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Address: 31722 Herman Lierer Road, Seward, AK 99664
Phone Number: +1 907-224-6686
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Description: We are two mushers - Travis Beals & Sarah Stokey - who share a passion for...
We are two mushers - Travis Beals & Sarah Stokey - who share a passion for dog sledding, the Iditarod sled dog race, & story telling. Come meet our dogs, play with our puppies, and learn a little bit about Alaska's state sport before going for a fun dog sled ride. Our tours are kept small, customized to your groups needs, and are very hands on. We look forward to meeting you!
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Best Thing We Did in Alaska!

Our helicopter ride up to the Glacier and our dog sledding experience was the highlight of our Alaska trip! My conversations with Sara prior to going to Alaska made us anticipate... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Fort Defiance, Virginia

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Fort Defiance, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Our helicopter ride up to the Glacier and our dog sledding experience was the highlight of our Alaska trip! My conversations with Sara prior to going to Alaska made us anticipate the experience. We followed Travis' Iditerod progress while we anxiously waited for our trip and were not disappointed in the blog or his success! When we arrived in Alaska... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We started our day in Seward and headed on a 15 minute flight up to Godwin Glacier where the dogs train all summer long. Amazing remote location and the staff is so passionate about what they do and are very happy to share it with you. We rode with the dogs for about 40 minutes and wow what an amazing... More 

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Portage, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

On our third day of vacation we were headed to turning heads kennel for a reservation from Portage, Alaska. Unknown to us the RV we rented from clippership in anchorage has complete disregard to the safety of their customers and had sent us out with 3 bald tires, and a broken tire iron. Unfortunately we were stuck on the side... More 

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Orebro, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The helicopter flight over the glacier and the dog sled ride was a surreal experience. The staff gave us great information about the dogs, the gear and training, etc. We held puppies that were so cute. It is a relaxed and fun tour. Highly recommended!

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turningheadskennel, Owner at Turning Heads Kennel, responded to this review

Thank you! We are so glad you had fun on our tour. It was great getting to meet you. We have to agree: the puppies are so cute right now. We're having a blast taking and sharing photos of the pups on instragram and facebook so if you haven't yet, check us out there too. More 

Haddonfield, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We did not feel like a "number" at this kennel. The tour was very personal, and they took their time and showed us all around. Wyatt introduced us to all the dogs and gave us an informative talk about mushing, the race, the gear, etc. He was a wonderful, friendly, informative guide. We got to meet Travis, and you could... More 

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turningheadskennel, Owner at Turning Heads Kennel, responded to this review

Wow! Thank you for such a kind review. We really pride ourselves on our hands-on approach and are so glad that you thought so highly of our tour. We work tremendously hard to make our dog yard and our kennel a welcoming environment. Our dogs prefer low-key so we did too -- after all, everything we do is about them!... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Dog sledding on Godwin galcier was a surreal experience. With the expanse of the glacier seeming to hit the sky, you sense that you, dogs, and driver are alone on earth. The dog camp at the glacier is interesting, especially each dog's little house. They spend the season on the glacier. Andrea and Wyatt gave us puppies to hold while... More 

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turningheadskennel, Owner at Turning Heads Kennel, responded to this review

We completely agree! I love going up to the glacier. It is so incredibly peaceful up there. Being with the dogs in such a beautiful environment is breath taking. After having mushed all over the state of Alaska racing and training our dogs, I have to admit that running dogs on Godwin glacier is, without a doubt, the best! Andrea... More 

Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Visiting Turning Heads was one of the highlights of our Alaska trip. Sarah and Travis clearly have a passion for what they do, and a great love of their dogs. We learned about the dogs, how they're cared for and trained, we held puppies (so soft!) and we got to harness two of the dogs. Then it was off on... More 

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turningheadskennel, Owner at Turning Heads Kennel, responded to this review

We are so glad you had fun. We love letting people help harness our dogs. What's so cool is that when we first started doing tours we couldn't do this -- it just shows how working with the dogs day in and day out with guests can help improve our overall training and tour experience! Thank you for taking the... More 

North Oaks, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

A must do experience in the Seward area! Our family was welcomed to the kennel by Sarah who introduced us to dog sledding by giving us a ride on their 600 lb cart pulled by a team of dogs. During our ride, we learned both the names and personalities of the dogs as Sarah patiently answered all of our questions.... More 

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turningheadskennel, Owner at Turning Heads Kennel, responded to this review

I'm so glad you found our passion infectious. We hope you will continue to follow along as we train and prepare for iditarod 2016. We have so much fun with our dogs each and every day and feel so blessed that we can share them with guests in a small, personal setting. We've been working hard with our dogs so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Hold puppies, learn about sled dogs, take a sled ride with dogs and enjoy Sara and Travis passion for dog sledding and the Iditarod. We choose Turning Heads because it offered a small personalized approach. It was an exceptional morning we will not soon forget.

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turningheadskennel, Owner at Turning Heads Kennel, responded to this review

We are so glad that this was an experience you won't soon forgot. We work hard each and every day to continue to improve our tour, our guest experience, and our dogs experience. We are so happy to now have a big run pen for our dogs and have had so much fun watching our dogs build friendships, run around... More 

North Richland Hills, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Travis met my family in the office and took us out to see his team. You can see by the way he interacts with the dogs that they are his pride and joy. He truly loves his dogs. They were well cared for, clean and friendly. We got to pet all the dogs to our hearts content, even 2 month... More 

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turningheadskennel, Owner at Turning Heads Kennel, responded to this review

Thank you! We really think our dogs, as "canine Olympians," deserve the best treatment possible and are so glad that clearly came across. We had a groomer out to our kennel to pamper the dogs at the start of the season and she has been coming back for "touch ups" periodically. We really pride ourselves on how friendly and outgoing... More 

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