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Just Short of Magic

5157 Chena Hot Springs Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99712-3502
+1 907-750-0208
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Seriously quite the adventure

Totally did not expect it to be so great. It was gorgeous and sunny and the dogs were absolutely... read more

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
natasha_borchak
Unforgettable yurt and aurora viewing experience plus more

When I decided to catch the last chance to visit Alaska to see the northern light before the end of... read more

Reviewed 20 April 2017
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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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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

Thank Monica T
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

Reviewed 3 April 2017

After reading multiple reviews, we selected Just Short of Magic for our dogsledding experience and it was absolutely magical! They had the perfect combination of being easy to find, very friendly, and a great ride. We were warmly welcomed into the home where they made...More

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

Thank you for your review. Our location is very easy to find, being just of off Chena Hot Spring Road. We are actually located about half-way from the Chena Hot Springs Resort. Since we are almost halfway to the Hot Springs, a lot of our...More

Reviewed 3 April 2017

Staff were very helpful and they took our warmness into great concern. Dogs were very friendly and fun to interact. The trial was very astonishing. Overall a recommended place in Fairbanks.

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Eleanor W, Front Office Manager at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2017

It is very important to us that all of our guests are warm and happy during their tour. That is why we provide supplemental arctic gear to all of our guests free of charge. Jenna Admin Assistant for JSoM

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JSMD19
This looks like so much fun! Any tips on the best timing to book? Early morning, later in the day?
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
Do you guys offer transportation from Fairbanks to the tour location? If yes then how much is it for a person? Thanks!!
25 January 2017|
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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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379debrac
we will be in Fairbanks in July. What are the prices for a tour without the opportunity to drive a sled due to the summer conditions. Will forgo this part of the tour to have warm temps since you are in the -20 degree point currently. Yuck!
24 January 2017|
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Response from Eleanor W | Property representative |
Glad you are coming to Fairbanks this summer! A great time to visit. If you take a minute and return to the website, you will see a link to our summer tour options under the TOURS heading. Feel free to consider either of... More
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