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Running Reindeer Ranch

PO Box 73013, Goldstream Valley, Fairbanks, AK 99707
907-455-4998
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Ranked #5 of 41 Activities in Fairbanks
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ranchs
Owner description: Enjoy a walk through the boreal forest of Alaska with our curious and gentle reindeer. Ruby, Olive, Willow, Jasper and Rufus (and now Rosie and... more » Owner description: Enjoy a walk through the boreal forest of Alaska with our curious and gentle reindeer. Ruby, Olive, Willow, Jasper and Rufus (and now Rosie and Daisy!) will be your guides as you enjoy the beauty of Alaska’s interior. See them romp free through the forest doing "reindeery" things. After our walk we will return to the house for a light refreshment and to finish up the conversation. Each time you come will be a unique experience. We are open year round by appointment only. Same day reservations sometimes available. Tours in the summer are weekdays evenings at 7 pm and weekend mornings at 10, winter tours on weekends only and full moon nights. Winter cut off temperature -65 F.(That's a joke, it really never gets that cold, we cut off when you don't want to do it, we are always game! Reindeer love the cold!) « less
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Singapore, Singapore
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

This is one of our Alaskan experiences with animals. We love animals and we have not seen reindeer in action prior to our trip to Alaska. The reindeer visit had left deep good memories for us. The weather in Fairbanks on that day was far from perfect, it rained from morning til night. But that had not daunted our spirits.... More

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Marion, MA, USA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Jane is definitely the "reindeer whisperer"! We had an incredible morning interacting with her herd of reindeer as we meandered through the woods watching them move freely amongst us munching, scratching, establishing their pecking order and romping about. Jane introduced us to each reindeer and as we watched and interacted, their personalities all came alive! She is a wealth of... More

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Sitka, Alaska
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This was an excellent off the beaten path experience. We learned so much about the reindeer from Jane and by watching them interact with each other and us. We were able to walk with the reindeer and touch them. It was exciting to watch them when they ran in the woods to catch up with one another or Jane. I... More

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

As a lifelong Alaskan, I'm pretty thrilled to have finally found something appropriately "Alaskan" to do with our out-of-town guests that's fun, unique, entertaining, full of character, and NOT a total kitsch-fest. Visiting Running Reindeer Ranch was the perfect marriage of tourist-y (reindeer are undeniably an Alaskan experience) and not tourist-y (low-pressure, natural environment, friendly, laid-back and tasteful). It was... More

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Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I normally don’t get ebullient about a guided tour, however there is always the exception! Jane Atkinson walked us through this birch forest as her wonderful reindeer frolicked around us! As she regaled us with tales about these wonderful beasts, relating how they live in the wild, what they eat and how they go about their daily lives. We got... More

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Pennsauken, New Jersey
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Over 2 hours of walking through Birch and Spruce trees with the lively reindeer who inhabit this wonderful farm run by Jane and her husband Doug. Hike is not too strenuous for even those of us with extra "winter weight" and knee issues. The reindeer frolic around and zig zag the path as you walk through and Jane explains what... More

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

My husband and I were both born and raised in Fairbanks and had never had an experience like this! We celebrated our one year wedding anniversary at the ranch and even though it was raining we had a great time! The tour takes place at Jane and her families home and their large area of land. This isn't a lead... More

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Basking Ridge
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Our family of 5, including children age 10, 12, &15, enjoyed a wonderful visit to the ranch. It is not actually a ranch, as I would picture a ranch, but the home of Jane & Doug who are very welcoming and treat their guests like firends, even serving delicious homemade cookies and lemonade. We all appreciated the opportunity to get... More

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Gainesville, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Had a great time meeting all the reindeer and walking thru the woods with them. This was a first for the entire family. Bring your bug spray as the mosquitos in AK are huge! Loved having time for a photo op with our family and the reindeer.

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North Pole, Alaska
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I had my parents over from England to visit and whilst here I got to celebrate my dads birthday with him. So I booked us in for a tour at Running Reindeer Ranch. Wow what a fantastic birthday present that was for him, he was thrilled. Jane the owner is such a lovely, wonderful, kind and informative guide and we... More

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