Dog Sled Tours

Thinking cool thoughts on these hot summer days...give yourself something to cold to think about.

Bookings for the winter season 2018-2019 are now

being taken. There are still a few dates left in

January, February and March for you to pick from.


Please get with us for the 2018-2019 season

if you want a wonderful winter adventure in

an awesomely beautiful part of the world.

Check out our Guide, Greg Ott starting a fire in 2 minutes using sticks, bone and parachute cord Fire Starting

Check out our Happy Dogs Video Happy Dogs to see dogs born to run and enjoying themselves.

Check out our Trip Advisor page Trip Advisor to read reviews of our tours and expeditions.

Check out our facebook page Bush Alaska Dog Sled Tour Facebook Page to see some of our latest training videos and how our teams work.

Mushing has taken a negative turn with rumors of dopeing of dogs and poor care in sled dog races. This is blatantly not true. Most mushers tend to spend more time with their dogs and on their dog care than they do their own. Yes, there is occasionally some one out there who may not care enough but for the most we are a very caring, loving group of people. Just being around our dogs, you will soon see the love that we share with them and they with us. They do work hard all winter which they have been bred to do. They love it. We retire them when it is no longer fun for them and find wonderful forever homes. But before that time the dogs spend the winters trotting the trail and the summers having a blast as the following pictures show.



The following are wonderful words from a recent client who is returning this next season...

BEFORE LIFE MOVES TOO FAR ALONG...after my Alaska trip, I need to pause here to say, "THANK YOU."

• to Wayne & Scarlett Hall for having the vision to provide an opportunity like this to folks like me who want to "come into the Country" and experience her on her own terms...and for having the gumption to deliver it. May God bless all your efforts ????
• to Deb, my awesome guide, for being fun and funny and professional and capable and, well, just awesome in too many ways to list here. I'd adventure with you anywhere ??
• to the Dogs of Bush Alaska Expeditions, for being the amazing athletes, wonderful companions and all-around Good Dawgs that you are, in every way that dogs can be. Paws up for you!!! ??????
• to Nate & Ruby and their family, for their warm hospitality in opening their home to me/us, for Nate breaking trail, and for feeding me! ??
• to my hubby, Gary, for encouraging me to do this and never once trying to talk me out of it <3
• and finally to my doggy girls, Mauser & Faith, for deepening my love and appreciation for dogs and all that they can mean in our lives, and we in theirs. I owe much of who I am to you. <3

"THERE IS A MOMENT LEAVING [THE HOMESTEAD]...when you burst out of the snowy pine woods into sunshine. At that precise moment your dogs hurtle over the edge of the bank towards the frozen Yukon River below and you could be forgiven for questioning if you are indeed one of the "strong and sane" from the Law of the Yukon. But there's not enough time to be afraid, you just remember Wayne's advice about brakes, somehow the sled proves as stable as promised, and you don't flip on the turn down river. By the time you "Whoaaa" behind your guide's team, the grin on your face has become permanent - and it won't leave until long after you fly out of Eagle at the end of your holiday." ~ from the Trip Advisor report of a prior client.

TRUER WORDS WERE NEVER SPOKE. (John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn)

Our season is booking. Please get with us if you would like a lifetime experience. We have guides that can work with you to give you the utmost enjoyment for you level of ability. Do not hesitate to get with us with any questions.

You can reach us by e-mail at

This is some of the most regal and majestic country that our guides have seen.


Follow one of our recent retirees on Instagram...blackbearsleddog. She is a wonderful ambassador for sled dogs and how well they can settle into forever homes when they retire. Our dogs work hard for us and we want to see them have a wonderful retirement. We let them tell us when they want to retire and we are always looking for loving homes. Please get with us if you are interested!

Wonderful videos by clients in our 2017 Mushing Season...

Court Oglivie has once again graced us with his work titled...

Eagle Paws

Oleg Margrisso has joined in with beautiful work showing the beauty of our wilderness and the love of our dogs...

The Big River Crossing 

Dogs of Alaska 

Please check out our FaceBook page for current videos and news of our kennel.

View one of the options for a tour Yukon Charley Rivers Preserve a 2.2 million acre wilderness.

Our tours are customized to each individual client. We take into consideration each clients physical level of ability and what they are hoping to experience with Bush Alaska Expeditions then weave it all together for the best possible trip. (See Physical Requirements in the next column.) We take no more than 2 clients on any tour unless the client ask for a larger group.

Please see our Trips page for pricing.

The About Us & Blog page has some recent pictures of the ice on the Yukon River after break up. Please check it out.

Our Son, Matt Hall is the 2017 Yukon Quest

Dog Sled Champion. He and his wonderful

team of huskies ran an exceptional race.

Please check out Smokin Ace Kennels at the

link below

Smokin Ace Kennels

A Passion for Nature ultimately led to a love of the sport is a well written article written by Dermot Cole of ADN about Matt and his team's victory. Wayne and I were able to break away for 2 days and see him finish and achieve one of his dreams. He had a lot of help along the way. A special Thank You to Amanda!

Photo by Dermot Cole of the Alaska Dispatch

The 2016 winter season has come to a close

with a very successful expedition.

IN AMUNDSENS FOOTSTEPS was a very difficult but

triumpant trip!

The international team have all gone in different directions and the 22 wonderful dogs of our kennel have settled into some relaxation. Their winter season is closing and the new spring awaits.

Happy gentlemen and very happy dogs! They rolled in here a couple of hours ago. The stories they have to tell are amazing. What they and Bush Alaska Expeditions dogs have been through is truely a life changing event.

Tim Oakley, Wayne Hall, Earl Rolf, Tim Graham Happy gentlemen on arrival Lefty very happy in her straw bed Nenana relaxing on top of her dog house



Starting in February 2016 the expedition will take approximately 40 days. This will be a team of three people and 22 sled dogs. The expedition will be carried out in extreme temperatures in one of the most remote areas left on the planet. The link to our website is

In Amundsens Footsteps


We have created an educational program connecting six schools in Canada, Alaska, Norway and the UK who will work together to bring a focus to climate change, geography and the history of exploration.

The program will broaden student's syllabuses, create exchange opportunities and enhance learning experiences in both isolated and populated schools.


For more information and/or questions e-mail us at or



Mallika Ranjan put together a great You Tube video of some of her tour. Click

to see this video.

We had a wonderful 2015 season and hated to see it draw to a close. The clients were wonderful, trail conditions could not have been better and the dogs enjoyed all the time out on the trails.


"A Quest for Adventure" and "Twenty-four Feet Across the Yukon," are two videos a gifted client, Court, has put together. His videos covers so much of what happens while on tour with us and a segment of the Eagle Checkpoint during the Yukon Quest 2014 Dog Sled Race and our son, Matt Hall's race. "Twenty-four Feet Across the Yukon" "A Quest for Adventure"

Check out the caribou migration crossing the Yukon near our homestead on our About Us & Blog page.


Our son, Matt Hall has some very awestruck parents and quite a fan following as he competed in theYukon Quest 1000 mile Dog Sled Race.

Feb 2014...Matt Hall finished with a very

strong team

in 3rd place and was awarded the Rookie of

the Year, The Spirit of the North and the

Vets Choice.

Follow his progress on our Face Book Page...


Here are the links to his finish line interviews on YOU TUBE and YUAC!



Matt has a website going as he starts preparing for racing. If you get the chance check out Smoking Ace Kennels and/or see some of his racing career here on our web site at Matt's Racing

Our Blog has been moved to the About Us & Blog

Click here for Touring and KENNEL UPDATE/BLOG

Photos and details of our expedition trips have been moved to Expeditions & Photos to see more about our expedition trips and their photos.

Aug 14, 2012...The second wave of suicidal porcupines have broken through the perimeter of the homestead and here is one of the wounded warriors.



June 17th...Happy Father's Day...Wayne is not too impressed with the gift the dogs gave him...


Personally, I am not either...a bear up a tree in the dog yard all night...Quiet PLEASE!

We have been enjoying travel on the river and came across an interesting discovery. Is it a new species...?



Cleaning out some paperwork I came across an interesting picture. Here is our very first Sierra Club Tour group waiting at the Eagle Air Strip for the charter flight to pick them up for their return to Fairbanks. Picture is compliments of Bob Thorton.


Just in case anyone thinks this is a serious picture...this was a fun loving group who had a great time setting this photo up.














Mush your own sled dog team of Alaskan Huskies through the Alaska, Yukon Wilderness. Our adventures and custom trips specialize in extreme wilderness travel using highly trained Alaskan huskies. This area of Alaska is one of the most remote locations left on earth and includes the Yukon Charley Rivers National Preserve, which is a 2.2 million acres protected wilderness area. NPS Yukon Charley Rivers National Preserve. Bush Alaska Expeditions has the only "Commercial Use Authorization" to run dog teams within the Yukon/Charley wilderness area. We live off the land and leave a very small footprint on the world and our environment. Our tours are eco-friendly.

There are routes above tree line over mountain summits, along creek and river drainages and into boreal forests. Our specialty is "PRIVATE CUSTOMIZED TOURS."

Because a true wilderness experience becomes tainted with a large group or "party," we limit our tours to one or two clients plus your guide. (Except on special request for a larger group, by you.) You can customize your tour to your own personal physical abilities and expectations which can include day trips and simple overnight adventures in a tent camp or an original miner/trap line cabin dating back to the early part of the century or you can experience a full-blown expedition as long as you want, mushing into country inhabited only by God's creations, including caribou and wolves.

Along with the experience of riding the runners behind the dogs, you can spend time hiking alone or with the dogs, skiing, ski joring, snow boarding, aurora watching, (on clear nights the northern lights often grace the sky), or just kicking back in a relaxed, remote location. A true wilderness experience is more than just being on the runners behind the dogs. It is every aspect of life out here. We have to temper the amount of time the dogs run with what is best for them while giving you an ultimate wilderness experience. Normally the dogs run 3.5 to 5 hours a day which is approximately 20 to 25 miles. A few days might be shorter and later in the season with longer daylight they might be slightly longer. So expect some time to explore your wilderness world or kick back and relax.

If you are concerned about the environment, rest assured we leave a very small foot print. Because of where we live we have to use everything and waste very little. Running dogs, in itself, is eco-friendly and green as we avoid motors when we travel as much as we can. Every scrap of fish is used, either for ours or the dogs food, the guts go into compost for the garden. Even the dog poop is composted for later use (5 years) in the garden.

While you are here you will be exposed to a variety of hazards and risks, which are inherent in each trip and cannot be eliminated without destroying the unique character of what you want to experience. Rescue and medical facilities are not easily available. Take note the closest doctor or hospital is over 350 air miles from your dog tour starting point at our cabin.  Your physical conditioning is essential for your safety.  Medical help could be days away!

Your dog sled adventure begins in the small town of Eagle where we will make our way 6 miles down the Yukon River to the home cabin, as there are no roads to our homestead, located deep in the interior/boreal forest, and continue on to our fall dog training camp situated high on the tundra of American Summit above tree line and beyond.  If the timing is right you can run your dog team among thousands of migrating caribou--with wild-life viewing possibilities ranging from exotic Alaskan Sable to Lynx, Moose, Wolves and other Alaskan Interior Wild-Life.

Due to the nature of this total wilderness environment the country does not allow for luxury accommodations.  However our tours range from log cabins to hard-core tent camps set up in mountain ranges accessible only by dog team.  We specialize in primitive expedition type travel by dog team.  Typical clientele for our more hardcore expeditions are athletic type sports enthusiasts looking for a challenging adventure to test themselves in a harsh environment which includes an element of risk. These clients come from a select list of returns who have proven to us that they have the stuff for very harsh conditions.

If you are into a true sledding experience, that does not require an extreme level of physical fitness, we have trails and very rustic cabins in remote areas that also include everything the expedition type tours offer with-out the inherent risk and physical requirements.  All tours are custom designed to your specifications for each selected client.


Because our tours are customized to meet specific requests from each individual client our physical requirements will vary considerably for each tour or expedition. Because of the very nature of our remote, wilderness location what we might call an easy trail can be in extreme circumstances an intermediate or even advanced trail for 95% of other dog tour businesses.

Even a custom tour geared to a beginner requires a decent level of physical fitness. A beginner in good shape can move to intermediate level in just a couple of days...age is not a discriminatory factor. We have friends in their 70's that we would take on tour.

If you cannot jog/walk 2 miles in less than half an hour then you should consider a Fairbanks or Anchorage connection for your dog tour. Riding a sled is a physical endeavor. You don't just stand on the runners as you are in constant motion and good balance is a must. You have to be prepared to take falls and they can be hard or easy falls depending on what you fall on. When going up a steep slop you need to be able to step off and if not push the sled up at least jog up behind it while still holding on. This takes some of the weight off the dogs.

Expeditions require a much higher level of physical fitness. Expedition clientele are selected.

Many times your fitness level will determine which trail system your guide will take you on. It is important for us to know ahead of time your fitness level and/or limitations...also important to you for your enjoyment of the tour.

GUIDES:  Wayne Hall, Scarlett Hall, Matt Hall, Nate Becker, Matt Emslie, Deb Cawthorn and Greg Ott

Recommended reading:

A Land Gone Lonesome Author Dan O'Neill

Yukon Alone by John Balzar

Coming into the Country by John McPhee

Dog Driver by Miki and Juliei Collins

"A Quest for Adventure" and "Twenty-four Feet Across the Yukon," are two videos a gifted client, Court, has put together. His videos covers so much of what happens while on tour with us and a segment of the Eagle Checkpoint during the Yukon Quest 2014 Dog Sled Race and our son, Matt Hall's race.

Twenty-four Feet Across the Yukon

A Quest for Adventure

Court Oglivie has once again graced us with his work this year titled...

Eagle Paws

Oleg Margrisso has joined in with beautiful work showing the beauty of our wilderness and the love of our dogs...

The Big River Crossing 

Dogs of Alaska 


Check out dog mushing in the Yukon Charley Rivers Preserve

Dog Mushing in the Yukon Charley Rivers Preserve

 See our page on Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor

March 2013 Dog Sledding Video by Mike and Katie Rabalais

New videos posted on line. . .

Two of our clients did a journal style review of our trip. Click on Alaska trip when the page opens.

Another journal style review.

Mallika Ranjan put together a great You Tube video of some of her tour. Click

to see this video.

VIEW AN 8 MINUTE VIDEO: Sierra Club member Mickey Murch made this video in Feb 2007 while on a Sierra Club Tour with us. The clip is called Metabolic Transportation and is on vimeo. To watch the video, once the page pulls up, click the starting arrow on the window.


View a video of some advanced mushing with direction from guide, Matt Emslie: Sometimes mushing can get difficult and exhilarating as this video of Louise directing her team and working her sled around a narrow ledge of ice on an exploratory trip into the headwaters of Eagle Creek. Once the page opens up, click on the starting arrow on the window.


New York Times Travel Magazine "The Great White Way" by Alix Browne in the November 20, 2005 issue. 

USA TODAY Travel>>Destinations "Dog Sledding Keeps Gliding Along, Snow or No Snow" by Laura Bly February 14, 2008

Australian Financial Review, The Sophisticated Traveler Jan 2006

MUSHING The Magazine of Dog-Powered Adventure July/Augush 2008 "Bush Alaska Expeditions" by Anita C. Strindberg  

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CONTACT: For more information and/or questions e-mail us at or or write us at:  Bush Alaska Expeditions, P O Box 161, Eagle, AK 99738.  No incoming phone calls due to the remote location but there is Internet access via satellite. Phone calls can be arranged via computer and satellite.   


Previous pictures





May 23 has had the dogs very excited with 2 unusual visitors into the dog yard. On at least 5 visits that Wayne and I witnessed a lone white wolf came calling. This has had us pondering the question of is it safe to allow the beautiful animal such close proximity to the dogs? There are many stories about such visits and some have bad endings but many have interesting and wonderful endings. Ours was a good ending. The wolf meandered about showing no aggression towards the dogs or us. He has not visited in the past 3 days. Neither Wayne nor I thought to grab the camera in our excitement at getting to watch him.

Now last night and today is a different story! This bear has no problem allowing us all the time we need to practically pose him for shots. As long as he stays to the trails we are going to enjoy him.








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