Welcome to the Chena Hot Springs Kennel!
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Please call our Activity Center at (907) 451-8104 x 3 to obtain the latest information on trail conditions, which can change throughout the seasons. All dog cart or dog sled rides operate based on weather, trail and safety conditions.
It is our desire that our guest have the most fulfilling Alaskan experience possible. There is no other sport more unique to Alaska than dog mushing! When you visit to the Kennel, you will leave with a better knowledge of this amazing sport! The Kennel consists nearly 100 Alaskan bred dogs, who CAN’T WAIT to show you what they can do!
The Chena Hot Springs Kennel offers a year round sled dog experience! During the snow-covered months of winter, dog sled rides (1 and 1/2 miles) in an authentic freight sled which holds four adult persons (sharing the sled with other guests may be required) is available for $60 per adult person (operates depending on weather, trail and safety conditions). A two hour dog mushing school at $225 per adult person is available (operates depending on weather, trail and safety conditions) where you will learn to drive a sled team of four to six dogs!
After the snow melts from the trails, the Dog Kennel offers dog cart rides at $60 per adult person (operates depending on weather, trail and safety conditions). Up to six passengers at a time are pulled by a twelve to eighteen dog team. In the fall before it snows, and early winter, when the snow is too thin to run our large, freight sled, and too slick for our dog cart, we offer one passenger rides in our touring sled at $60 per adult person, with a team of five to six dogs (minimum of 2 inches of snow pack on trail to operate, also depending on weather, trail and safety conditions).
Please call the Activity Center to obtain information on trail conditions, which can change throughout the season (907) 451-8104 x 3.
Regardless of the trail conditions, a kennel tour is always available at 3PM daily for $20 per adult person! Joining a kennel tour is a great way to ask all of the questions you may have about dog mushing and to learn about this fascinating sport! We cater our kennel tours to our guest, so the more you want to learn and questions you ask, the more we’ll teach you!
Dog Musher's Apprentice Package
4 Day / 3 Night - Learn Dog Mushing from A to Z!
Must book at least 72 hours in advance
Dec 1, 2015-Apr 15, 2016 & May 15, 2016-Sep 30, 2016
Dec 1, 2016-Apr 15, 2017 & May 15, 2017-Sep 30, 2017
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Dog Musher's Apprentice 4 Day/3 Night package includes:
Chena Shuttle to all to/from Fairbanks and Resort, three nights Moose Lodge with unlimited swim passes during stay, dog mushing school and dog sled for cart ride, Aurora Ice Museum Tour, Geothermal Renewable Energy Tour, 3 dinner, 3 Breakfast and 2 lunch vouchers. King Crab excluded for any meal selection.
Single Occupancy Double Occupancy
Call for Triple or Quad Occupancy Rates
DAY ONE PM Transfer via Chena Shuttle and check in after 4PM in Moose Lodge room. Select activities or tour times at Activity Center Desk after check-in. Dinner in Resort Restaurant. Relax and soak in natural outdoor hot springs adult rock lake (ages 18+)
DAY TWO AM Breakfast in Resort Restaurant. Chena Kennel Apprentice with Dog Mushing School. Lunch in restaurant. Geothermal Energy Tour. Dinner in restaurant. Remainder of evening free to enjoy soaking in rock lake
DAY THREE AM Breakfast in Resort Restaurant. Chena Kennel Apprentice with Dog Sled or Cart ride. Lunch in restaurant. Aurora Ice Museum Tour. Dinner in restaurant. Remainder of evening free to enjoy soaking in rock lake
DAY FOUR AM Breakfast in Resort Restaurant. Check out by 10:45 AM and depart via Chena Shuttle to Fairbanks
The Chena Hot Springs Kennel is a touring, non-competitive kennel, giving us the opportunity to ‘employ’ mostly rescued dogs. We get our K-9 athletes from sled-dog rescue organizations, the animal shelter and from other mushing kennels. We no longer breed our own dogs here at Chena, in fact, all of females are now spayed! There is an abundance of able bodied sled dogs in need of good working homes, and we are able to provide that here!
Even though the Chena Kennel doesn’t have our own breeding program, we do on occasion have puppies for our guests to enjoy! We borrow puppies from other mushers and let our guests help to socialize them! If there are puppies in the kennel, it is usually between the months of April and October. We look forward to seeing you very soon!
REV DEC 7, 2015 2PM DF