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“Fun, interesting hands-on experience with dog sledding”

Black Spruce Dog Sledding
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Open year-round! Interactive, educational and super fun dog sledding tours with real long distance mushers. Owned by Iditarod veteran, Jeff Deeter. Meet our high-energy, friendly, genuine racing sled dogs. Beautiful scenery and warmer temperatures in the high hills above Fairbanks. Winter tours use a "tag sled" so you can try driving the dog sled! Summer tours use a 5-passenger ATV. Please visit our website for more information.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were one of two couples to do the winter day scenic mushing. The location is beautiful, up on a ridge in the forest. We found that it was not as difficult to locate as their website suggests. The directions were very detailed and easy to follow. If this were a night tour, on the other hand, it might be a bit more difficult to navigate. The location is certainly off the grid. Once there, it was an immersive dog experience -- learning about them, playing with them, having them jump all over us. The dogs are excited and friendly, and weigh about 40 to 60 pounds, so you are not getting pummeled by some huge husky. But if you don't like dogs, this is not the tour for you. Each couple had one person sitting in the front sled and one person standing on the rear tag-sled, which gives a reasonable feeling of what it is like to actually mush. The tag-sled set-up makes this tour worth it on its own -- it is so much better than just sitting. The trail on which the mushing takes place is lovely. Our one negative is that the actual sledding is fairly short. The majority of the time is learning about, meeting, harnessing and unharnessing the dogs rather than going out on the trail.

Thank John G
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Black Spruce in late March. The staff and dogs were super welcoming and this was by far the best activity we did on our Alaska trip. My teenagers were even impressed and said they had a blast, especially with visiting each and every dog. Thank you for some great family memories.

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Thank Heidi S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Black Spruce at the end of March 2018 on an overcast day with myself, wife, and our 8-month old infant. The directions from their website made it easy to find and took less than 40 minutes from our hotel in Fairbanks.

After we parked, we were greeted by Riley who was fantastically friendly and invited us inside their welcome tent. He gave us adults some snow pants to wear and we had a wonderful chat about his dog sled racing experiences while we got ourselves and the baby ready. After everyone was dressed, Riley took us outside to meet his dogs which was such an amazing experience. We are dog owners/lovers and the energy from the sled dogs is infectious. Riley let us help him harness the dogs to the sled and it was so fun to watch each dog leap and bound through the snow. He has such an awesome connection with his dogs there isn't enough time to describe what a treat it was to see that kind of relationship.

The sled ride itself was pure joy. Our 8-month old sat in my wife's lap of the front sled and was having so much fun. it was completely safe for the baby and Riley was so experienced we felt comfortable the whole time. I was 'driving' the rear sled which was a blast and really more just holding on and applying the brakes when instructed. We stopped about 3/4 of the way into the ride and Riley took some awesome family pics of us with the team.

It was the perfect family activity which is great when you have a little one as young as we did. Riley was the perfect guide and cross your fingers that when you go you'll get to experience the sledding with him.

Thank dragonballs
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Incredible afternoon with the team up at Black spruce. Lyndsey was a really friendly and knowledgeable guide and allowed us to be really hands on. Dogs were amazing the whole time and really friendly! Sledding itself was also incredible. Perfect spring afternoon in the snow!

Thank Chris G
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved every minute spent talking to our hosts, playing with the dogs and out on the sled! Our group was looking forward to the experience and it did not disappoint. Our guides spent time talking sharing their knowledge about the dogs, living off the grid and even the White Mountains, which I was runnning in the following day. I can’t say enough great things about the guides and the dogs!

Thank kate j
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