Historic Kennel Tour

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!

What will you see and do during your Historic Kennel Tour?

Arrive at Trail Breaker Kennel 

Follow the directions in your confirmation email to arrive at Trail Breaker Kennel. Parking is available at our tour site for those who drive their own vehicle. 

Tour Itinerary

  • Meet your musher guide as you arrive at Trail Breaker Kennel. Our mushers are a wealth of knowledge, so make sure to come with questions!
  • Join your guide as they walk you around our history-making kennel. Along the way your guide will introduce you to the world of mushing, the 1,000-mile Iditarod and Yukon Quest races, and the Alaskan Husky breed
  • Learn about the groundbreaking careers of our kennel founders, four-time Iditarod champion Susan Butcher and Yukon Quest champion David Monson. You’ll even see some of Susan’s Iditarod trophy’s up close during your visit!
  • Puppy playtime! Head over to meet our newest members of the team and get some puppy cuddles
  • Ask any final questions, browse through our gift shop, the Trail Breaker Trading Post, and take any last photos as your exciting visit to Trail Breaker Kennel wraps up.

End of Tour

Just because your visit is over doesn’t mean you can’t stay up to date with the mushers and huskies at Trail Breaker. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for updates from your musher guides and adorable husky photos!

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Tour Details

Cost: $69/adult, $49/child (12 years old and under)

Duration: 1 hour

Capacity: 10 people per tour

Age Restriction: No age restriction. An attentive adult must accompany anyone 17 years of age or younger throughout the entirety of this tour.

Booking: Reservations are required for this tour.

Cancellation Policy: We require a 100% down payment for bookings. Cancellations and modifications can be made up to 24 hours in advance will receive a 100% refund. You can do so by following the links in your confirmation email. If you need to cancel your tour within that 24-hour window, email us at tours@trailbreakerkennel.com to receive a 50% refund. No-shows will be charged the full amount.

Military Discount: We offer a 10% discount for active duty and reserve members, and their dependents. Use the code Military at checkout. A valid ID will be required at the start of your tour.

Mobility: We work to provide everyone with a great experience, no matter their level of mobility. This tour requires some walking over uneven terrain. There are benches and chairs along the way for those who need a rest. Our guides will also be there to help you along the way. We ask that you detail any mobility issues in your intake form when completing your booking. If you have any questions or concerns before your visit, email us at tours@trailbreakerkennel.com. We will be happy to chat with you to make sure you get the most out of your visit.

Transportation: We do not provide transportation. Guests must make their way to and from the kennel on their own. If you need transportation, we suggest using one of the taxi services in Fairbanks. On average, a taxi ride from downtown Fairbanks will cost $15-20 each way. For a list of the taxis in Fairbanks, click here

Weather: Tours operate rain or shine. Be prepared for the unpredictable Alaskan weather by bringing layers and a raincoat. We have ponchos for use when needed.

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