Anchorage, Alaska: Go Dogsledding in Summer

A future dogsleg puller and her master in Anchorage, Alaska.
A future dogsled puller and her master in Anchorage, Alaska.

The first thing you probably think of when someone says dog sledding is snow, correct? What if I told you that you could go dog sledding, in the middle of summer, without the snow?

Well in Anchorage, Alaska you can go on your very own Summer Sled Dog Adventure, thanks to Girdwood Mushing Company and Gold Mine Safari Tours.

Bring the family and meet the 4-legged crew as they bring you across Alaska’s beautiful and scenic landscape. The ride starts with an eight-mile trek up the historic Iditarod trail in an open air high-mobility all terrain vehicle. A tour guide will explain the area’s gold mining history while you take in the phenomenal views.

After arriving at the Girdwood Mushing’s Company’s kennel, you will meet your musher, and of course, his dog crew. Leap into the sled dog cart and allow the Alaskan Huskies to escort you through one of the most picturesque spots in Alaska. You might even get a chance lead the dogs yourself.

Of course, you cannot leave without visiting the Puppy Petting Pavilion. The name even sounds great. Here, you can play with the future athletes and check out your musher’s award memorabilia and trophies commemorating “The Last Great Race”.

Learn about the gear mushers need to survive in such harsh climates and why Alaskan Huskies are natural born sled leaders.

Mushing doesn't stop just because there is no snow in Alaska!
Mushing doesn’t stop just because there is no snow in Alaska!

This one of a kind trip allows you to consume the knowledge and history of the area, all while taking in the feeling, sights, and smells that Alaska has to offer its visitors. Kennel tours and training rides are also available no matter what the season is. Visit with dogs that have Iditarod bloodlines…who knows, you could be petting a future champion.

The journey, which takes you to an elevation of 1200 feet, takes about 2.5 hours. Rides cost $148 for adults and $98 for children age 5-12. Tours are rain or shine, so dress appropriately! To find out how to book your own tour, visit   

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