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“dog sledding”(61 reviews)
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“mushing school”(17 reviews)
We offer dog sled rides ranging from a half-hour to one-and-a-half hours. Tour the beautifully forested Alaskan winter trails on a dog sled or drive the team. Our Dog Mushing School offers customized dog mushing lessons. Sled rides or lessons can be...more
5157 Chena Hot Springs Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99712-3502
+1 907-750-0208
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Rode an ATV behind 8 dogs today, as there was not quite enough snow to make it a decent ride on a sled. I loved every moment of this place, from the time I rolled up to the time I left. I was greeted by...More

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Eleanor W, Owner at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Wonderful that you had such a nice time! We're so glad you joined us and clearly had such a good time though I know at first there was some reservation about being on an ATV and not a sled. It is what we use for...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took a child of 17 months. I was able to hug him with a hug and hold a cart. Because it has less snow, I got on the cart instead of sledding. The dogs are very friendly. People lent me snow boots and scarves...More

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Just Short of m... M, Manager at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for touring with Just Short of Magic! We enjoyed having you visit and happy to accommodate children of all ages, as well as help keep you warm during the ride :) We hope to see you again in the future! Best, Amanda JSoM...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We called Eleanor with a somewhat difficult request. My wife is pregnant and wasn't sure about mushing or doing something overtly physical that was out of the norm. Eleanor was more than willing to accommodate us and let us come out to attend Dog Breakfast....More

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Just Short of m... M, Manager at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are very happy you enjoyed your visit and we were able to accommodate your needs. We are always excited to educate our guests on the dogs diet and lifestyle. The dogs were happy to have you visit them as well! We look forward to...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did the two-hour tour of the kennel, with a ride in the golf cart (no snow yet). Eleanor had us harness the dogs and hitch them up to the line. After the ride, we got to bring them their lunch. Kibble and moosemeat, yum....More

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Just Short of m... M, Admin Assistant at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello Sandy, We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your mushing school! - despite the wet conditions. As you saw, the dogs love to run and are always excited to go! Rain, sunshine, or snow. And it does not matter to them whether...More

Reviewed October 7, 2018

I had a great time with the dog mushing experience here last year in March and then I decided to come back for 5 nights my yurt stay in October the following Iyear to catch up more magical moment in this amazing place. The yurt...More

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Just Short of M... M, Manager at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded October 11, 2018

Dear Shiang, Thank you very much for such a wonderful and kind review! We really enjoyed your visiting us again! We always strive to make the experience of our guests as magical and unique as possible! We do not have much to do with the...More

Reviewed September 20, 2018

My second time in the yurt and it was a unique and special experience.On both occasions I could see the NorthernLights.

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Experience739593, Manager at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded October 11, 2018

Thank you so much for coming back to our Yurt B&B Maria. We really enjoyed both of your visits and we hope to see you again! We are always thrilled when our guests get to witness the northern lights!

Reviewed September 3, 2018

My husband, two children and I were visiting family in Alaska for the first time and had 12 days of fantastic adventures and exploring. We were creeping up on our last day and my kids had been asking about seeing the "sled dogs." Thank goodness...More

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Eleanor W, Owner at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded September 6, 2018

It was such a pleasure having you and your family here Chelsea!!! Thanks so much for coming and so glad you all had such a great time. We loved having the kids and of course sharing the dogs with you. You remembered so much detail...More

Reviewed August 22, 2018 via mobile

Just short of magic is an engaging educational personal dog sledding experience!! Eleanor helped us with transportation, gave us a private tour, educated us on sled dogs, introduced us to her family of dogs and answered all of our questions! She is patient, kind and...More

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Eleanor W, Owner at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 2018

Kristie it was absolutely my pleasure having you and your family here last week! Just loved your Dad, his humor, energy and of course the photos - a real hit here. Thank you all so much for your wonderful questions, enthusiasm and overall love of...More

Reviewed August 21, 2018

I was with a group from the university, and we visited Just Short of Magic solely to meet the dogs and find out about mushing and dog sledding. We did not go on a tour with the dogs. I found Eleanor, the owner, to be...More

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Eleanor W, Owner at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 2018

It was wonderful having the whole crew here last week! Thank you so much for coming and sharing your love of dogs and enthusiasm with us. It's always a pleasure having people like you here as it's win-win for everybody! Dogs and people alike :)...More

Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

Just Short of Magic is truly that!!! Eleanor, the owner, has a deep passion for mushing and absolutely loves her dogs. She is incredibly knowledgeable about the sport and the care of her dogs. Eleanor made everyone in our group feel welcomed into her kennel....More

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Eleanor W, Owner at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2018

We loved having you join us the other day! Thanks so much for coming. We do have a special relationship with our dogs and it shows in their temperaments and in the exceptional ability they have to greet literally 1000s of guests each year. They...More

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March 7, 2018|
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Response from Just Short of m... M | Property representative |
Hey there! Most folks this time of year with it being as warm as it is come back from the 30 min tour wishing they had gone longer. It is a great experience and most people if they are only doing this once in their life time... More
Sheila P
October 20, 2017|
Response from Eleanor W | Property representative |
Hi Shelia, Iditarod runs normally from Anchorage to Nome and does not include Fairbanks. For a few years the start has originated in Fairbanks due to low snow in Anchorage. They won't know until much later in season where... More
July 27, 2017|
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Response from aynihealingoasis | Reviewed this property |
There is no snow in the Fairbanks area in the summer. Most of the dog sled businesses use 4 wheelers to let the dog do the runs instead. If you are looking for the authentic dog sledding experience with snow, you might want... More