Mushing Demo & Kennel Tour

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!

What will you see and do during your Mushing Demo & 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 they welcome you to Trail Breaker Kennel, where our Alaskan huskies do what they love
  • Meet the sled dogs up close. Learn about how we care for our canine athletes and run a kennel in Interior Alaska
  • Learn about our history and how kennel founders Susan Butcher and David Monson influenced the sport of dog mushing
  • Watch as our experienced mushers hook up a team of huskies and take them on a training run around our beautiful property
  • After the exciting dog mushing demonstration, learn about how we prepare and train for the 1,000-mile Iditarod and Yukon Quest races. 
  • Listen as our musher guides share their expertise about the sport of dog mushing and experiences on the race trail
  • 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!

David Taking Off

Tour Details

Tour Start Time: 11:00am & 5:00pm daily

Cost: $75/adult, $52/child (12 years old and under)

Duration: 1 hour

Capacity: 15 people per tour

Age Restriction: Guests must be at least 4 years old to participate. 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. If you have any booking questions, email us at tours@trailbreakerkennel.com.

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 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 to the kennel. Guests must make their way to and from the kennel on their own. If you are in need of 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.

Holding Puppy
Teak

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