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Just Short of Magic

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Address: 5157 Chena Hot Springs Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99712-3502
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We offer dog sled rides ranging from a half-hour to one-and-a-half hours....

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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It *is* almost magic

A great chance to learn about an Alaskan tradition (our guide was a real-life full-time musher) and to ride in a dog sled. Best done when there is snow on the ground. The staff is... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Hilo, Hawaii

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Hilo, Hawaii
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great chance to learn about an Alaskan tradition (our guide was a real-life full-time musher) and to ride in a dog sled. Best done when there is snow on the ground. The staff is friendly and the dogs are wonderful. In our opinion a short ride (1/2-1 hour) is enough for a full experience. They have a two-hour intro... More 

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Eleanor W, Front Office Manager at Just Short of Magic, responded to this review

We have three separate tour options that can cater to everyones sensibilities. If you are wanting a small taste of mushing, then our 1/2 Swing Dog Tour is for you! If you would like to see a little bit more scenery and spend more time on the sled, then you should sign up for our hour Lead Dog Tour. If... More 

San Diego, California
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoyed a beautiful one-hour ride with these amazing doggies, full of energy. One of a lifetime experience..... Spring sun was filtering through the tall trees surrounding us in serious subzero temperature. Most gorgeous trails we dashed trough. Definitely will come back.

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Eleanor W, Front Office Manager at Just Short of Magic, responded to this review

Dog sledding is most certainly a once in a lifetime experience. No where but in Alaska can you experience the pure joy that is mushing. It is great to see how excited the dogs are to run, how pristine the woods are, and how magical it is to watch 8 sled dogs running as a team! Jenna Admin Assistant for... More 

Scottsdale, Arizona
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had a great time over there with my dog mushing school experience. Nick was my instructor and he owns his dog team with loving care. I was able to learn the dog mushing from the entry level with confidence. Very enjoyable experience for sure. The time went too fast and too short to enjoy the learning fun. It was... More 

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Eleanor W, Front Office Manager at Just Short of Magic, responded to this review

Eleanor, the owner of the business, loves those birch woods as well. She likes to call it Little Africa! Nick is a wonderful musher and you can tell how much he loves his dogs by the way he interacts with them. Not only that, but he is extremely skilled and knowledgeable. Jenna Admin Assistant for JSoM More 

Colorado Springs, Colorado
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very wonderful place to enjoy a dog sledding experience with your family. The best part of Alaska, if you ask me.

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Eleanor W, Front Office Manager at Just Short of Magic, responded to this review

Our tours are definitely fun to the max! We are glad you had such a good time. Jenna Admin Assistant for JSoM More 

Saint Charles, Illinois
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had so much fun learning about the dogs, the equipment, and hooking my own team to mush. The one on one school with Eleanor was great. Well, actually all the people there were great. The dogs are so friendly and posing for pictures during the meet and great. Mushing my own sled dog team thru the back country of... More 

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Eleanor W, Front Office Manager at Just Short of Magic, responded to this review

The Mushing School is a wonderful tour option for people who want a little hands on experience with dog mushing. I can tell you that Eleanor had just as much fun teaching the Mushing School as you had taking it. Come back anytime! Jenna Admin Assistant for JSoM More 

Grand Rapids, Michigan
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Everything went well, I didn't need any clothing but it was available if I did. My musher was very professional.

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Eleanor W, Front Office Manager at Just Short of Magic, responded to this review

Glad you had fun! Our mushers are very skilled and professional. Jenna Admin Assistant for JSoM More 

Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I took my 2 year old son here after we watched the ceremonial start of the Iditarod and he got super interested in dog sledding. He loved it, the experience was safe and fun. It was well organized and we had no issues at all. I highly recommend it!

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Eleanor W, Front Office Manager at Just Short of Magic, responded to this review

Kids love dog sledding! What is there not to love. There are cute dogs everywhere, snow, and you get to go on a sled! Jenna Admin Assistant for JSoM More 

Merrimac, Massachusetts
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

JSM was the highlight of our first trip to Alaska. From Jenna shifting our mushing school time to ensure the 3 of us would all get to do the school at the same time before we even arrived to Eleanor's expertise when teaching us about the dogs and out on the trails we thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated the pride they... More 

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Eleanor W, Front Office Manager at Just Short of Magic, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review! It sounds like you and your friends had a great time in the Yurt and during your Mushing School. Eleanor is really great about making sure that all of our Yurt guests will be comfortable with the wood fire stove. That Yurt was her home for 4 years and it is so... More 

New York City, New York
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The highlight of my Alaska trip by a country mile. The yurt was amazing, the dogs were very friendly. I did the mushing school with Eleanor, a great host and great instructor. I will be returning to Just Short of Magic on my next trip to Fairbanks.

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Eleanor W, Front Office Manager at Just Short of Magic, responded to this review

We look forward to your next visit! The Mushing School is really a lot of fun. I am so glad that you got to be with Eleanor, who is the owner of the business and loves running tours each and every day. Jenna Admin Assistant for JSoM More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I booked the half hour dog sledding tour here. We arrived a little bit earlier for our reservation but the staff were very nice. We were welcome to stay and wait in their rooms and also had some great time playing with the dogs. Our musher was wonderful (sorry I am not sure how to spell her... More 

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Eleanor W, Front Office Manager at Just Short of Magic, responded to this review

We are so glad that you have a wonderful time. We are never upset when people arrive early! If you arrive early, that means that you get more time to pet and interact with the dogs. All of our mushers are very knowledgeable and they love talking about their love of dog mushing. Jenna Admin Assistant for JSoM More 

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