Every year, beginning the first Saturday in March, over fifty dog teams race along this trail in what is called the "Last Great Race." Conditions along the trail can vary from surprisingly spring-like weather to interior Alaska temperatures of -30 degrees Fahrenheit with coastal blizzards that bring winds of up to 60 miles an hour. The trail crosses the austere beauty of the Alaska Range into the remote interior of Alaska, passing through several native villages separated by hundreds of miles of wilderness.

The Iditarod Dog Sled Race stops at Rainy Pass Lodge using it as one of its main check points. Over 70 teams race more than eleven hundred miles from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. Rainy Pass Lodge is located on the historic Iditarod Trail 125 miles Northwest of Anchorage in a pristine and dramatic landscape. Visitors enjoy interacting with the dogs and mushers as they feed and tend to the needs of the dogs. Or you can just lounge in the main Lodge and watch the dog teams through large picture windows as they charge back into the grueling and infamous Iditarod race. Depart Talkeetna around 9am, returning around 6pm. Meals not included.

Note: This replaces Day 4 of the itinerary. You will have another opportunity to snowmachine on Day 8.

Itinerary for this Day

  • 9 - 10:00 am depart from Talkeetna for Rainy Pass Lodge

  • 5 - 6:00 pm return from Rainy Pass Lodge to Talkeetna

2019 Tour Cost

TOUR DATE: Monday, March 6, 2018

TOUR COST: $925 per person. (Limited Availability - Book Early)

CANCELLATION POLICY: A MasterCard or Visa is required to make your reservation online. Your card will be charged when you book your trip. We require at least 90 days notice for cancellations otherwise a cancellation fee of 50% may be charged. No-shows or cancellations with less than 72 hours notice will not be eligible for a refund.
Late arrivals that miss the departure will be considered a No-Show.

WINTER GEAR RENTAL: Anyone visiting Alaska in the winter time should bring a warm hat, gloves, neck scarf, and a heavy coat.  Layering is the best way to keep warm in Alaska.  A light weight thermal with a fleece and a loose fitting jacket is recommended.  Please refer to our "What to Wear Winter Guide" by clicking the link below. In Anchorage, 6th Avenue Outfitters rents insulated snow type pants, parkas with hoods, and boots.  We do not guarantee availability or sizing.  There are no reservations on garments and it is first come-first serve. Please call 6th Avenue Outfitters for availability.