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) available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Check in at least 20 minutes before ride time. $244 per person (plus 3% tax). 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.
Black Hills Ride: Available June 1 to August 31 in the Anchor Point area, this 5 to 6-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. Lunch provided. Enjoy great scenery and wildlife viewing. Meeting location: Anchor Point. Age Requirements: Side-by-side, Driver 18+ and passenger with 10+, 4-wheeler Driver 16+. $350 per person.
Beach Ride: For a shorter, more leisurely ride, choose this 4-hour beach ride where you’ll see beautiful mountains and volcanoes across the Bay and across Cook Inlet. Available May 1 through September 30. Starting time depends on the tides. Ride location is Anchor Point beach or Clam Gulch beach. Age Requirements: Side-by-Side, Driver 18+ and Rider 6+ or Driver 16+ and Rider 8+. $300 per person.
For both rides:
Fees: Add $10 fuel charge per person, 5% tax & fees; and, if paid with a credit card, 3% card fee,
Provided: Experienced guide, helmets if using Four-Wheelers, riding gloves, protective eye wear, water, ponchos (for rainy days).
Minimum group size: 2 people required for trip.
Maximum group size: 14 people.
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 $99 for an adult and $49.50 for a child, plus taxes and fees. 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.
Helicoter trips for summer glacier dog sled rides are also available. The cost for a 1 hour, 45 minute tour is $569 for adults, $519 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.