Located in the beautiful boreal forest of the Goldstream Valley, a dog mushing heaven, just north of Fairbanks, Alaska, our reindeer ranch is situated in a birch forest at the base of Moose Mountain. Our reindeer family is friendly, fun, and full of personality. They enjoy entertaining visitors, eating lichen, frolicking in the forest, going for long nature walks and getting their pictures taken.
“I am often torn between rating an attraction very good or excellent. I did not have this problem with Jane’s Running Reindeer Ranch, it was truly OUTSTANDING!” from TripAdvisor
People often ask how these reindeer came to live with us. It all started when our daughter, Robin, then age 12, asked if she could have a horse. Allergies and other practical concerns led Jane to say “no.” Persistent Robin turned her attention to goats (absolutely not) or sheep (um, that would be “no,” again). Jane suggested considering an animal better suited to the arctic. A drive by the University of Alaska Reindeer Research Project planted the seed which would germinate through two years of research and fundraising.
Finally, in October of 2007 Ruby and Moon joined us from Tom Williams’ Reindeer Farm in Palmer. Olive joined us in February of 2008. In April of 2008, Ruby became a mom: Willow was born; the family was taking shape. Jasper was born the following spring, Charlie was born in the spring of 2010, Rufus and Lilly in 2011, Robbie and Lief in 2012. Rosie and Daisy in 2013, Maki and Buttercup in 2014, Rocky Cupcake in 2015.
Spring calving time is a reminder of the wonder we feel at new birth — the circle of life — and is our favorite time of year.
This one-of-a-kind tour will be the highlight of your trip to Alaska. In the winter we’re the perfect addition to your evening Aurora Borealis/Northern Lights tour, in the summer a perfect beginning or end to your Alaska Cruise.
Fodor’s Choice – 2015 (we’re listed under “Boating”?)
Featured on Yahoo Travel December 2015.
Running Reindeer Ranch was featured in the November/December 2015 issue of Texas Journey Magazine.
Featured in book Alaska on the Go: Exploring the 49th State with Children
Running Reindeer Ranch was the 2013 winner of the Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau Jim and Mary Binkley Award for its creativity, innovation, courage and entrepreneurialism in the introduction of a new attraction for the benefit and enjoyment of visitors to Fairbanks!