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Running Reindeer Ranch Enjoyable Experience

If you’re planning a trip to see the Northern Lights in Alaska, there are a number of unique activities to choose from. One particularly special experience that is great for any age, is the opportunity to walk with reindeer. If you’re wondering why you should consider visiting a reindeer farm, keep reading to learn more.

History of the Running Reindeer Ranch

Feeding Reindeer At RanchThe Running Reindeer Ranch is owned and operated by a lifelong Alaskan, Jane, and her husband, Doug, originally from Portland, Oregon, along with their three children, now adults.

It all started when the family’s daughter, Robin, asked for a horse but due to allergies, they were unable to move forward.

After considering a couple of other options, they began looking into the possibility of reindeer. Initially, they adopted two reindeer, Ruby and Moon, who were followed by several calves in the years to come. The most recent additions in 2018 are calves, Sapphire and Toby.

The reindeer at Running Reindeer Ranch are considered a part of the family and enjoy entertaining anyone who comes to visit.

Walk with Reindeer in Alaska

Walking with ReindeerThe reindeer walk is highly acclaimed, especially as a 6-year recipient of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

During the winter, this walk is the perfect addition to your trip to see the Northern Lights. The tour includes a guided walk through the boreal forest with Jane as your tour guide. Throughout the tour, you’ll enjoy learning about the history of the forest as well as the reindeer.

Each tour will be unique – while the reindeer are tame, they are not trained so the tour makes take an unexpected route. Essentially, expect the unexpected and be ready to follow along with the reindeer.

Even more exciting, as of April 2018, the ranch has purchased a neighboring property and house that will include more trails and better accommodations for guests.

About Your Visit To The Running Reindeer Ranch

While prices change seasonally, tours are between $55 to $100 per adult, with a base price of $70. Also note that you must book ahead of time as this property is the family’s home.

Since the Running Reindeer Ranch works to deliver a quality experience for each tour, make sure you plan to spend at least 2.5 hours at the ranch.

If you’re concerned about weather conditions or your travel plans in general, the ranch offers a hassle-free cancellation if you notify them 48 hours in advance. Also note that in regard to the weather, they have done tours at -50 degrees, however, if you or anyone in your group are uncomfortable with extremely cold temperatures, you may cancel for a full refund.

Lastly, if you are not 100% satisfied with your experience, they will offer a full refund. With zero risk, why not book a tour for a once-in-a-lifetime experience?

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What Should You Wear When Visiting the Running Reindeer Ranch?

A tour at the Running Reindeer Ranch is not run-of-the-mill. The nature walk includes uneven terrain and occasionally harsh weather conditions, so be sure that you not only have good walking shoes but also weather appropriate clothing.

First and foremost, it’s important to keep yourself dry. Make sure that you wear light boots or shoes until it’s time to go for the walk to prevent your feet from becoming too hot and sweaty, which could quickly become wet and cold.

Hand warmers are another great way to stay warm throughout the tour. Simply open them about 20 minutes before using them. To further enhance your comfort during the visit to the Running Reindeer Ranch, consider bringing along some additional layers of clothing. Thermal base layers, fleece jackets, and waterproof outer shells can effectively protect you from the elements while allowing flexibility for adjustment as needed. It’s also advisable to pack a small backpack with essentials such as snacks and water to keep you energized during the nature walk. By being well-prepared with the right attire and supplies, you can fully enjoy the unique experience of exploring the ranch and interacting with the beautiful reindeer in their natural habitat.

Running Reindeer Ranch Directions

It’s not difficult to reach the Running Reindeer Ranch. Located in Northwest Fairbanks, we’re about 25 minutes from downtown, 10 minutes from the University, and 20 minutes from the airport. While the ranch does not provide transportation, they suggest that you contact Hampton’s Tours and Transports at 907-371-7101 or Air Link Shuttle, at 907-452-3337, if transportation is needed.

If you choose to drive to the Running Reindeer Ranch, the scenic route offers breathtaking views of the Alaskan wilderness. You’ll pass through snow-capped mountains and dense forests, truly encapsulating the beauty of the region. As you approach the ranch, a sense of tranquility washes over you, preparing you for the magical experience that awaits. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by the friendly staff and, of course, the majestic reindeer themselves, welcoming you to their home with grace and curiosity. So, whether you choose to drive or arrange transportation, the journey to the Running Reindeer Ranch is just the beginning of an unforgettable adventure.

“Last chance tourism” offers travelers a poignant opportunity to witness endangered destinations or species before they disappear entirely. It serves as a reminder of the urgent need for conservation efforts while allowing visitors to appreciate and preserve these precious treasures for future generations.

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