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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...more
5157 Chena Hot Springs Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99712-3502
+1 907-750-0208
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Our party of 6 had a wonderful time! We chose the hour instead of the half hour and was glad we did. The trail was beautiful, the staff was super friendly! Eleanor, the owner, was our dog musher for the sled me and my hubby...More

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Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Awesome time and Eleanor’s great! Dogs are so fun too! We wanted to spend time with them after and not feel rushed to get out of there. Will come back to her to take other friends next time and maybe stay in her yurt.More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Eleanor W, Owner at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

The dogs do loving having guests visit, as we do too! All of the barking and jumping and tail wagging is their way of showing their enthusiasm about your visiting and getting to go down the trail on a run. So we're so glad you...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Educational and truly magical. Thank you for giving us that experience in the snow. For someone who has lived all her life in the tropics, my new word which is synonymous to ‘fun’ is mushing.More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank shackles
Eleanor W, Owner at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks so much for coming - we really loved having you here and all of your enthusiasm was really a treat for us as well! We are glad the snow finally came too and of course we're looking forward to more! Of course the dogs...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

No words to explain how much fun tbis was. Eleonor and Eloise could not have been nicer. The dogs are friendly and come right to you so you can pet them. Loved the trail too. There is also a super cute yurt you can spend...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Just Short of m... M, Admin Assistant at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your kind words! We are so happy to hear that you had a great time and got to spend time with the dogs! They are truly amazing and we feel so lucky that we get to spend time with them...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

No better place to spend our Wedding Anniversary. We stayed 3 nights in the Yurt with all the outdoor features you would expect.The 4 legged staff were warm & ready to accept your attention at a moments notice. Eleanor & her 2 legged staff could...More

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Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ira S
Eleanor W, Owner at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Wonderful to have you both here Paula and Ira! You are the best guests ever and always make being a host so easy!!! Love the time you spend here, the ease at which you take to "yurt life" and your genuine enthusiasm and gentle, fun-loving...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Rode an ATV behind 8 dogs today, as there was not quite enough snow to make it a decent ride on a sled. I loved every moment of this place, from the time I rolled up to the time I left. I was greeted by...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Eleanor W, Owner at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Wonderful that you had such a nice time! We're so glad you joined us and clearly had such a good time though I know at first there was some reservation about being on an ATV and not a sled. It is what we use for...More

Reviewed 4 November 2018 via mobile

We took a child of 17 months. I was able to hug him with a hug and hold a cart. Because it has less snow, I got on the cart instead of sledding. The dogs are very friendly. People lent me snow boots and scarves...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Just Short of m... M, Manager at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2018

Thank you for touring with Just Short of Magic! We enjoyed having you visit and happy to accommodate children of all ages, as well as help keep you warm during the ride :) We hope to see you again in the future! Best, Amanda JSoM...More

Reviewed 2 November 2018

We called Eleanor with a somewhat difficult request. My wife is pregnant and wasn't sure about mushing or doing something overtly physical that was out of the norm. Eleanor was more than willing to accommodate us and let us come out to attend Dog Breakfast....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Just Short of m... M, Manager at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2018

We are very happy you enjoyed your visit and we were able to accommodate your needs. We are always excited to educate our guests on the dogs diet and lifestyle. The dogs were happy to have you visit them as well! We look forward to...More

Reviewed 19 October 2018

We did the two-hour tour of the kennel, with a ride in the golf cart (no snow yet). Eleanor had us harness the dogs and hitch them up to the line. After the ride, we got to bring them their lunch. Kibble and moosemeat, yum....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Just Short of m... M, Admin Assistant at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2018

Hello Sandy, We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your mushing school! - despite the wet conditions. As you saw, the dogs love to run and are always excited to go! Rain, sunshine, or snow. And it does not matter to them whether...More

Reviewed 8 October 2018

I had a great time with the dog mushing experience here last year in March and then I decided to come back for 5 nights my yurt stay in October the following Iyear to catch up more magical moment in this amazing place. The yurt...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Just Short of M... M, Manager at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2018

Dear Shiang, Thank you very much for such a wonderful and kind review! We really enjoyed your visiting us again! We always strive to make the experience of our guests as magical and unique as possible! We do not have much to do with the...More

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8 March 2018|
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Response from Just Short of m... M | Property representative |
Hey there! Most folks this time of year with it being as warm as it is come back from the 30 min tour wishing they had gone longer. It is a great experience and most people if they are only doing this once in their life time... More
Sheila P
21 October 2017|
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
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