Running Reindeer Ranch
Interested in exploring one-of-a-kind regional attractions? A few hours at Running Reindeer Ranch, a family-run wonderland tucked in the gorgeous Goldstream Valley, could very well be the highlight of your group’s Alaska trip! The reindeer - Ruby, Willow, Olive, Rufus, Daisy, Buttercup and Jasper - are friendly, fun, and full of personality. They’re truly part of the family and genuinely enjoy entertaining visitors, nibbling lichen and yummy treats and striking out on incredible nature walks through the exquisite boreal forest accompanied by Candy, a sweet black lab mix.
Each merry jaunt through the woods is a unique experience with factors like season, trail conditions and the mood of the reindeer influencing your outing. Along the way, you’ll learn the history of reindeer, including their introduction to Alaska during the Reindeer Project to save the starving Inuit, and why they are a natural fit as the livestock of choice in the 49th state. You’ll even pick up a few fun facts on annual antler growth. After your walk, you’ll enjoy delicious homestyle refreshments and friendly conversation. In the summer months, a trip to the family garden highlights the special challenges of an Alaskan growing season.
Note: The reindeer are tame but not trained so anything is possible. Bring your cameras and be prepared to improvise as you hit the trail with Candy and this charming group of lively ruminants on this refreshingly different and wildly exclusive bucket-list experience!
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