A visit to the historic Trail Breaker Kennel should top your list of things to do on your next Alaskan vacation!
This iconic piece of Alaskan culture is conveniently located only a mile from the Fairbanks International Airport and along the Chena River in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Learn more about each of our 5-star reviewed tours below.
Take a ride with our sled dogs during this once-in-a-lifetime Alaskan experience. Join one of our mushers as they introduce you to our kennel, sled dogs, and lifestyle. Hop on a five-passenger rig and experience an exhilarating sled dog ride through our beautiful Alaskan trails. Puppy cuddling concludes this adrenaline-packed experience. This tour is perfect for those wanting to see sled dogs in action and immerse themselves in the experiences of mushers in Alaska!
On this summer tour, you can learn what it’s like to operate a kennel on a walking tour of one of the longest operating kennels in Alaska. Join one of our experienced mushers as they show you around our property, introduce you to our amazing sled dogs, and teach you how we prepare for the 1,000-mile Iditarod and Yukon Quest races. See our sled dogs in action as our mushers take a team of sled dogs out for a summer training run. At the end of the tour there will be plenty of time to ask questions, pet your favorite husky, and cuddle our adorable husky puppies. This visit is perfect for those wanting to learn more about the sport of dog mushing and see sled dogs in action!
Meet the mushers, huskies, and puppies of historic Trail Breaker Kennel! Founded in 1976, Trail Breaker has a mighty history in the great state of Alaska. Join our mushers on a walking tour of our kennel as they teach you about the history and lifestyle of mushers in Interior Alaska. Learn how our record-setting kennel founders, Susan Butcher and David Monson, shaped the sport of mushing. Learn about Trail Breaker’s sled dog training philosophy as you cuddle adorable husky puppies. This family-friendly and informative experience is perfect for kids, adults, and historians alike!
Trail Breaker Kennel has been a favorite stop on the Riverboat Discovery tours for over 20 years. During the three-hour river cruise, the Riverboat Discovery stops on the banks of the Chena River at Trail Breaker Kennel for an exciting show. Visitors learn what it takes to run a championship kennel from David, Tekla, and our staff of seasoned dog mushers. After a thrilling dog mushing demonstration, visitors meet our incredible Alaskan huskies and mushers during their stop at the Chena Indian Village. We hope to see you down the river!
This tour was part of our Norwegian Cruise and land trip to Alaska. This is a very well run kennel and we came away from the experience with a greater appreciation of life in the North. The staff were great to answer any questions and gave us a history of dog sledding and where the sport is today. To top it off we were lucky enough to play with the 6-week old puppies!!
Amazing community of people here at TBK, well worth the visit and so much to learn from the people who work here. The dogs are beautiful and amazing athletes each with their own personality. If you love dogs and want to learn about the history and culture of mushing this is the place to be! Make sure you ask lots of questions when you go! The guides are always happy to answer them with such enthusiasm and personal knowledge and experience about the great sport of mushing
Being from the Midwest I knew absolutely nothing about mushing. After taking this tour I’m a lot more educated and look forward to following the sport. It’s always nice when you get a tour from someone who is passionate about their sport. Kailyn was able to explain the most basic questions to the most advanced with answers that were easy for the entire audience to understand (8yo kids to 70yo grandmothers). This was one of the most interesting tours we took on our 16-day journey of Alaska. If you are looking for souvenirs, their gift shop is super affordable!
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