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Just Short of Magic

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5157 Chena Hot Springs Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99712-3502
+1 907-750-0208
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Just short of magic, was nothing but magical. The team are super helpful and accommodating, the... read more

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Thank you for an unforgettable, amazing experience. The trails were absolutely beautiful! The sled... read more

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We offer dog sled rides ranging from a half-hour to one-and-a-half hours. Tour the beautifully forested Alaskan winter trails on a dog sled or drive the team. Our Dog Mushing School offers customized dog mushing lessons. Sled rides or lessons can be combined with educational kennel tours. Learn about amazing canine athletes, mushing equipment, and what it means to be a musher.
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5157 Chena Hot Springs Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99712-3502
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Reviewed yesterday

Just short of magic, was nothing but magical. The team are super helpful and accommodating, the dogs are friendly and playful and the experience of being able to drive your own sleigh is un real. I highly recommend doing the 2hr mushing school- you become...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Thank you for an unforgettable, amazing experience. The trails were absolutely beautiful! The sled dogs were so lovable and so happy and unbelievably smart. We were lucky to have Eleanor tour us. She loves her dogs and she is so knowledgeable and is passionate about...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We were lucky enough to go on the first ride in snow this season. It was absolutely amazing. We did the hour tour as it wasn't too cold outside. Eleanor is very passionate about her dogs and mushing. She's extremely knowledgeable. The dogs did great....More

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Just Short of M... M, Front Office Manager at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Just Short of Magic is fortuitous enough to be located almost exactly halfway between the town of Fairbanks, Alaska and the Chena Hot Springs Resort. It is a fact of life that the drive to the Chena Hot Springs Resort from Fairbanks takes about 2...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went here on my last day in Alaska. The clouds parted and the sun was shining! All the workers here are friendly, helpful and fun! When I arrived they went over my gear to make sure I brought warm enough clothes. I brought everything!...More

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Just Short of M... M, Front Office Manager at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We would love to have you back again as soon as possible. Sled dog tours never go out of style! I am so happy that you came fully prepared for your tour, but it is important to note that we do proved supplemental winter gear...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing location! Gracious and hospitable host! Yummy breakfast! Fabulous experience! Can’t wait to go back!!😊

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Eleanor W, Owner at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Wonderful having you here! Thanks for being such a great guest! You're welcome back anytime and we look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited Eleanor's this past June with a friend who had been talking about adopting one of her older dogs. We went just for a look and wound up doing the full tour.At the very least my experience there was amazing. Eleanor is kind, friendly,...More

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Just Short of M... M, Front Office Manager at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Eleanor is an amazing human being and the most wonderful boss that a person can ask for! It is fun for me, and all of our tour guests, to watch her interact with her kennel. She is so relaxed around the dogs and you can...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had the dog sledding with ATV & it was unforgettable. Eleanor was very helpful when we were communicating through email. She also helped us to find transport as they don’t provide one. Too bad we didn’t get to meet her in person. Nevertheless we...More

Thank MrsKYRig
Just Short of M... M, Front Office Manager at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

The ATV tour is a lot of fun. It is great that we can show our guests how mushers condition and train their dogs during the fall. At the time you took your tour, we did not provide transportation, now we can! If anyone needs...More

Reviewed 13 August 2017

This is for dog lovers who want to learn and experience taking care of mushing dogs. And as a bonus you get to stay in a very traditional yurt. Eleanor was great. She allowed our family into the puppy pen to play with 4 months...More

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Eleanor W, Owner at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2017

Thanks so much for coming! Was great to have you here! The dogs loved having you visit them too! Come back in the winter when we can take you dog sledding - super fun :)

Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

We loved our time there. Feeding the puppies, petting and playing with all the dogs. Eleanor was amazing, very friendly and patient answering all our questions. Real Alaska experience! Can't wait to come back in the winter to do dog sledding through the woods. Definitely...More

Thank Kevin S
Reviewed 27 May 2017

Totally did not expect it to be so great. It was gorgeous and sunny and the dogs were absolutely amazing. Felt like a dream. The staff was wonderful and friendly and made our adventure that much better. If you're going to Alaska, this should be...More

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Eleanor W, Owner at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2017

Hi Natasha, Thanks so much for your wonderful review! So glad you liked the dogs, they are so special to all of us. Spring tours here ideal as we have so much snow, it's warmer then the peak of winter and of course we have...More

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Sheila P
21 October 2017|
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Response from Eleanor W | Property representative |
Hi Shelia, Iditarod runs normally from Anchorage to Nome and does not include Fairbanks. For a few years the start has originated in Fairbanks due to low snow in Anchorage. They won't know until much later in season where... More
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NISCHITA M
27 July 2017|
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Response from aynihealingoasis | Reviewed this property |
There is no snow in the Fairbanks area in the summer. Most of the dog sled businesses use 4 wheelers to let the dog do the runs instead. If you are looking for the authentic dog sledding experience with snow, you might want... More
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JSMD19
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Response from Sahu282 | Reviewed this property |
We did around 1PM, any time should be fine.
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