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“DeVore ATV tour”

Alaska Wilderness Adventure
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Owner description: On your ATV you will visit the historic remote 1959 Devore family homestead with Dennis Devore, an original family member. Learn how these hardy pioneers survived the harsh conditions of Alaskan homesteading. You can drive your own ATV or ride a comfortable ATV-drawn covered wagon as the homestead is accessible only by trail. Guests may try gold panning on the homestead quarter at Wiggle Creek. Lunch is included. Photo opportunities of Mt. McKinley.
Reviewed August 20, 2014

My family of 5 did this and all had a fabulous time. All of the positive reviews below are true. Everything from the history, the ATV ride, Chena, the wildlife, the homestead, the new cabin, target shooting, the gold panning and so on wes great. We were sorry our day had to end! Our family includes teenaged boys and a teenaged girl and sometimes it is difficult to find activities that everyone enjoys. This trip certainly was enjoyed by all and I would highly recommend the activity. It was one of our favorite days in Alaska. Thanks Dennis the Menace!

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Reviewed August 18, 2014

I found this adventure looking for a family activity on our visit to Talkeetna. Dennis took great care in setting us up with machines. (They're so easy to drive) and took us around town sharing several stories about the area and it's colorful past. We then headed down remote trails to the homestead, His stories and descriptions of his family's early years in Alaska were informative and captivating. His cabin is spectatcular and lunch was very good. The boys enjoyed firing the rifles and kept the casings as souveniers. My youngest loved panning for gold. All enjoyed his dog Cheena and his fetching abilities.
Our whole family (Mom, Dad and children ages12,16,18,19) absolutely loved our trip and all agree this was the best.
Dennis is an absolute gentleman and saw to it that all of us were comfortable and enjoyed ourselves. By the end our our visit, we all felt like Dennis was our new friend. Be sure to bring a light coat and a camera. Dennis supplied all else that was needed for our trip. This was a great Value - Highly reccomend

5  Thank Paul C
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Reviewed August 15, 2014

Meet Dennis in Talkeetna, hop on the ATV, what's ahead? learn about Talkeetna, the trails into the bush, away we go, from Dennis's start in Alaska, the family's first home and 'Irvin' , then onto Homestead with Chena his beloved dog and the book of 'Lucille', heartwarming, heartwarming, ONE OF A KIND, like Dennis, intriguing, and now a new friend. This IS an adventure you will NEVER forget and won't want it to end. With seven in our group from 15 to 65, Dennis did accommodate. ATV fun, lunch at the homestead, target shooting, with a REALLY big gun, gold panning, playing with Chena and hanging with Dennis, OH What fun! What fun! This is a true Alaskan must do! Experience the bush, the homestead and the warmth, a most fulfilling exhilarating experience for me and for you. Just do it!! Why the poem? You MUST go!! With smiles and heartfelt memories forever!! Thank you Dennis!!
xo Robin, Mitch, Adam, August '2014'

3  Thank Robin S
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Reviewed July 31, 2014

On the hunt for an Alaskan experience, we (a mother and two teenagers) had the opportunity to learn about and experience Talkeetna with Alaska Wilderness Adventures. Guided by a wonderful and informative longtime resident, my family and I will always remember the fun and excitement of discovering the area. Although my teenagers did not have a lot of experience on ATVs, nor I in recent years, Dennis showed each of us how to maneuver the ATVs with confidence. Chena, Dennis's faithful German Shepard joined us on the eventful ATV tour up to his family homestead - which will be remembered for years to come! (and Dana - thank you for reminding us what real strawberries taste like!) We would highly recommend this adventure.
On our next visit we will definitely reserve a spot on another ATV tour and hopefully be able to stay at the Denali Fireside Lodge. We had the opportunity check out the cabins which are in an excellent location, clean and perfect for the next visit to the area.

3  Thank Sail0rAnn
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Reviewed July 29, 2014 via mobile

Truly Unforgettable! My husband and I were fortunate to have come by Mr. Dennis DeVore by accident! We were looking for the mountain bike rental office and couldn't find it. We saw the ATV 's and stopped to talk to Dennis. We were just captivated by him and his beautifully obedient, loving partner "Cheena" his German Shepherd! It was later in the evening, but he would accommodate us. Wanting to experience a "Real Alaskan Adventure" we went for it! WE WERE NOT DISAPPOINTED! What an amazing experience! This man and his family history IS what Alaska is about! The trails were beautiful, the history was inspiring, his home that he was gracious enough to share was unforgettable! He was unforgettable! We ate looking out at the gorgeous "Wiggle Creek" on his picturesque property, while conversing as if we were long time friends! He just had a way about him. He cares about people! Not just a tour! It was personal! Inspirational! We didn't want to leave. It's the kind of experience that makes you want to move there. We definitely left a piece of our hearts in Talkeetna Alaska with Mr. DeVore and Cheena! We will be looking him up again when we go back!

Thank you Dennis for everything!
Love from,
Sanford & Sheralyn

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