Juneau Musher's Camp & Sled Dog Discovery

Picture yourself behind a line of expertly trained and incredibly energetic sled dogs, flying through the forest. Dreams become reality on this excursion as you get to see these dogs in action and experience mushing firsthand! This is a summertime Juneau sled dog adventure, not on snow, that is fun for the entire family!

Before you take off on the sled equipped with wheels through the Tongass National Rainforest, you will get a chance to interact and play with the dogs. The base is known as the Musher's Camp and is the tour staging area where you get to meet the Mushers and hear their epic stories of racing and mushing across Alaska. Each has a unique history and connection with their dog mushing teams and you will see the bond they share when you get out on the trail.

The track is a full mile of fun, lined by the massive and impressive spruce and hemlock trees that make up the rainforest. Feel free to use your camera to capture your favorite moments as you ride behind the team of 16 strong and swift Alaskan huskies. Upon return to the camp, you will be offered snacks and an informative presentation by one of the experienced mushers about the iconic Iditarod race across Alaska. Don't forget to take some time to cuddle the puppies, wander the camp, or ask any questions about this unique Alaskan sport!

Please note: Child price is for 2-12 year olds. Infants 2 and under are free but they must ride on an adults lap.

Duration: 2.25 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal.)

​Inclusions:

  • Roundtrip transportation to musher's camp base
  • Hot and cold beverages

Requirements:

  • Guests must be comfortable walking short distances on uneven surfaces

Duration: 2.25 hours. Tour times below are approximate:

  • 1 hour roundtrip narrated transportation with beautiful Alaskan scenery
  • 30 minutes mushing on the dog carts/meeting the team
  • 30 minutes presentation of dogsledding history
  • 20 minutes photo opportunities and sled dog puppy visits along with refreshments

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets in front of the Mt. Robert's Tramway building. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is limited mobility accessible. Guests must be able to walk short distances and raise their knee 8 inches to accommodate steps into and out of the vehicles. There is limited space for collapsible wheelchairs and walkers. There is no storage availble for motorized scooters. Please leave a comment during checkout if accommodations for collapsible equipment will be required on tour.

Can I pet and play with the sled dogs?

Yes, the dogs love human interaction and the musher's will let you get close and snuggly with their team.

Do I get to drive the dogsled?

No, for safety reasons you will not have the opportunity to run the sled.

How many passengers ride in the sled together? 

Each sled can accomodate 6 guests.

Are there any age restrictions for children?

There are no age restrictions for this tour.

Is there any weight restriction?

There is no weight limit for this tour. Guests must be able to walk short distances and raise the knee 12 inches to accommodate steps into and out of the vehicles. 

Can I bring a backpack?

All bags must be stored at the prior to participatin on the sled ride part of the tour.

Can I bring my own food or drink?

Non-alcoholic beverages in a closeable containters and snacks are allowed on tour.

Are food and drink included?

Hot and cold beverages are included.

Are there any physical requirements for this tour?

Guests must be comfortable walking short distances on uneven surfaces.

What type of clothing should I wear?

Layered and waterproof clothing are recommended.

Not seeing answers to your questions?

Check out other frequently asked questions here!

Want to learn more about our dogsledding tours?

Check out our blog for more details on all of the dogsledding tours we offer: Alaska dog sled tours!

Customer Reviews
Aug 2019 - Astrid A.

We did this with our 11 year old grandson and enjoyed it greatly!

Aug 2019 - Dennis F.

Outstanding adventure

Jul 2019 - Charlotte J.

Fun, fun, fun! Loved cuddling with puppies!

Jul 2019 - Marlene D.

Loved it. All of it.

Jul 2019 - Deborah T.

We had a great time. Our musher was excellent in giving information and answering questions.

Jul 2019 - Robert S.

Our musher taught us so much about dog sledding, her dogs and life style. Our family of 10 thoroughly enjoyed it.

Jul 2019 - Marie B.

Awesome experience and awesome time! Highly recommend doing this tour. Pick up from cruise port a breeze. Great driver. Small group tour, way better than the cruise ship excursions. Book with this company and you won t be disappointed!

Jul 2019 - Susan B.

The instructors were upbeat & knowledgeable. My children loved playing with the dogs!!

Jul 2019 - Tia B.

We had a fantastic excursion! Ages 43, 10, and 9- everyone enjoyed riding in the cart, petting and hugging the new puppies, and listening to the stories of the dogs and Iditarod. Thank you for such a wonderful experience!

Jun 2019 - Laura D.

The dogs are always a great experience. Well run and organized tour.

Jun 2019 - Ellen R.

Our experience with this excursion was a highlight of our trip. The camp was very clean with beautiful surroundings. I highly recommend this. We loved seeing the dogs and being able to hold the puppies too.

Jun 2019 - Cassandra L.

We really enjoyed learning about the dogs and the cart ride was fun. You could tell the dogs enjoy pulling. They were so excited when we got there. The puppies were the scene stealers.

Jun 2019 - Anthony S.

The people were friendly and it was a good time

Jun 2019 - Heather C.

This was such a fun wonderful experience. We enjoyed the ride so much and meeting the dogs and puppies was the sweetest. Everyone was very nice and kind. Our musher stopped and took pics of us all which was so sweet. I would do this again for sure!

Jun 2019 - Myrina Meleah A R.

Kids loved it!!

Jun 2019 - MICHELLE S.

Had a great time on this excursion! When we arrived, the dogs were already waiting to go, and so excited! The ride was fun and we stopped halfway through for the dogs to rest a moment and we were able to pet each and everyone if we liked. They all showed us their personalities and our guide explained a lot to us and answered any questions we had! We took off again and enjoyed the ride in and was able to hear about their training and racing in more detail! Then we walked across the swaying bridge for a beautiful view and pictures. The best part was that each of us had a chance to hold a puppy! Super sweet and the mama allowed us to hold her puppies as she knew that they would be returned to her. Fantastic experience and a must do. We joined the excursion in Juneau!

Jun 2019 - Erna L.

Lovely young staff members that work together as a team :)

Jun 2019 - Sharon S.

Excellent

May 2019 - Michael C.

Fantastic experience you can see that the staff love and care for ther dogs

May 2019 - Jaclyn K.

Enjoyed the experience. Highly recommend this adventure.

Sep 2018 - Philip H.

Enjoyed it, but not sure it was value for money

Sep 2018 - David H.

Well worth the money

Sep 2018 - James M.

Lots of fun seeing the dogs and how the mushers worked together. The sled ride was amazing.

Sep 2018 - Janette R.

Really enjoyed this tour. The people at the Musher's camp were informative and I loved meeting the dogs and puppies.

Sep 2018 - LI T.

What a fun it is to ride in a 16 dogs' cart! Just like promised, we rode a wagon pulled by dogs (fast and exciting), learned about the dogs and their mushers' amazing lives, pat the puppies. Emily and Chasy the mushers are so wonderful and pleasant to be with. So was of our driver (sorry that I forget his name) ~ a very experienced young guy,. We are very impressed with this excursion. Recommend it to everyone, either you love dogs or not that much.

Sep 2018 - Christopher M.

Great tour and so much fun!! The sled ride w/ the dogs was a blast and we loved all the dogs - their energy and friendliness. We loved holding the puppies and meeting the mushers. They were very informative and didn't mind answering all our questions. We did not feel rushed at all.

Sep 2018 - Rebecca P.

Exactly as advertised. Loved the experience and would do it again. The ride was a little rough at times...I loved it but my 70 yer old mother got a little bruised up. PUPPY TIME WAS THE BEST

Aug 2018 - Sandra J.

Amazing! The dogs just as wonderful as I thought they would be and the mushers and handlers were excellent. I learnt so much from them

Aug 2018 - Willa I.

Had a wonderful time

Aug 2018 - Jon K.

Very good bus driver comments on Juneau and points of interest on drive to Musher's Camp. Although the weather was unusually warm, the dogs were eager to run and the musher gave us great running commentary about her team. Afterwards, learning about the Ididerod Race and how the mushers and the Camp work together to keep the dog teams fed and trained through the summer. Would have been a very different experience on a colder, rainy day. Overall an excellent excursion.

Aug 2018 - A'lee W.

Thanks for the excellent time! We really enjoyed the Dog Sled and learning from the Musher.

Aug 2018 - Alison B.

Great time! The whole family loved it!

Jul 2018 - Antonio B.

Great experience, thank you!

Jul 2018 - Joann M.

I took my grandchildren to see the Dogs and my family. Everyone enjoyed the dogs and puppies and the wonderful things we learned about muskers. The owners of the dogs were very patient and really helped us enjoy the experience. Thank you.

Jul 2018 - Carol M.

Exciting to see the dogs and hear the musher's story. Very fun and my daughter enjoyed it and I did too! Recommend it highly.

Jul 2018 - Mariana V.

It was a fun experience, loved the time we had with the puppies. Thank you!

Jul 2018 - Amy N.

The best ever! Gracious, experienced, knowledgeable mushers. Would like more interactions with these wonderful dogs and puppies. My little granddaughter cannot stop talking about them!

Jul 2018 - Melisas M.

All of our tour guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. They helped make the experience amazing!

Jul 2018 - Stacy W.

The entire crew from the bus driver to the mushers were very friendly and knowledgeable.

Jul 2018 - Crystal G.

Wonderful time was a highlight of the day. We had more in our party that wished to do this but was sold out so couldn't all do it. Those that couldn't do it missed a wonderful event.

Jul 2018 - CHRISTINE W.

Beautiful camp, exhilarating ride on the cart, lots of fun snuggling the dogs! Kids loved it!

Jul 2018 - Heidi L.

This excursion was great! The guides were so kind and informative. They had puppies and hot cocoa for us. Who could ask for more?

Jul 2018 - Valerie M.

My 10 year old said this was his most favorite excursion of all! The mushers and camp attendants were so friendly and informative. We learned so much about the history of sled dogs and the Iditarod. And the ride along was so much fun!

Jun 2018 - Robert D.

This was the best. Moments on the sled pull were as thrilling as any park amusement ride, and the folks were great. The pickup point in Juneau was a bit disconcerting, since the place we were to wait was NOT where the van leaves from, so, it was there for quite a while before I started to worry and went looking for it. But, they came looking for us too, so it all worked out. Special BIG thanks for the van driver taking us back to the Cruise ship instead of the pickup point.

Jun 2018 - Michael H.

Everything about this excursion itself was great, although our bus was 20 minutes late due to a miscommunication between the meet and greet person and the bus driver. However, the rest was great. The guide and mushers were very friendly to us and great with the dogs. Interacting with the dogs and puppies was fantastic. We had our doubts doing this excursion in the summer, but it was well worth it.

Jun 2018 - Ann L.

We had a lovely morning, learned a lot. Puppies were adorable and amazing to learn these wonderful dogs are soooo loved

Jun 2018 - Christina B.

Fun was to experience these powerful dogs without having to take a helicopter, brave the cold, or break the bank. My daughter LOVES dogs and was so excited for this excursion. After the sledding, we pet the entire team, had a talk from a Iditarod racer about her equipment and the big Alaska races and then spent a little time meeting the puppies. This all among the trees beside a creek. These animals are well cared for and many have run the Iditarod. It's amazing to see how they respond the their musher and really work as a team. It's done in small groups so you have time for everything and don't feel rushed.

Jun 2018 - Kelvin M.

Wonderful. My favourite excursion. The huskies were adorable.

Jun 2018 - Mike P.

My daughter thought this was the best part of our 2 week vacation. Very awe inspiring and she just fell in love with the dogs and can see herself doing this when she gets older

Jun 2018 - Bradley D.

Fun, worth the trip, good people that love their dogs will show you how it's done. I left wanting to bring one of the dogs home to FL with me.

Jun 2018 - Geraldine D.

Very well done. We liked that this was a true musher camp; loved the training aspect; the puppies and we learned a lot about the very grueling Iditarod!

Jun 2018 - Sheri D.

FANTASTIC! Loved the dogs and our musher was the grandson of the man that started the Iditarod and a veteran of the race himself! The dogs were amazing and very affectionate. Puppies were a bonus! Great fun!

Jun 2018 - Heather M.

Awesome experience, beautiful setting, knowledgeable people. Highly recommend!

Jun 2018 - Melinda T.

We loved this excursion! From the moment we got on the bus our guide was so friendly, telling us all about the port and himself. Once we got to the camp the dogs went nuts they were so excited to give us a ride. Our musher was an expert and told us all about his experiences and his dogs. We loved hearing about the different stories of his dogs in real races. The camp guide then told us all about mushing and the Iditarod and Yukon races. Then we met puppies!! And got to hold them!! We also loved the scenic suspension bridge . It was very pretty over the creek and made for a great picture!

Jun 2018 - Gail B.

Spending time with the mushers and their dogs was very exciting. I learned more about sledding and what it takes to train for races. We were very lucky in getting the grandson of the man who created the Iditarod as our musher. Awesome time!

Jun 2018 - Ken S.

Would give 6 stars if I could Our guide, Kevin, was entertaining and provided great insight as far as sights on the way to the dog camp. Had a wonderful time and the puppies were adorable. Wish we had more time on the tour as it will be a memorable event!

May 2018 - Julio T.

It is nice to see the dogs. What it seems to me is that is a very short ride.

May 2018 - Al F.

We had so much fun with the dogs and mushers. Well done !!!

Oct 2017 - Teresa R.

16 dogs pulling a cart on wheels(no snow), we got an opportunity to then photograph and pet them, then we had cuddles with 6 puppies, hot chocolate, lots of info and saw artifacts from old dog sled mushers. Tour operators picked us up and dropped us off at the cruise shuttle bus car park. Small group tour so no long queues.

Sep 2017 - Martha C.

Great tour! This is exactly what I had expected to do & see & was very pleased with this tour. I had a smile on my face & a giggle or two when the dogs were pulling us on the sled! What an adventure! The added bonus to cuddle with the puppies made the day even more special. Thank you!

Sep 2017 - ARLINE A.

Loved it! Informative and fun. Happy to see the dogs so well treated.

Sep 2017 - Anne L.

It was great fun watching the dogs working (pulling us!) and we appreciated the musher/dog owner talking to us about her path to mushing and about her dogs. We LOVED holding the puppies, and enjoyed learning about the sport and the surrounding rain forest. Well worth the time and money! And, nice to not be cold!

Aug 2017 - Richard G.

Everyone was great...DOGS are the bonus!

Aug 2017 - Kelli N.

This was the highlight of our Alaska vacation! Everyone was so nice to us, and we really enjoyed learning more about the sport and the dogs. We plan to return when we are next in Alaska!

Jul 2017 - Terry B.

The sled dog discovery was my boys favorite part of a two week cruise. I recommended it for anyone that likes dogs.

Jul 2017 - Shannon A.

I booked this excursion for me and my 15 year old son. I have been on 6 cruises to all different places and this has been one of my favorite excursions of all times. The ride from the cruise to the camp was breathtaking. The mushers at the camp were very organized and knowledgeable. I highly recommend!

Jul 2017 - S T B.

Fabulous experience

Jul 2017 - Teresa M.

Love the dogs! Our driver loves dogs!

Jul 2017 - Michelle B.

Hands down the best excursion on our trip! We loved the camp and hearing all about how the dogs are trained. The ride was fun and the added bonus of petting newer puppies was really nice. Wonderful experience and great people that work there!

Jul 2017 - Susan L.

What a great day. My granddaughter was so excited to see the puppies and to take a ride on the sled. The time we spent there was informative and fun. the Mushers were very helpful and we learned a lot about the dogs and the life. A special shout out to our driver for taking us back to the ship the long way so we got to see the Mendenhall glacier from across the lake...

Jul 2017 - Erica D.

Very fun to meet all the dogs. Friendly staff.

Jul 2017 - EILEEN P.

Very enjoyable trip worth money

Jul 2017 - Nancy S.

The best for our grandchildren. Everyone was so friendly. Even a little rain didn't stop this experience. They remember this afternoon as one of their favorite in Alaska.

Jun 2017 - Lori W.

This was our favorite excursion of the trip! The guides were amazingly knowledgeable and engaging. Loved the sled ride, meeting the dogs and of course the puppies. Little things like coffee, tea, hot chocolate as well as warm water to wash your hands added to the experience. Thank you!

Jun 2017 - Scott J.

The highlight of our Alaskan Cruise! A must for any Iditarod fan. Very informative adventure. Puppies were so cute.

Jun 2017 - Christopher P.

My family and I really enjoyed our visit to the Juneau Sled Dog Discovery & Musher's Camp. Our shuttle driver/tour guide (Dylan Lewis) was wonderful and provided a great experience both while driving the bus and once we arrived at the site. We learned about the sport of dog sledding and got a chance to meet several mushers and their dogs. Of course, the highlight of the tour was getting the chance to see the dogs in action as they anxiously pulled our wheeled sled around a course at a faster-than-expected pace. We also highly enjoyed the chance to hold and pet several of the five week old sled dog puppies. I would recommend this excursion to anyone who loves dogs!

Jun 2017 - Amy B.

Wonderful and informative tour. We learned a lot, and loved spending time with the puppies. The mushers were welcoming and extremely knowledgeable.

Jun 2017 - Tracy M.

We loved this experience! It was beyond our expectation and so fun for the little one (my 2 1/2 year old son)!

Jun 2017 - Susan L.

We had a great time! Our Musher was super friendly and fun. Took all of our phones and cameras and took candid shots of the pups, very cool. The grounds are a world away but yet just over the bridge onto Douglas Island. You get to learn about the Iditarod Race and of course hold the adorable new puppies, it was a great, educational experience. I need to bring my 2 year old pup up there to train with these dogs. Thanks to everyone, you gals and guys were great!

Jun 2017 - Roseanne B.

this was the highlight of my whole alaska trip. the dogs were great and the lady doing the tour with the dogs was great and our bus driver out and back to the pier was very good. we emjoyed it so much and highly recommend this excursion to everyone. the ship was actually sold out, like a month in advance for this excurison, and looked them up online and worked directly with the tour company...so glad we did and were able to experience the whole adventure. we had our daughter and 13yr old granddaughter with us. everyone just raved about it and what photos and memories we have. thank you to all the dogs and mushers and bus drivers..... (loved holding the puppies and the information part of the tour also,we learned alot)

May 2017 - Char N.

This was such a fun adventure and it was so exciting!! Great scenic views, an amazing sled dog ride and learning about a modern-day musher's camp. Oh, and let's not forget the dogs and puppies!

May 2017 - Joshua R.

We loved it! My little girl fell in love with all the dogs. Really fun

May 2017 - Jo Ann R.

So much fun. Emily was very informative and we enjoyed it immensely despite the cold and rain. The dogs are AMAZING!!! We would definitely do this again if we return to Alaska.

May 2017 - Rebecca L.

It was such a unique and informative experience. Robert and Emily were great! So personable and friendly and the fact that everything they had to offer, they knew first hand made it all the more genuine and awesome! Even despite the rain. Although the campfire and hot cider and adorable puppies TOTALLY helped. Great excursion and a one of a kind experience completely worth it!

Oct 2016 - Elizabeth W.

This was my first time in Alaska, and we were there to celebrate my 30th birthday! Like many other said, even though it was raining, this was still so much fun! It was exactly as expected because I had done my research. You'll see ACTUAL sled dogs rather than what the movies pretend are sled dogs. Our musher was young and is a 3rd generation Iditarod competitor. Because they were closing the camp for the season, our group was literally the last to run. So glad I got to check this off my bucket list!

Sep 2016 - Robin K.

What a wonderful excursion!!! I love dogs and I was so excited to see how well the dogs/puppies are treated. The dogs were barking and barking because all they wanted to do was run!. Then to go on the mushing ride with the dogs was absolutely fabulous - I'd do it again and again!!!

Sep 2016 - Betty F.

Lots of fun being with such excited dogs and their great guides. Very informative in a beautiful setting.

Aug 2016 - Chen S.

great experience

Aug 2016 - Jack G.

What an awesome experience! The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. We learned a bunch about the dogs and the Iditarod race. My kids favorite part was holding the puppies at the end. Being a Michigan State alumni, I especially loved the litter named after the MSU dorms.

Aug 2016 - Michele D.

Fantastic tour. Really enjoyed it. Plenty of time to get to know the dogs and puppies. The Mushers were very welcoming and gave us a real insight into their lives.

Aug 2016 - Wendy M.

Wonderful experience with very informative guides who truly love mushing!! Must do!! Thanks for a wonderful experience.

Jun 2016 - Celia T.

We had a great time. Guides were very informative. Ride could have been longer. Enjoyed the puppies

May 2016 - Gillian M.

What a wonderful experience, the dogs were amazing, we especially enjoyed our time with the puppies, excellent tour.

May 2016 - Eileen T.

This was a last minute excursion and ended up being our favorite activity of our Alaska trip. It was great to experience the desire of these dogs to run and learn about the Iditarod. The staff was terrific and the highlight was helping to socialize the new husky puppies. Highly recommend this trip for families.

May 2016 - George T.

One of the highlights of our stay in Juneau!!!

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