Behold the Beauty of the Boreal Forest

With a Guided Tour or a Stay at the Reindeer Haus

If you’re looking for the best things to do in Fairbanks, Alaska, look no further than Running Reindeer Ranch! We offer guided walking tours of the boreal forest with our reindeer friends. Watch them leap and bound among the trees or stroll lazily alongside our group, and get ready to learn the ins and outs of adapting to the polar climate. Can’t get enough of our furry friends? We also offer lodging at the Reindeer Haus, an aptly named chalet with porch views of the Alaskan Range. Check out our offerings below for more information, and make the most of your Fairbanks vacation!

Group of several people feeding reindeer
Chalet-style house in the middle of winter
Close up of a reindeer face with people doing yoga poses in the background

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Why Choose Running Reindeer Ranch?

Alaskan Experts

Jane has lived in Alaska her whole life, and Doug moved here back in 1978. Together, they have a combined 75 years of experience in Fairbanks and can help you discover the area’s best dining, lodging, and entertainment.

Totally Unique

There’s nothing else like the Ranch anywhere in Fairbanks, let alone the state of Alaska! Our Reindeer Walks offer a hands-on experience with one of nature’s most mythical animals.

Media Recognitions

We’ve been featured in publications like Fodor’s Choice, the Washington Post, and Yahoo Travel. Samantha Brown even named us on her list of five Alaskan must-sees!

Tales from the Herd

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Reindeer in Winter
What You Should Know About Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
The Ranches famous cookies
Doug, Jane, Neill, Robin, and Anya

Fun with Doug and Jane

Meet the Minds Behind the Ranch

Running Reindeer Ranch got its start after a request from Doug and Jane’s daughter Robin for a horse. When Jane turned down this idea (due to practical concerns, of course), Robin moved on to asking for goats or sheep. Finally, the family compromised on an animal better suited for the Arctic: reindeer. The first two reindeer, Ruby and Moon, became part of the family in October 2007 — and the rest is history!

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Alaska Travel Industry Association
Explore Fairbanks

Tie the Knot at Running Reindeer Ranch

If you want to put a unique spin on your wedding, celebrate your big day at Running Reindeer Ranch. Jane is a certified State of Alaska Marriage Commissioner, and she would be happy to marry you! Get married in the beautiful boreal forest, or celebrate with an indoor ceremony at the Reindeer Haus. The best part? One of our reindeer can even act as your ring bearer!

Can’t Get Enough of Reindeer? Check Out Our Instagram

Reposted from @alexandra_dances concert with @runningreindeer ! What an experience! I performed with #dancer and #prancer 🤣☘️💚
#irishdance #slipjig #reindeer

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Reposted from @emkarkins This gig will be hard to forget!🦌🎅🏻🥰 Thank you @runningreindeer for taking a chance and for pulling this together!🥰
#musicinthewilderness #irishmusic #irishfiddle #fiddle #reindeer #reindeerranch #musicforanimals #travel #fairbanksalaska #alaska #adventuretime

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Our First Music with Reindeer features Fairbanks own Caitlin Warbelow and Friends. Space is limited to 20 parking spots, so book a parking spot plus a driver and fill your car (riders pay (all proceeds go to Tune Supply, $20 suggested donation) when they arrive). Bring a chair or a blanket and beverage, and we'll see you Friday, July 30 at 7:30. (We know, short notice, but that's the way reindeer fly).

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#musicwithreindeer #tunesupply #reindeer #livemusic #reindeerlove #traditionalmusic #fiddleingaround

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Stay Tuned to this space. This Friday night, July 30, at 7:30, Music with Reindeer a benefit for Tune Supply. More details and ticket information real soon!

This is a fundraiser for @tunesupply 's learning program. Tune Supply is an online music platform which Fairbanks's own Broadway violinist/fiddler @caitlinwarbelow and her partner @chrisranney founded the day after their Broadway show shut down, in an attempt to help keep musicians working, and the traditional music community connected from afar.
Tune Supply has put over $150k into the pockets of musicians who lost nearly all work during the pandemic. Their next project is to produce a free series of instructional videos for those learning traditional music around the world.
Tune Supply is run entirely through community contributions. To contribute, visit All of Tune Supply's offerings are free, and can be found at

This concert features @Caitliwarbelow from Fairbanks and NYC on fiddle, @alan.g.murray from Scotland and Boston on guitar and vocals, @james.yoshizawa from LA on bodhran/bones, @eimeararkins from Ireland and St. Louis on fiddle/vocals, and dancer @alexandra.williamson.37 from New Jersey.

#reindeerlove #reindeer #fiddlingaround #music #musicwithreindeer #fairbanks #alaska #explorefairbanks#runningreindeerranch #traditionalmusic

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