Husky Homestead
Husky Homestead
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Enjoy a warm welcome and experience a true Alaskan lifestyle at Husky Homestead—home of Iditarod Champion, Jeff King. Husky Homestead is widely heralded as an authentic look into rural lifestyles based on 40+ years of Alaskan adventures: from freight hauling on Denali to crossing the finish line in Nome, Alaska with a champion Iditarod team. See puppies upon arrival and share an intimate view of the Alaskan Husky as the team explodes from the dog yard and witness their beauty in motion as they run on our treadmill before hitting the trail for a training run. Get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into creating a championship team and carving a life in Alaska's Interior. Hear compelling stories from the trail and see actual racing sleds, arctic survival gear and equipment used to traverse 1100 miles of Alaska's most rugged terrain. Dress in extra layers, wear comfortable shoes, bring bug repellent - and your camera! Our 2023 season will run from June 1 - September 9.
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  • nes24
    Traverse City, Michigan83 contributions
    A most memorable Alaskan experience
    This was one of the highlights on my and my husband's Alaskan trip (we liked this better than the Denali bus tour). Holding 10 week old puppies on arrival (tip - get there 10-15 minutes early) was such a joy. Followed up by a well organized, informative presentation of the dogs running in formation and a play by play of the Iditarod by Jeff was phenomenal, and hilarious. The whole experience takes about an hour and a half and is well worth the cost. Do it!
    Visited June 2021
    Written June 6, 2021
  • travelguru352
    Spring Hill, Florida51 contributions
    Best husky tour in Alaska
    I have been to a few other Husky sled dog tours previously, but none have been anywhere close to this one. Jeff literally had me on the edge of my seat waiting to hear what he was going to say next. I could have spent hours listening and speaking with him. Bought his book and have enjoyed reading my first book in probably 15 years lol! He got me so interested in dog racing that I have booked to return in March to watch him start the Iditarod. Book this tour, read his book and you will thank me for doing so. My kids absolutely loved playing with the puppies. All of the dogs are taken care of extremely well, and you can see how much he and his staff care about them.
    Visited July 2020
    Written August 4, 2020
  • Rafal S
    Island of Hawaii, Hawaii28 contributions
    Amazing tour for entire family!
    The tour was definitely worth every penny we spent. Jeff and his staff were super informative and entertaining. After the tour I now have an understanding what goes into the dog sled races, the amount of preparation, training, dog selection, clothes, and everything else. Jeff explained absolutely everything what goes on behind the scenes of dog sled races and he was so entertaining that I kept listening with the utmost attentiveness. That is an amazing feat, because I am an adult with ADHD and attention span of a fish. My kids and my wife really enjoyed the show and the lecture. The place has great energy. Kids loved holding the puppy too! We got pictures. Now we got there as they were about to start a 6 pm tour, but it was pure luck on our part. I definitely recommend not being like us but book yourself tour in advance. Loved it! Jeff got us convinced that we need to be in Anchorage first week of March to watch the opening of sled races. We got both of his books and delicious chocolates featuring Jeff and his dog sled team. Highly recommend!
    Visited August 2021
    Traveled with family
    Written August 28, 2021
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AprilJ0Y
Lewiston, ID69 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
What an exceptional and eye-opening experience, dispelling mushing myths and providing an authentic glimpse into the grueling life of an Iditarod racer and repeat champion. We were welcomed warmly and greeted with an Alaskan husky puppy to cuddle (eyes barely open!); we also got to pet and interact with the rambunctious three month olds. Total characters and full of personality. Amanda Otto, future Iditarod champion, led the first part of the tour and was genuine, knowledgeable, and friendly. Of course, the true star of the show was Jeff King, equal parts energetic showman, gritty realist, and humble champion. His magical ability to interweave humor, story, and fact makes for an entertaining and informative tour that leaves you wanting to know even more. The good news is that he has a book out, which we promptly bought :)
Written June 20, 2021
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Becca D
San Diego, CA35 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
The puppies are so cute! We got to hold three week old pups and pet 14 week old pups too. Jeff King demonstrated how to hook up a dog team to an ATV and the team ran around the the area then onto a treadmill and Amanda takes about their gate and when they look for in a sled dog.

You can tell that these dogs are treated well, they are affectionate and love getting an ear scratch from Jeff or Amanda.

Jeff’s presentation talked about how to prepare a a sled dog team for a race such as the Iditarod and all the activities that are needed during the race. He really emphasized the care of the dogs - the human is just along for the ride (and to take care of the dogs).

The best part was the last 20 minutes or so at the end where we could ask questions and talked to Amanda about raising the puppies, training the dogs, and all the similarities and differences between them and pet dogs.

Would love to have seen more about a day in the life of a dog getting trained at Husky Homestead.

All in all a really great way to spend an hour and a half!

Tip: They are not doing hotel pickups for 2021, so if you don’t have a rental car be sure to contact your hotel in advance for transportation.
Written June 17, 2021
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Julia D
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan153 contributions
Aug 2021
We were looking for an activity on a rainy evening in Denali and decided to visit the Husky Homestead with fairly low expectations. We thought we'd enjoy seeing the puppies, of course, but we were so surprised by the whole experience. We were advised to arrive 15 minutes early to enjoy extra puppy time (which you'll want!) and we were able to hold a puppy, take pictures, and have photos taken that were available for purchase later.
After puppy time, we saw the adult dogs and got to watch some of their training activities before heading inside (to a spacious, well-ventilated room where masks were optional). Then, Jeff King told us incredible stories of his adventures, introducing us all to the treacherous sport of sled dog racing. We could have listened to him talk all day, really, but his presentation was just perfect and he answered any an all questions at the end of the presentation. This was a great activity for visitors of all ages, fitness levels, and interests, unless you hate puppies and joy.
Written August 31, 2021
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Jacqueline Parker
Charlotte, NC2 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
There were many favorites with this excursion! Jeff was amazing....he comes alive during his presentation of his Iditarod racing experiences! He allowed us to handle the 12 week old puppies, he gave us a personal tour of his training grounds during the summer season which included a ride (with him) on the ATV with his racing dogs leading. The dogs were mesmerizing. The whole experience was unforgettable. I highly recommend visiting Husky Homestead!!!
Written July 16, 2020
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Bruce A
Washington DC, DC1,120 contributions
Jun 2021
I spent 11 days in Alaska, visited 3 different sled dog related attractions, and this was far and away the best one. There are some things you can see at all of the big touristy dog kennels: dogs barking, cute puppies, dogs pulling things, etc. The one thing you can see only here is Jeff King, who in addition to having won the Iditarod four times is an extremely entertaining and informative host who does most of the tour himself. Both he and his staff (some of whom also do sled dog racing) stuck around well afterwards to take questions and sign autographs.
Written June 24, 2021
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david b
Germantown, MD78 contributions
Jul 2023
Yes, you do get to pet a puppy, but it is so much more than that! We went to the late show on our first evening in Denali and this set the bar for the rest of our visit. One of the team picked us up at Denali Cabins (right at the base of the road to the homestead) and took us up to the show. You start by getting to hold and pet one of the husky puppies. They are of course very cute, and one of the key reasons people go to a husky show.

Next was a demo of hooking the dogs up to a sled, seeing them make an initial run, and then running on a custom built treadmill to show the gait / loping run that the huskies get into when going for a long run. After that the dogs took off dragging the ATV and got their run and swim for the day!

We then went inside and heard about what it takes to run a sled dog team and compete in a race like the Iditarod. We heard from Amanda and her experiences in running the various races in this area, and it was incredibly informative. We heard about how Jeff King changed the sled design to be better for races like this, what it takes to supply a team through the race, etc.

It was a very enjoyable evening, we learned a ton, and will watch for coverage of the race going forward.

For those comparing this to the dog demo in Denali National Park - there are more dogs to pet in the park, but it is up to them whether they want to be social that day. The presentation in the park is of course centered on the use of the dogs in the park, and due to the length of the presentation much more limited. If you have a few $'s to spend on this, go to Husky Homestead and get the extra information that brings a whole new depth to your view on the sled dogs and the teams that manage them!
Written July 17, 2023
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AussieBonz
37 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
This is an incredible short tour (only 90 mins) while in Denali. I wish it was longer to be honest. I learned so much about sled dogs, mushing, and what it’s like to compete in the Iditarod. As an animal lover, I was pleased to learn that the dogs are respected, treated well and cared for well. Jeff and his staff were lovely, and Jeff gave a great presentation that was awe-inspiring and also entertaining. I have profound respect and admiration for competitors in the Iditarod and plan on coming back to AK in March some time soon to watch the start of the race. As a bonus, we got to cuddle puppies!
Written June 25, 2021
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Lana C
Auburn, AL7 contributions
Jul 2020
An excellent presentation!! I mean, they literally meet you at your car door with a puppy... how can it get much better?!! The entire staff was so friendly, helpful, and just loves what they do. Jeff King was so entertaining to learn from about the dogs and racing. You can tell he is so passionate about what he does and everything was just so interesting to listen to and watch! I highly recommend this to anyone at any age. It is a must in the Denali area!
Written August 4, 2020
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Catherine H
4 contributions
Aug 2022
The Husky Homestead is a perfect combination of quality time with champion pups (as well as actually puppies!) and a fascinating overview of what it takes to have a competitive sled dog team.

What wowed us about the tour was the personal touches. From the moment you get out of your car, friendly staff members are there to greet you (puppies in hand) for you to meet and hold. It's clear the staff love what they do and love the dogs.

Our guide for the day was sled dog expert Amanda Otto who just recently completed the Iditarod this past March. She was so knowledgeable about the sport and painted a picture for us of not only what is required to have a competitive team of dogs, but the care, love, and passion underneath it all.

Bottom line --- this tour was 90 minutes of stepping into the world and behind the scenes of a musher. It was full of sweet surprises and Instagrammable moments. Worth every penny.
Written August 11, 2022
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Ruth G
Birmingham, AL6 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
This is a MUST!! If you’re interested in dog sledding or just love dogs and puppies you have to go! We were met with puppies when we arrived, and then they’re team told us about how they train their dogs and we got to see how they run on the trail. It was a blast and so informative! We also loved hearing about Jeff’s Iditerod experiences. Highly recommend for anyone!
Written June 29, 2021
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