Dryland Mushing

EXPERIENCE THE THRILL OF DOG MUSHING ON A PERSONAL LEVEL BY JOINING US ON THIS 5-STAR-RATED ADVENTURE. LEARN ABOUT THE LIFE OF SLED DOGS AND THEIR TRAINERS FROM A 4-TIME IDITAROD CHAMPION TEAM AS WE PREPARE YOU TO DRIVE YOUR OWN TEAM ON OUR DRYLAND RACE RIGS.

MUSH YOUR OWN TEAM AND BECOME AN ACTIVE PART OF DALLAS SEAVEY RACING’S YEAR-ROUND TRAINING PROGRAM. WITH PLENTY OF ONE-ON-ONE TIME WITH THE DOGS, AND FANTASTIC PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES, THIS EXPERIENCE WILL BE YOUR PRIZE MEMORY OF ALASKA.

 
 
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Your Itinerary:

Transportation to and from downtown Talkeetna

Get trained up and mush your own team of sled dogs

Go on a 45 minute wilderness mush

Learn how sled dogs and their mushers live, play, and train

Romp with puppies in our giant run pen

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THE Highlights:

Meet Iditarod champion sled dogs

Private mushing trails with Iditarod checkpoint replica

Small groups for a personal hands-on experience

Tour takes place at a 4-time Iditarod champion’s kennel

 
 

 

This awesome tour is an active experience. Please rank yourself and each guest in your party on the following scale. You will be asked for your activity level rank during the checkout process.

Please select the highest level you are confident you can do.

Once on the tour we will always help our guests do as much as they safely and comfortably can regardless of level selected. Accurately ranking yourself allows us to prepare for your group so that we can make sure you get the most out of this amazing experience.

If you are unsure which level to select for yourself or someone in your group please see the additional information located below the chart, or feel free to give us a call and we’ll help you make the correct selection.

At least 50% of the guests in your group should be able to drive, a strong 3 or greater and be at least 15 years old. If you believe less than 50% of your group can drive, please call us and we can explain how we can accommodate your group.

 
 
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you got this!

I am physically active, regularly participating in demanding sports and activities.

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You’ll do great.

I am in OK shape. I am able to do a PUSH-UP. I can jog up a short flight of stairs and can walk over uneven or rocky ground quickly and comfortably.

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We’ll see when you get here.

I am not able to do a push-up. I can walk upstairs without using a railing, but I need to take my time over uneven ground.

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You are going to love this tour as a passenger.

I need a railing when going up stairs. I can stand up from a sitting position unassisted. Riding in a bouncy car over a rough gravel road does not excessively bother my back or other injuries.

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We have a walking tour that you might prefer.

Call and ask about pricing & availability.

Riding in a bouncy vehicle bothers my back or other injuries. I need assistance walking over uneven ground and to stand from a sitting position.

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Not sure where you fit? Call us with any questions!

We can adjust the tour to accommodate some riders and drivers, with appropriate notice given to us.

 
 

Why the focus on balance and upper-body strength as a driver?

If you are operating one of the dry-land mushing rigs during the tour, you will be in a standing position on the cart, holding on with both hands, with your feet planted wider than shoulder-width apart. You need upper-body strength to control the cart (the steering and braking are nearly identical to a bicycle). Because you are in a standing position on a moving, bouncy vehicle, you need to ensure that you can keep your balance, and hang on effectively. This is why having both upper-arm strength and balance is important.

Why the focus on leg strength, arm strength, and back condition as a passenger?

Being a rider in a dryland mushing rig is similar to riding in a car over a gravel or rocky road, in the way that the cart is constantly moving, and may be very bouncy at times. There will be times where you need to use both your legs and arms to stabilize yourself in the cart. The rapid movements and bouncing of the cart may also aggravate current back injuries or chronic back issues.

What happens if you think you are a Driver, but you may not be physically able to upon arrival?

Our staff is ultimately responsible for the safety of our dogs and the guests and will make the final determination. If you are unable to drive, you will still enjoy the entire tour as a passenger. This means that you will still be able to participate in the mushing portion of the tour.

What if someone in our group does not want to or is physically unable to go on the mushing portion of the tour?

We have an amazing lodge building with a comfortable indoor and outdoor waiting area with a mountain view and cold (or warm) drinks. This is where the guest may wait while their group is on the mushing portion of the tour. After their group returns, they will join them on the walking portion of the tour in which the entire group will have the chance the romp with larger puppies in the 2-acre run-pen (if they wish), visit some of the Iditarod-winning sled dogs, learn more about how the sled dogs live, play and train, and cuddle some puppies. Call and ask us about pricing and availability for the walking tour.

 

 
 

This exciting tour introduces you to the world of dryland mushing!

Tours start from downtown Talkeetna. During the 15-minute ride from the meeting point to the Kennel, your driver will share some of the history of sled dogs in Alaska and how the Iditarod and the sport of mushing came to be such an iconic part of Alaskan history and lore.

Arrive at the ultimate sled dog playground; the year-round home and kennel of 4-time Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey. Your experienced guide will get you geared up and teach you how to drive our custom dryland mushing rigs. Each guest will share a rig with another guest from their group, taking turns driving and riding in the bucket seat (if a guest is unable to drive or is between the ages of 6 and 14, they will only ride). Please see our Driver Ability Ranking Table (DART) for more info.

Once everyone is geared up and instructions are over it’s time to hitch up the teams. Watch in awe as your team of huskies is hooked up and the entire yard clambers to be chosen and sings their choruses of pick me, pick me! When the last dog is hitched in, it’s time to rock and roll! Hang on as your team charges out of the kennel and onto our private trail system that has been specifically designed for novice dog mushers. Follow your guide as they lead the way with their own team of dogs.

 
 
 
 

This is what it’s all about! Feel the power of the team as they charge down the trail. There is something very special about traveling through the wilderness with a team of dogs and seeing the pure joy exuding from these animals as they charge down the trail.

At the halfway mark it’s time to stop and give the team a short break. Now’s a great time to get photos with your team and learn a little more about each of them. All the dogs are either retired racing dogs (many have won the Iditarod), are currently on the race team, or are the next generation in training to become the next great champions!  All the dogs at our kennel are friendly, love attention and are extremely generous with their slobber.

While the canines cool off, take a look at our replica Iditarod checkpoint and learn how these amazingly tough dogs and mushers survive and thrive on 1,000 mile endurance races through the heart of Alaska.

 
 

Once the dogs have cooled off it’s time to hit the trail again. The driver and passenger will switch places for the return trip.

Back in the kennel, get a picture with your team and give them a final pat before walking through the dog yard with your guide, learning more about how an Iditarod racing kennel operates. While touring the kennel you will learn all about how these world-class athletes live, play, and train, from puppy to retiree.

 
 

Next be joined by a pack of puppies and a couple of older dogs for a romp in our giant run pen. Throw the ball, walk with the dogs, or just have a seat and snuggle a puppy, as your guide relates their personal stories and experiences from the trail.

Lastly, your guide will walk you through some of the gear and equipment our team uses to successfully train and race in extreme winter conditions and some of the most rugged and remote environments across Alaska.

Visit the gift shop and check out the Iditarod trophy display before heading back to Talkeetna.

 
 
 

 

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