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Skagway Sled Dog and Musher's Camp

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3 ¼ Hour Duration
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From pick-up to drop-off
Family-Friendly
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No minimum age for this tour
Food Available
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Full-service cafe on-site
Time for Visiting
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Ample time for interacting with huskies and puppies

Description

Skagway sled dog tours are a great way to experience the excitement of Alaska’s state sport, and the Skagway Sled Dog and Musher Camp excursion is one of the best ones offered! Visit an authentic dogsledding summer training camp, take an exhilarating sled ride pulled by a team of 16 powerful Alaskan huskies, and learn about the sport of dog-sledding from experienced mushers who have competed in punishing world-renowned 1000-mile races like the Iditarod and Yukon Quest, and meet a crew of adorable husky puppies! The family-friendly Skagway Sled Dog and Musher Camp experience starts with a convenient pick-up from the cruise docks and runs for about three hours and 15 minutes. You’ll return to your cruise ship after a tour filled with Alaskan adventure, history, and an awe-inspiring wilderness experience that ranks as one of the best-reviewed of the Skagway sled dog tours.

A favorite among Alaska excursions Skagway, the Skagway Sled Dog and Musher Camp expedition begins with a fascinating guided tour of historic downtown Skagway, followed by a scenic drive along 11 miles of beautiful coastline to the Musher’s Camp in Dyea, once a thriving Gold Rush town. Then hop aboard a monster Unimog all-terrain vehicle for an exhilarating ride up a mountain road lined with fast-flowing glacial streams and waterfalls. At the mountaintop, you’ll be greeted by your musher and a team of excited huskies ready and waiting to race! Board the custom-designed wheeled summer sled as these powerful dogs take you on a breathtaking, mile-long, zig-zagging ride along a trail through the Tongass National Forest. After bidding farewell to your hard-working team with pets and praise, climb back into the Unimog for another adventurous ride, this time to a stunning overlook above the Dyea tidal flats, where you may spot eagles, bears, seals and wildflowers against a backdrop of snow-capped peaks. Finally, it’s back to the Musher’s Camp for a kennel talk, where you’ll learn all about dogsledding before meeting the camp’s coterie of future star athletes: the husky puppies. Playing with these bouncy bundles of joy is an important part of the socialization process that is essential to their future racing success, so don’t hold back in the cuddles department! With adorable pups thrown into Skagway sled dog tours for good measure, who could resist this favorite among Alaska excursions Skagway!

Looking for a sled dog experience, but also hoping to get a little further off the beaten track? You may want to check out our Yukon Discovery and Sled Dog Tour, another example among highly-rated Alaska excursions Skagway.


What's Included

Round Trip Transportation
Knowledgable Guides
Guide Gratuities
Food & Drink

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the sled ride? Is it bumpy?
The sled ride is about a mile long. Sometimes, the ride can be a little bumpy, but our guides are usually able to avoid the bumps well enough. The speed, as well as the exact timing, of the ride is dependent upon both the dogs’ performance as well as the weather on the day of your visit. So, there is truly no way for us to say exactly how fast the sled will go on any given run.
Is the sled ride on snow?
In both Skagway and Juneau, our excursion takes place on the ground in the woods, and we use a customized summertime wheeled sled. Our summertime sleds are a great way to experience mushing without the cold temperatures and heavy snow of wintertime Alaska.
Do I get to drive the sled?
No one knows the dogs like their mushers, for this reason, passengers are not allowed to drive the sled. Driving the sled, as well as keeping the dogs in line, takes skills and knowledge that is only acquired through experience.
How many people will fit on the sled?
Six guests plus the musher go together on the sled. We normally run more than one sled at a time, so we can easily accommodate larger groups.

Know Before You Book

Minimum Age: There is no minimum age to join this tour
Each sled holds 6 guests + 1 musher with multiple sleds running at one time.
Guests must be able to walk at least 100 yards and raise legs at least 12 inches.
Guest must have the capability to navigate up and down 12 steps consecutively.
Collapsible wheelchairs are permitted, but guests must be able to meet the above requirements.
Cancel up to 14-days before the tour for a refund. No refund is available if canceled within 14-days of the tour. If for any reason your tour is canceled, or if your cruise ship's schedule changes, you will receive a refund. Refunds do not include any non-refundable fees. Contact us by phone or email to request a cancellation.

Quick Facts

City
Skagway

Duration
3h 15min

Adult Rate
$184

Child Rate
$164

Infant Rate
$0


Itinerary • 3h 15min • 8 activities

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Meet your guides right at the cruise docks or in downtown Skagway if you are staying locally for a narrated transfer to the dogsled camps.

Duration
35 minutes
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Take a minute to use the facilities & stretch out your legs at the basecamp, before loading up for an exciting mountainside ride.

Duration
10 minutes
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Climb up the mountainside roads for stunning views of the Dyea valley as you head up to the musher's camp in a Unimog offroad vehicle.

Duration
15 minutes
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Take some time to meet the dogs and chat with your musher before hopping in the carts to experience the power of the incredible canine athletes on a 1-mile ride through the forest.

Duration
30 minutes
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Load back into the Unimog for the drive down the mountain, with a special stop at a viewing platform for photo opportunities & stunning views of the valley below & Chilkat Range.

Duration
25 minutes
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Learn about the sport of dogsledding from experts, including historical information about the famous Iditarod that many of these dogs compete in each year.

Duration
20 minutes
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Time for the best part! Cuddle up with the puppies being raised by the mushers & take photos with the mushers, pups, and historical gear from the presentation.

Duration
20 minutes
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Climb back in the vans for convenient transfer right back to your cruise docks or downtown Skagway.

Duration
40 minutes