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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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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

If you are in Fairbanks, I'd highly reccommend this tour! Very unique and up-close encounter with her many reindeer! I was expecting something along the lines of petting a caged reindeer, much to my delight, it was so far from that! The reindeer were grazing freely as we drove up the driveway! Very informative, fun, hands-on adventure! Jane is just... More

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Although this review is delayed, i.e., my son and I visited last year, this is worth sharing. I echo the other sentiments of other visitors to Running Reindeer Ranch...what a lovely, unique, special afternoon, a highlight of our Alaska visit, even for an a 13-year-old boy. We enjoyed it all, including our post-reindeer visit learning about the history and politics... More

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Overland Park, Kansas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

Jane is very informative, took her time to explain many facts about reindeers... The walk was great, we get to walk with Ruby, and some of her reindeers running in the wood unleashed. The cookies she made are delicious! :) thank you for a great afternoon!

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Running Reindeer Ranch. Our group was small so we each had hands-on experience with the reindeer as we took a long walk through a birch forest. Jane gave a very informative narrative as we walked and enjoyed the very lively reindeer! It was really fun. Then back to her house for cookies,... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

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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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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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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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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