Reindeer Walks

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Looking for a unique attraction in Fairbanks, Alaska? Join us on an immersive reindeer walk through a magical birch forest! Jane, a lifelong Alaskan, will lead you as you walk alongside our furry friends. Get ready to play reindeer games while observing the adaptations that make reindeer ideal for Arctic living. After the hour-long walk, we’ll learn a bit more about reindeer while enjoying homemade cookies and drinks.

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The Basics

An Overview of the Tour


Adults: $85 to $120 varies seasonally.

Children: $50 to $90

Prices vary. Please see our online calendar for exact pricing information.

Meeting Point

Running Reindeer Ranch
1470 Ivans Alley
Fairbanks, AK 99709


Open all year. Please see our online calendar for availability.


2 – 2.5 hours

Group Size

Min. 4, Max. 22


  • Natural History Walking tour with Reindeer
  • Post-walk cookies & drinks

What to Bring

  • In summer Light boots or walking shoes
  • In winter Heavy boots, snow boots or Mukluks, warm mittens and hats
  • Weather-appropriate clothing!
  • Hand warmers
  • Cameras
  • Mosquito repellant (in the spring and summer)

To be prepared for the cold, we recommend renting gear from Alaska Element. They’ll deliver a package of boots, snow pants, and a jacket to your hotel or airport for only $30/day.

Discover Our Reindeer, from Head to Hoof

This one-of-a-kind tour will be the highlight of your trip to Fairbanks, Alaska. Join us (and our reindeer!) on a guided nature walk through the taiga. After a brief safety talk, we’ll teach you about the natural history of our boreal forest, as well as about the reindeer themselves. Watch the reindeer as they leap and frolic through the woods, roaming freely alongside us. Each walk is a unique experience that changes based on the season, trail conditions, and the reindeers’ moods.

After the walk, tour our organically grown perennial and vegetable gardens (in warmer seasons) and enjoy light refreshments while carrying on the conversation.

This nature walk features uneven terrain, so good walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing are required. Our reindeer are tame but not trained, so sometimes they decide to take a route not planned for. Bring your cameras, and expect the unexpected!

Frequently Asked Questions

We know travel plans change, and sometimes it is necessary to cancel your visit. Because of this, we will issue a full refund if you cancel your reservation at least 48 hours before your scheduled tour, no questions asked. Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds for cancellations made after this period. Please see our cancellation policy for more details.

While we’ve done walks in -50 degree Fahrenheit weather, we understand that it’s not for everyone. For this reason, if it’s colder than -20 Fahrenheit and you won’t be comfortable, please let us know as early as possible so that we can issue a full refund. Typically, we only cancel tours if there is inclement weather like icy rain. In rare cases such as these, you would receive a full refund.

While Alaska is known for its cold temperatures, the most important thing to keep in mind is staying very dry. We recommend wearing light boots or walking shoes until you go outside and then changing to warmer boots. Otherwise, your feet will get too hot, sweat, and then be wet and cold once we’re outdoors.

We also recommend getting hand warmers. Open them up about 20 minutes before you need them, shake them, and let them warm up to the air. When you are done, you can reuse them by closing them in an airless plastic bag. They are good for about 6 hours of use that way.

To be prepared for the cold, we recommend renting gear from Alaska Element. They’ll deliver a package of boots, snow pants, and a jacket to your hotel or airport for only $30/day.

In the summer, we recommend wearing socks, long-sleeved shirts, and long pants, as the mosquitos can be relentless.

If they let you, go ahead! However, please keep in mind that while our reindeer are tame, they are not trained.

The walking distance itself is not long, and the trail has numerous benches along the way. However, you will be outside for over an hour. For this reason, we highly recommend you come prepared for the cold or wet weather and dress accordingly.

We come recommended by Alaska on the Go: Exploring the 49th State with Children by Erin Kirkland. However, all kids are different. Much of the tour is language intensive, and kids aren’t always interested in that. And for some, the tour is too long. If you do decide to bring your kids, please keep in mind that they must be supervised at all times. In addition, children under 3 must be in a backpack carrier for their safety.


The tour really isn’t for toddlers. It is long, the weather may be bad, there may be too much talking and running reindeer. If you just want to see reindeer there are probably better places to go. But remember if you do decide to bring your toddlers, please keep in mind that they must be supervised at all times. In addition, children under 3 must stay in a backpack carrier for their safety.

Still Have Questions?

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Other Important Details

  • The ranch is also our home, so we, unfortunately, cannot accept walk-ins. Our tours are available by reservation only and can be booked online(opens in a new tab). For same-day booking, please check online(opens in a new tab) to see if spots are still available, then call us at 1-907-455-4998 and leave a message.
  • For safety purposes, children must be supervised by an adult at all times. Children under 3 must be in a backpack carrier.
  • Before the tour we are busy haltering reindeer, making cookies, and performing magic, so we cannot always accommodate early visitors. Therefore we may ask you to wait in your car while we finish preparing for your tour.
  • We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee! If you are not completely satisfied after the walk, we will graciously offer you a refund.

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