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“Amazing Experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Paws for Adventure

Paws for Adventure
Herning Rd. and George Rd., Fairbanks, AK
+1 907-378-3630
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Ranked #8 of 49 Activities in Fairbanks
Type: Tours, Adventure
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Owner description: Offering only the best in dogsledding adventure since 1998... Join the Paws crew for your experience-of-a-lifetime Dogsled Ride, Mushing School or Multi-Day Adventure.
Peoria, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Amazing Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

My family just completed a 3 day dog sled adventure with PAWS for Adventure in Fairbanks. We did one day of mushing school, then a 66 mile round trip overnight that was fantastic. The owner, Leslie, and her helper on our trip, Kim, were extraordinary. We brought 3 of our kids ages 20, 17 and 6 with us. We experienced the amazing scenery, the awesome dogs, and the Northern Lights....all accompanied by good food, and excellent company. HIGHLY recommended!!!

Visited March 2013
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Austin, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Learn to mush at Paws for Adventure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

We had a great time at the Paws for Adventure mushing school! We got to help hitch the dogs up to the sleds and then took a run on a "practice" sled that was attached to the back of the musher's sled. After that, we were on our own mushing teams of 4 dogs on a long trail through the forest. It was beautiful! The whole visit was a little more than 3 hours. Leslie runs a top notch operation and we always felt like we were safe. She and another musher were always with our group of four so there was plenty of experience there to keep things on track. We highly recommend this adventure if you're in the Fairbanks area in the winter!

Visited March 2013
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PawsforAdventure, Owner at Paws for Adventure, responded to this review, May 17, 2013
Thank you Dawn and family for a fun day of doing what we like to do best - sharing the art of dogsledding! Mushing school is one of our favorites and the tour we began our business with over 15 years ago. Happy Trails! -Leslie and the Paws gang
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“Go Here to Ride with the Big Dogs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

We were staying at A Taste of Alaska Lodge and my wife wanted to experience a dog sled ride. Paws for Adventure was close by and convenient. My wife had a great ride (you can just ride for 1/2 hour, hour, or more, or you can try your mushing skills). The owner Leslie was very nice and let me get to know some of the dogs while I was waiting. She also explained why the dogs look the way they do, how long they live, and how much fun they have pulling sleds - it's their job. There is a small hut on the property to keep warm and have some hot chocolate.
Tip: make reservations - she gets booked quickly.

Visited February 2013
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San Mateo, CA
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“Excellent adventure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

We made a reservation for a dog sled ride with Leslie via email. Everything about this adventure was wonderful. Leslie gave us tips on how to get there (10-15 miles out of town), she had warm clothes for us (pants, parkas, gloves, hats), warm drinks, plenty of friendly dogs. The musher stopped to take pictures of us in the most beautiful spot on the trail. I cannot say enough about these folks and their love for the dogs and nature.

Visited February 2013
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“November 2012 Visit to Paws for Adventure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

We visited Alaska in November 2012. As we were making our plans, my wife shocked me by suggesting we do a dog sled ride. This is a lady who thinks a winter outdoor adventure is walking from the front door to her car outside.
So we went to their web site, filled out the contact form and got a conversation going with Leslie, the owner. We set up a date and time
The directions were a bit unclear, but our B + B hostess knew Leslie and gave us a easy to follow route.
The dogs were all quite active and energetic when we arrived. Leslie and Ryne were out with the dogs getting sleds ready. We wanted to perhaps take a one hour ride, but the snow was not deep enough. You can pick the length of your ride, snow permitting.
Oh yeah, it was -19 F on our way to Paws for Adventure. BUT, Leslie has a Yurt (round building) that is heated and FULL of super warm hats, boots, jump suits, gloves you can wear, and wear we did. Some of the clothes etc were 'new to me' which means I had never seen some of the boots etc they had to keep us warm on the trip. I have some experience with winter activities, but Alaska is a whole new ballgame. And Paws was ready for us.
The dogs are all friendly so we mingled with them for a while.
Each of us got on a sled and we took about a half hour ride. While we rode we were told about the dogs, dog sledding, PFA history etc etc. We asked alot of questions and had a great time.
I had my video camera on for the beginning of the trip and had intended to film the whole trip, but, it got too cold after about 10 minutes and stopped working. Hands got a bit cold, so i sat on them.
Leslie has been doing this for 20 years and she offers the full range of Dog Sledding activities. Check out her web site.
Ryne is an up and coming competitive Dog Sled racer and does the Iditarod. You can google her.
WE were happy we picked PFA, would do it again and would hope for more snow next time! Other area dog sledding places told us they did not have enough snow. For what it is worth, we live in central Illinois...corn and soy beans.

Visited November 2012
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