Here are three exciting riding adventures that will take you into some of Alaska’s most interesting locations. Whether you choose the mechanical power of Four Wheeling, climbing into the saddle for a Horseback Riding adventure, or the explosive power of the dogs on an Alaska Dog Sledding trip, you are sure to enjoy the combination of an exciting ride and unique views of Alaska. And after your ride, enjoy watching for wildlife from your private BBQ deck at Bear Paw Adventure.
If trail riding in the Alaska wilderness is on your list, you won't find a better choice than this horseback riding adventure in the Chugach National Forest.
Saddle up near Seward. This ride starts off in the rain forest of Alaska and continues through part of old town Seward that was destroyed by the 1964 earthquake. Next it is out to the grass land and the beach of Resurrection Bay where you will see a variety of shore birds. The trail crosses many rivers where you see bald eagles up close and watch them feed and nest. Then the trail loops back towards home but with another river crossing were the salmon swim through the horse’s legs. The scenery is absolutely spectacular.
Two hour rides scheduled each day at 12:00 noon and 3:00 pm (May through August). Check in at least 20 minutes before ride time. $129 per person. Available May 1 through August 31.
No riding experience necessary, minimum age 6, maximum of 7 people per ride, maximum rider weight 275 lbs.
Horseback riding photos courtesy of Bardys Trail Rides, Seward, Alaska.
Available in the Anchor Point area, this 4-hour adventure will take you on trails only locals know about, deep into the hills over Kachemak Bay and into the wilderness of the Kenai Peninsula. Enjoy great scenery and wildlife viewing. Or you can choose a shorter, more leisurely 2-hour ride out on the beach where you’ll see beautiful mountains and volcanoes across the the Bay and across Cook Inlet. The 4-hour ride is $191 and the 2-hour ride is $159, taxes and fees included ($4 discount with payment by check). Two-UPs are available and used on the beach ride only with additional $55 charge for each passenger. Experienced guide, helmets, riding gloves, protective eye wear, water, ponchos (for rainy days) provided. Maximum 6 drivers per trip (plus up to 2 passengers on the beach ride only). Available June 1 through September 10.
If you are traveling from Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula, here is another ATV ride that is a great adventure you can enjoy on the day of your drive south or on your return. Check in for trips at 10:00 am or 2:00 pm. Cost is $201 per driver or $186 per passenger riding behind on a Two-UP (fees and taxes included). $6 discount if paid by check. 10% gratuity added for groups of 6 or more. Private tours available. This guided 3-hour ATV ride is for you if you want to get off the road and see some of wild Alaska in the Chugach State Park. Designed for small groups to enjoy excellent wildlife viewing and fantastic scenery. The awesome trail winds through the northern reaches of the Pacific coastal temperate rain forest located half way between Anchorage and Girdwood. A hike downhill to a spectacular waterfall where salmon come to spawn from mid-June through September is included. During the salmon runs there is a good chance of seeing bears. Tour includes water bottle, snack, helmet and rain gear. Available May 1 through September 16.
Photo courtesy of Alaska ATV Adventures
Dog sled or wheeled-cart rides and demonstrations are available year round.
One summer tour offers a 1.5 hour, sled dog ride on a wheeled cart. This ride is through the Alaskan wilderness to the base of Resurrection Mountain and along Box Canyon Creek. Costs are $74 for an adult and $37 for a child. Check in at the kennels near Seward. This is a great adventure to enjoy on a day trip from Anchor Point and can be combined with other exciting and interesting activities.
Fly out trips for summer glacier dog sled rides are also available. The cost for a 1 hour, 45 minute tour is $519 for adults, $489 for children. This adventure departs by air from Girdwood, which makes it a great activity to enjoy at a stop on your drive from Anchorage to Bear Paw Adventure.