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Trail Breaker Kennel

5880 Airport Way, Fairbanks, AK 99709-4607
+1 907-479-3825
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Legendary Kennels !Outstanding Hospitality!

Because the 2017 Iditarod restart was to commence from Fairbanks we had to revise our itinerary... read more

Reviewed 26 April 2017
Ian W
Bundaberg, Australia
"Back stage" tour

Our tour group of 40 enjoyed an "on property" tour and presentation given by a young, female musher... read more

Reviewed 12 September 2016
Wendalyn S
Prescott, Arizona
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Trail Breaker Kennel is one of Alaska's legendary kennels where the legacy lives on. Established in 1974, by the late Susan Butcher, a four time Iditarod champion, and her husband David Monson, a Yukon Quest champion, the kennel opens it's doors in the summer and winter to show visitors what it is like to be a musher in the interior of Alaska. Starting in 1993, Trail Breaker Kennel became a favorite stop on the Riverboat Discovery tour in Fairbanks, where visitors are treated to a dog mushing demonstration twice daily. David, his two daughters Tekla and Chisana, and their dedicated staff allow visitors to take a peek into what dog mushing in Alaska is all about. Trail Breaker Kennel also offers a "Backstage Pass Tour" for those interested in seeing these champion Alaskan Huskies up close. Offered daily from 3:30pm to 5:00pm (by reservation), visitors experience a guided walking tour of the kennel, where they have the opportunity to ask questions and pet the adorable puppies.
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5880 Airport Way, Fairbanks, AK 99709-4607
+1 907-479-3825

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Reviewed 26 April 2017

Because the 2017 Iditarod restart was to commence from Fairbanks we had to revise our itinerary & fly back up from Anchorage.Fortunately we were escorted by our prior Tourer Director which led to the invite to Trail Breaker Kennels .What we experienced on the day...More

Thank Ian W
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Our tour group of 40 enjoyed an "on property" tour and presentation given by a young, female musher from the 2015 Iditarod. Saw the dogs up close, cuddled the 2 week old puppies and had a really nice private lunch. Very informative.

Thank Wendalyn S
Reviewed 26 August 2016

Excellent insight into the life of the sled dogs from being raised, trained and in competition. The guide Laura was very open and answered all question honestly. We were luck as we were in a group of 4 only.. Would recommend the Backstage Pass to...More

Thank Bill W
Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

It was wonderful seeing and holding 14 day old puppies. Seeing them at 4 months. Learning about Iditarod very clean kennel.

Thank Sharon S
Reviewed 10 August 2016

We went on the trail breaker kennel tour and it was a once in a lifetime experience! There was just myself and my son on the tour, so we got to ask a lot of questions and learned so much from Laura, who had actually...More

1  Thank mimiloucat
Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

This was the best thing we did in Fairbanks. The staff are wonderful. We learned a lot and had so much fun. Highly recommended!

Thank garrisonjan
Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

This was an amazing tour. Very personable, accommodating and knowledgeable staff. We learned about the preparation involved in completing the Iditarod first hand from Lauren. We met her team of dogs who ran and completed the 2015 race. She could not have been more informative...More

Thank Rachel B
Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

We had a demonstration by this kennel group of the operation, training and riding of the dogs and sleds. We view it from a boat off the river shore in Fairbanks. Loud speakers were set up so we could hear the presentation. They also demonstrated...More

Thank Tony C
Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

This tour was amazingly informative and interesting. Gave me a new awareness! Jessie's passion for the Iditarod was contagious. Those Alaskan Huskies look like your family pet, but their strength and endurance for the race will make your jaw drop! Each dog can pull 7...More

Thank Helen B
Reviewed 5 April 2016

I visited the Trail Breaker Kennels for my first dog sledding experience. The staff at Golden Heart Tours was amazing. We never felt like this was a "tourist attraction" we had the opportunity to interact with the kennel staff and get an up close and...More

Thank Saskia V
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JoAnn M
Are tours offered on Sundays and what is the cost?
26 August 2016|
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Response from Aelin A |
Thanks for inquiring! Yes, tours are offered on Sundays. Please call the kennel at 907-347-1979 for more information and to book a tour.