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Ketchikan Mahoney Lake UTV Off Road Safari

20 reviews

Excursion Overview

Buckle up and hold on tight, on this off-road, open-air UTV ride!

Explore the mountainous trails of the George Inlet Fjords and the hidden beauty of the Tongass National Forest en route to Mahoney Lake. The path has several stops along the way to soak up the magnificent scenery and wildlife viewing.

Have those cameras ready to capture as many photos as possible, and take turns driving the terrain. Mahoney Lake and Mahoney Falls are located at the end of the trail, where a delicious picnic lunch awaits. The remote setting is perfect for adventure-seekers and those wishing to go off the beaten path.

Private transportation will depart the cruise ship dock and take a scenic route to the White River base camp. Your driver/guide will share entertaining stories of Ketchikan including the history of the Ward Cove Pulp Mill, the various industries of the past, modern-day highlights of the community, and more.

At the White River base camp, meet the UTV Leader who will go over driving instructions and assist in gearing up for the adventure. The trail is over 5 miles in distance each way, so get comfortable with seatbelts on, cameras ready, and prepare to get muddy! Follow the UTV Leader in single-file formation up and down the mountainside where your warm lunch awaits at basecamp. Smokin' reindeer link served on a warm bun and a cup of simmering chili, what's more, outdoor living than that? Leave room for a cup of hot chocolate or coffee, tea or water!

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Things You Need to Know


  • Roundtrip transportation to and from the Ketchikan Visitor Center
  • Gear/Equipment: Raingear, Helmet
  • Lunch and beverages


  • All drivers must have a valid driver's license (Licensed drivers under the age of 18 must have a licensed legal guardian with them in the vehicle)
  • ​Helmets are provided and must be worn by all participants
  • Minimum age: 5 years old
  • Minimum height: 50 inches
  • Minimum weight: 50lbs
  • Maximum weight: 300lbs
  • Guests should dress in layers to plan for Alaskan weather (closed-toe shoes and clothing that can get soiled)
  • Signed liability waiver and rental contract are required
  • Not recommended for the following guests: Guests with neck or back problems, expectant mothers, patrons with mobility issues, or those traveling with mobility equipment

Duration: 3.25-3.75 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal)

  • 45 minutes - Depart cruise ship dock and drive to White River Base Camp
  • 5 minutes - Restroom break
  • 10 minutes - Safety and driving orientation, helmet gear up and group assignments
  • 40 minutes - Trail up to Mahoney Lake with stops for sightseeing and narration
  • 20 minutes - Lunch served by campfire with beverages
  • 40 minutes - Trail back down to base camp with no stops
  • 5 minutes - Gear down and turn in helmets
  • 15 minutes - Restroom break, gift shop and free-time
  • 45 minutes - Scenic drive back to cruise ship dock

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets at the Ketchikan Visitor Center by the bronze statue and also at Ward Cove. 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 climb 4 steps into and out of the bus. There is limited space for collapsible wheelchairs and walkers. There is no storage available for motorized scooters. Guests must be able to lift themselves in and out of the UTV vehicles. Please leave a comment during checkout if accommodations for collapsible equipment will be required on tour.

Refund Policy:

  • You may cancel for any reason up to seven (7) days prior to the date of the tour for a full refund.
  • Please see our Refund Policy Page for complete details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! We have 2-seater (one driver and one passenger) and 4-seater (one driver and three passengers) UTVs. All participants with a valid driver's license are welcome to drive and positions can be switched at a designated stopping point in the middle of the tour. No learner permits or other substitutions are allowed.

We can accommodate up to 24 guests per departure.

Comfortable clothing and layers appropriate for the day of weather conditions and preferably clothing you don't mind getting soiled or dirty. Closed-toe shoes are to be worn. Helmets and rain gear are provided.

Cameras and phones may be brought on this tour. There is a gift shop available to purchase photos on a zip-drive from your UTV adventure, apparel and goods from local vendors.

The chili served is vegetarian. For children who do not like reindeer links, regular hotdogs will be available.

Our helmet sizes are available from XS to XXXL. If you need a bigger helmet, please leave us a comment during checkout.

Bald eagles, Sitka black tail dear and black bears are common sights, however this is not a designated wildlife tour and specific wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

We run this tour rain or shine. While the vehicles do have windshields, there is a very likely chance that mud and/or dust can get on guests.

The reindeer sausage is gluten free, but the bun is not. The chili is not gluten free.


Guest Reviews


20 total


Mark H

On Jul 2024

This was a fun, well led tour. The UTVs were in great shape and the safety precautions in place were well thought out. It takes a while to get to the spot the tour starts but I guess that is to be expected. Great views and a fun ride in the back country of Alaska!

Robert F

On Jul 2024

The folks that run this are fantastic very knowledgeable and friendly. I highly recommend doing this if you are thinking about. We definitely will be back

Dawn P

On Jul 2024

This was fun; would recommend.

Marcy G

On Jul 2024

We had a blast. Highly recommended

Sandra E

On Jun 2024

This was so much fun. The tour guides were top-notch! They went out of their way to make this excursion extra fun. I wish we had more time; we did not want it to end. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes going fast and having fun.


Best Price Guarantee!


Duration: 3.25-3.75 hours

Best Price Guarantee!

Duration: 3.25-3.75 hours

Min of 2 (must be 18+ to drive UTV)

Adult (13+): $249.00

Child (5-12): $228.00

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