This summer camp for Iditarod sled dogs offers comprehensive tours that include sledding rides, meet and greets with dogs, and information about dog sledding.
We experienced the bumpy and adventurous drive up the side of the mountain, just on the outskirts of Juneau and found that it too was part of the fun of the Summer Dog Sled Musher's Camp experience! Our son adored the driver for making the "rollercoaster" van experience a memorable one.
We drove past Last Chance Mining, which given more time would have been fun also, but it was neat to see along the way. Hoary marmots and lots of birds were seen hidden in the passing scenery before we drove up to a big sign for the dog sled camp and a vast, awe-inspiring view of alpine meadows and a dog park with at least one hundred excited huskies (or mixed breed sled dogs) barking eagerly.
My son loved being in the cart and we found it to be a much more comfortable ride than anticipated. We were among a small group of avid dog sled racing fans, so we didn't receive the "standard" tour that is more of an intro to the sport. It was nice to just converse with racers/mushers and interact with the dogs.
Bonus: The cookies that are offered up are nothing short of amazing! My 2nd trimester self MAY have had four of them...but who's counting, right?
We really enjoyed the ride on the cart behind a dog team, but it only lasted about ten minutes and was under a few miles long. It was fun to hit mud puddles and watch the sheer power and drive that the dogs possess! They LOVE to run. It would be nice if the tour was more lengthy though -- it takes a few hours of your day and you're really only in the cart for a few minutes. We realized the dogs would get hot in the summer months with a lengthy run, but it would be nice to have a 1/2 hr ride or so.
Other than the swiftness of the ride, the tour was magical, especially for kids. The puppies in the barn at the end of the trip was a delightful way to end the day! Kisses and puppy breath after an afternoon of fresh air and cookies! Anyone who loves animals or has kids should consider putting this excursion on their itinerary! It's great fun!
Disclosure: We were allowed complimentary admission for the purposes of this review. All opinions are our own.
We visited the Dog Sled Discovery as a stop on our small ship cruise itinerary (though I know the large cruise ships offer it as well) and it was one of the kids' favorite stops. The camp is in a very scenic location outside of Juneau, and the sled dogs train here in the summer pulling wheeled carts. We rode in a cart behind 16 sled dogs (a few of whom were young dogs learning to pull) and our musher was very informative, answering all our questions.
After our ride, we were able to meet the dogs and listened to a talk about dog sledding, where we could try on some musher gear. We then got to hold and cuddle some very young sled dog puppies!