have arrived at our Musher's Camp, you'll meet the dogs, climb onto a custom-made, wheeled sled designed specifically for running during the snow-less summer months, then sit back and watch the team pull. Your team of 16 huskies will whisk you along a one-mile trail surrounded by gigantic spruce and hemlock trees - many of which are hundreds of years old. After the ride, sit down and enjoy a rich presentation from one of our experienced mushers regarding the sport of dog mushing.
Before heading back, don't forget to cuddle with the adorable husky puppies! Enjoy some refreshments and wander through the camp to visit with the dogs and the mushers whose hard work, dedication and love, make mushing such a unique and wonderful sport. Note: Some walking over slightly uneven ground is required. Each land sled seats 6 people. This tour is not conducted on snow.
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Rating Snapshot(4 reviews)
3 of 4(75%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Sled Dog Discovery & Musher's Camp
Excursion was not worth the money. Spent a very long time after having a very short dry run with the dogs and sled hanging around waiting for previous visitors to have a short talk then move onto the petting of the dogs which were cute. Not much information about the job as a musher either. Two and half hours was too long for the visit. Shame as we were really looking forward to this excursion.
Other reviewers have done a great job going in to detail about what to expect, so I'm not going to chronicle the excursion. The "sled" ride was fun, but not that enjoyable looking at the dogs through 4 other people's heads. This excursion gives you the general experience and knowledge of mushing, but I honestly think it's a little overpriced for what you get. When I went we held 2 wk old pups, barely old enough. I would have been extremely disappointed if there were no pups to interact with, but obviously they can't always control if puppies will be available for that (something to keep in mind). I enjoyed it, but I would have loved to experience the real thing (too dang expensive!). I would still recommend it, especially to fellow dog lovers!
We loved this... it was great fun. We took a bus, and then a van, to the camp. (The camp is located in the Alaskan Forest; it took about 45 minutes to get there.) These are real sled dogs at their summer training camp. The camp staff divided us into two groups and took one group on a sled ride and took our group over a pretty little bridge and to a nice deck waiting area where a young guide (who had one of the dogs with him) showed us some dog and human race gear and gave us information.., and also let us pose and take pictures with a sled dog named Angel. When it was our turn to ride, we got on the sled and were pulled down the dirt road and then back. The sled had to stop several times to adjust dogs and make them all happy.(These dogs are catered too, but in a good way.) We were able to meet and pet the pulling dogs when the ride was done. When we got back we were offered hot chocolate and coffee (it was cold and raining, so this was nice) and then directed to another seating area where they talked to us about the history of dog-sledding and dog races. I thought they did a great job. They had a fire going. (Actually, my husband got it going for a young woman, but I'm sure it would have been started in his absence.. but don't tell him that! Ha!) At the mushers camp it was like a nice camping site. At the end of our tour we saw a litter of puppies (older puppies) and got to hold them.
I really enjoyed how well the camp was set up, how new and clean everything felt, (even in this forest/dirt environment), how well the dogs were treated, and how smart the handlers were. The dogs were very happy and seemed to love being there, and very excited to pull our sled, which I also enjoyed. The sled operator and the tour was kind enough that when he stopped to give the dogs a break he took all of our cameras and took pictures from the front, looking at our sled (I attached one of those.) They didn't try to sell us pictures, they took picture for us with our own cameras, which was very thoughtful.
I read very negative and very positive reviews about this excursion. And honestly, while we were having a great time, some people with us seemed to be very bored.
Advice: know what this tour really is and who you are (what you/your family likes) before booking it. This is not about the 10-20 minute sled ride. (The time is dependent on how cooperative the dogs are.) If you find history and dogs fascinating and you like to learn and you like to be around dogs... you'll love this. If you want a long ride on a sled you'll feel ripped off. Be aware that this is in the woods, on dirt roads, and in the elements with dogs. One couple with a baby seemed nervous. Also be aware that they set this place up in the beautiful Alaskan forest. It’s very nice with sheltered areas and a campfire area, hot chocolate and coffee, interesting photos and maps, and great, knowledgeable, friendly guides and dog handlers.
I loved it! I thought it was worth the money. I'd do it again and I'd recommend it to friends/family.
Monica was the lead dog and quite "chatty". The dog musher was great and loved the way she told Monica which way to go! Great excursion, lovely guides and the sled ride was fun!!! Loved meeting all the dogs and most of all.....we got to play with the puppies!!! Very educational and would recommend this to everyone.