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“On a roll with the ATV tour”

Black Diamond Resort Company
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Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Healy
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Richmond, Rhode Island
Level 5 Contributor
42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“On a roll with the ATV tour”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

My spouse and I decided to take an ATV tour on a whim, after dining at the Black Diamond Restaurant one night and talking to the folks there. It turns out that Black Diamond offers something of one-stop shopping for adventure while in Healy.

Never having been on ATVs before, we had no idea what to expect. During the mandatory safety briefing, it was obvious that our guides had a good sense of humor and would make it a fun trip. Besides my spouse and I, there was a family of five or so riding. The trip got off to a disappointing start when one member of the family appeared terrified and kept stopping. Now we're not exactly adrenaline junkies, but let's just say that on this particular day, we felt a need for speed!

During a break, when the group stopped to look at some moose, we spoke to the lead guide, Joe, who by then had sensed a speed-incompatibility problem. He decided to split up the group, turning the family over to the other two guides, and the two of us went just with Joe. And that made all the difference. From then on, we had a blast! We went fast, in circles, through creeks, and fast again. OK, for us it seemed fast. For Joe, it was probably a fairly tame ride. In any case, we felt like we were getting what we had paid for, a real ATV ride.

The scenery on our ride was beautiful, even though Joe had mentioned it was an abbreviated ride because not all of the trails they usually use were snow-free. In any case, it exceeded our expectations. If there was one downside, it was that we spent a bit too much time during a stop with the whole group at a "dry" cabin, when the guides talked about the history of the area and told a few interesting tales. Interesting, yes, but they could be pared down a bit without losing their impact. We did, after all, come primarily to ride!

We did so many fun things in Alaska that we would be hard-pressed to pick a favorite. But this was certainly a contender.

Visited May 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“ATV adventure”
Reviewed June 11, 2013

My Dad and I had a great time on the ATV tour. We booked it early in the day and ended up being the only ones on the tour. It was great fun and we both enjoyed it. Riding through the mud and streams was a blast.

Visited June 2013
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Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Fun visit with great tour guides”
Reviewed May 27, 2013 via mobile

We were 3 ladies in our fifties and we went on the ATV tour. It was such a blast and the young tour guides were so helpful and entertaining. We went in the morning and had breakfast at the lodge. HUGE breakfast that never seemed to stop coming and our guides made sure we had everything we needed and wanted. All in all a fabulous experience that caters to all ages.

Visited May 2013
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Sundre, AB
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Cover Wagon Adventure with Back Country Dining”
Reviewed September 21, 2012

We booked this excursion from the tour desk at Denali Princess Lodge. We were to find out we were to be the only two people on the ride. Despite that fact the tour people made us feel welcome and treated us well. Bailey, our guide in the wagon was very friendly and knowledgable. The meal we enjoyed was bountiful and the cabin it was served in was warm. And the cook was also friendly. Our hope on this trip was to see a side of Alaska that was off the beaten track. This excursion fulfilled that.

Visited September 2012
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32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Better than spending the evening in your room”
Reviewed September 18, 2012

Pleasant 30 minute ride through forest and field. Dinner was in a two room lodge with a number of picnic tables. Our table was neglected. We didn't start to be served until I hunted down somebody to serve us (the other tables were enjoying their meals). Each dish was brought with long intervals between. So we ate all the cole slaw, then all the buns, then all the chicken, then all the beans...There was a nice assortment of drinks including wine but somebody from the table had to go into the food prep area looking for a waiter anytime somebody needed a refill. Pleasant, definitely not spectacular. Nice horses.

Visited August 2012
Thank John P
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