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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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Awesome Mushing Dogs and a Yurt

This is for dog lovers who want to learn and experience taking care of mushing dogs. And as a bonus... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2017
PhillyJRB
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Great time!

We loved our time there. Feeding the puppies, petting and playing with all the dogs. Eleanor was... read more

Reviewed 5 July 2017
Kevin S
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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 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

Thank PhillyJRB
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

Reviewed 20 April 2017

When I decided to catch the last chance to visit Alaska to see the northern light before the end of April, I was searching for authentic Alaskan experience. I found Just Short of Magic first from their dog sledding offering given it's ranked No.1 activity...More

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Eleanor W, Owner at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2017

It was wonderful having you both for the two nights. So glad you were able to join us! The dogs loved your attention and course the puppies did too! We'd love to have you return anytime and of course when we have snow so we...More

Reviewed 11 April 2017

This is our first time to try the dog sledding, The dogs are cute, we enjoy our time here, beautiful scenery

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Eleanor W, Front Office Manager at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2017

We are so glad you had fun! Come back anytime to have a second dog sledding experience. Jenna Admin Assistant for JSoM

Reviewed 11 April 2017

Just Short of Magic is the perfect place to go dog sledding. We were impressed with how good the dogs were taking care of and the care that went into making sure they were safe. All the staff were helpful and nice and made sure...More

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Eleanor W, Front Office Manager at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2017

The dogs are the number one priority at Just Short of Magic. Their happiness and heath is always what we care about the most. That means that when you come to us for a tour, you know that these dogs are happy, healthy, and super...More

Reviewed 9 April 2017

We picked this company because my friend wanted to learn how to mush. She was shown how to hook up the dogs and the commands needed to direct the dogs. And she was the musher for 1/2 the time out. She loved it. I decided...More

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Eleanor W, Front Office Manager at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2017

I am so glad that you and your friend had a good time. Our Mushing School is a wonderful experience and is catered to the students attending. If a person wants to be super hands on, that is great, but if a student wants to...More

Reviewed 6 April 2017

My husband and I signed up for the dog mushing school - it was a blast, i highly recommend spending the time and taking this tour! We were so fortunate to have Eleanor, the owner as our guide. When we first arrived we got to...More

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Eleanor W, Front Office Manager at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2017

The Mushing School is truly a unique experience. Not only do you get to learn all about the sport of dog mushing, but you get a chance to drive a dog team all by yourself. Eleanor, the owner of the business, loves sharing her knowledge...More

Reviewed 4 April 2017

Couldn't forget for whole life. The view is beautiful. Puppies are very friendly and really like you to cuddle them

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Eleanor W, Front Office Manager at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2017

We are so glad you had fun! Come back next year to see the puppies all grown up! Jenna Admin Assistant for JSoM

Reviewed 4 April 2017

Such a fun experience! Very friendly staff. Reasonable prices for duration of sled ride whether you pick the 30min option or full hour option. The dogs are also very friendly and you have the chance to pet and see them all. Highly recommend this place...More

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Eleanor W, Front Office Manager at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2017

Just Short of Magic prides itself on having the best quality sled dog tours in the area for the most reasonable prices. When you book a tour with us you will be going through actual black spruce woods. You will not just be going in...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
28 March 2017|
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Response from Sahu282 | Reviewed this property |
We did around 1PM, any time should be fine.
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AnnieVu94
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Response from Eleanor W | Property representative |
We do not provide transport from the hotels, but we work closely with 2 transport companies who do. You can call Andy with Moose Cab at 907-452-7000 and he will give you a price. Or try Airlink at 907-452-3337 and they can... More
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