Rainy Pass Snowmobile Expedition

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Rainy Pass Snowmobile Expedition

Available: Feb – Mar (Next Availability March 7th – 11th)

Rates: $4525 per person

Head North into the Alaskan backcountry for the adventure of a lifetime. This limited and exclusive five-day adventure is perfect for groups of up to 10 people, an ideal getaway for couples or friends. An all-inclusive experience showcasing the best Alaskan backcountry in an accessible, safe, and progressive package scalable to your skills and abilities, (all equipment included).

Spend your days traversing some of the planet’s most uninhabited, historic places all along the Iditarod Trail. Snowmobiling, dog sledding, horse-drawn sledding, and ice fishing traveling to the States oldest hunting Lodge. Enjoy your nights under the Northern Lights, fireside, or in private lodges with the finest Alaskan Food included.

Our guides are all trained and experienced locals, this expedition may also be led by our six-time Iditarod veteran AJ. First-hand experience and knowledge of the terrain and its history. This is an unforgettable experience that will either build your existing skills or grow new ones, come join us on the adventure of a lifetime.

Tour Details

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A unique five-day Alaskan adventure. A blend of activities tailored for both beginners and experienced adventurers, led by our expert guides and Iditarod veterans.


  • Activities
    • 5-day Snowmobile Adventure
    • Dog Sledding
    • Ice Fishing
    • Horse Drawn Snow Sleds
    • Northern Lights
  • Equipment & Clothing
    • Snowsuits, Boots, Gloves, Neck Gaiter, Helmet, etc.
    • Snowmobiles & Fuel
  • Expert instruction & guidance for beginners to advanced riders.
  • Food & Lodging
  • Gratuity
  • Alcohol

Tour Dates & Times

If you are a single participant, please call to book.

Departs Weekly:

Available: Feb – Mar

Ages: 18+ 

NOTES: If anyone is not comfortable driving, they may ride as a passenger, discounts are not given to those who do not wish to drive. Drivers must be 18 years or older. 

Anchorage Shuttle +

Call to add an optional round-trip shuttle from Anchorage directly to our HQ for your adventure. Enjoy a hassle-free hotel pickup and drop-off, complete with stunning views along the way.

Travel to and from Anchorage, $100 per person, 2 person min.

Your adventure starts at Snowhook HQ in Willow, where we’ll hit the trails and venture high into the Talkeetna Mountains on snowmobiles. Whether you are a new or seasoned rider, this first day is an opportunity to ride the trails, play in the powder as well as experience the phenomenal views of Alaskan winter. This 24-mile trail ride to Snowhook Lodge is both a practical learning experience and an exciting exploration through the stunning Alaskan backcountry.

Snowhook Lodge and Cabins, nestled high in the Talkeetna Mountains, offer the perfect retreat after an exhilarating day. Our cabins are designed to blend comfort with the rustic charm of the Alaskan wilderness. As you settle in, the lodge becomes a hub of activity and relaxation. Hearty meals – breakfast and dinner – are served at the main lodge. The cabins at Snowhook provide you with a private, intimate space to unwind and reflect on the day’s adventures.

Evenings at Snowhook Lodge are about community and connection, enjoy swapping tales around the campfire, or head out and explore with snowshoes for the chance to see the Northern Lights.

For those needing to stay in touch with the outside world, our Starlink Wi-Fi ensures you’re connected, even in the remote wilderness. The lodge’s five private cabins, combined with the communal joy of lodge life, create an atmosphere that’s both welcoming and exhilarating. Snowhook Lodge offers an authentic Alaskan experience year-round.

Your second day starts with a hearty breakfast at Snowhook Lodge. We then will ride to Snowhook Kennels for an exciting dog sled experience. Along the way, we will take a breathtaking view of Denali and the Chugach Range in the distance.

Alaskan adventures’ true spirit is dog sledding, and Snowhook Adventure Guides of Alaska brings this experience to life. Our Huskies and expert Alaskan guides, are ready to take you into Alaska’s snow-covered backcountry. Whether you’re new to this or have explored snowy trails before, our guides tailor the experience to your skill level and comfort, ensuring an unforgettable adventure. Our dogs are more than just sled pullers; they’re a part of our family. Every husky, young or old, rescued or raised with us, has a lifelong home here, loved and cared for as part of the Snowhook family.

After Dog Sledding, we’ll head out on Snowmobiles to follow the Iditarod Trail. Our destination for the evening is Skwentna Roadhouse, a hidden gem nestled between the Yentna and Skwentna Rivers, 65 miles down the trail. This secluded lodge, a haven for adventure seekers for nearly 40 years, began as a schoolhouse in the late 1980s and transformed into a lodge at the turn of the century. The Roadhouse, is accessible only by snow machine, fat tire bike, boat, or aircraft, with the WWII-era runway in the front yard.

At Skwentna Roadhouse, comfort meets adventure. With the capacity to sleep 35 guests and a newly remodeled dining area seating 40, you’ll find warmth and camaraderie, whether you’re traveling alone or with a group. Upon arrival we will be met by the owner U.S. Army Veteran Cindi and her two friendly dogs at Skwentna Roadhouse, we will enjoy home-cooked quality Alaskan Food and Lodging under the Northern Lights.

As you leave Skwentna, the journey takes you deeper into the Alaska Range towards Rainy Pass. This 50+ mile route through the Alaska Range reveals the raw, unspoiled beauty of Alaska’s backcountry. The landscapes here are vast and varied, offering a glimpse into the untouched wilderness that makes this region so special.

After going through Happy River Valley and climbing up into the mountains near Denali. Today’s ride is a combination of the best parts of snowmobiling, from climbing hills and mountains to traveling through the more challenging parts of the Iditarod trail. This exciting ride is both scenic and adventurous, it will not disappoint you.

Arriving at Rainy Pass, you’re welcomed by the stunning surroundings of the Alaska Range. The Pass itself is an iconic location, known for its role in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and its rugged, natural beauty

Your accommodation at Rainy Pass is the Perrins Rainy Pass Lodge. This lodge, your ‘Cabin in the Woods’, is a perfect blend of rustic charm and modern comfort. Dating back to 1937, the primary log cabins on the property offer a historic and authentic Alaskan experience. The lodge sits on 5 acres of private land, enveloped by hundreds of miles of uninhabited state land, making it a truly secluded retreat. The property features 12 main buildings, including a handful of small sheds and service buildings, providing all the amenities needed for a comfortable stay. The lodge also operates 10 ‘OUT CAMPS’ off the property for those looking to explore further. These camps are used for various guest activities and hunting expeditions, offering an even deeper dive into the Alaskan wilderness.

Wake up at Rainy Pass Lodge on Puntilla Lake, a location that’s not just a peaceful retreat but also a hub of thrilling winter activities. Your stay at Rainy Pass Lodge, nestled in the heart of the Alaska Range and surrounded by pristine wilderness, is more than just a place to sleep. It’s an experience that combines the thrill of Alaska’s most famous races with the serene beauty of winter activities, all set against the backdrop of Puntilla Lake’s stunning scenery.

During your stay enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Climb aboard an antique, fully restored sleigh pulled by Norwegian Fjord horses. Enjoy a tranquil journey through spruce trees, listening to the gentle sounds of snow and horse hooves, a stark contrast to snowmobiles. This scenic ride, typically accommodating two or three people, offers a chance to step back in time and savor the tranquility of Alaska’s winter landscape.

Ice fishing gives you the chance to catch Arctic Char, Grayling, or Rainbow Trout. A video camera is set down the hole, allowing you to watch the underwater action on a screen. Comfort is key; with a tent to keep the wind at bay and a heater to warm you up. Try your hand at beating the record catch of a 22.5″ Arctic Char!

Rainy Pass is a checkpoint for both the Iditarod and Iron Dog, the world’s longest Dog Sled and Snowmobile races respectively.

Your final day is a testament to how far you’ve come. It’s a day to put your newfound skills to the test on the longest uninterrupted stretch of snowmobile riding yet. As you navigate through Alaska’s breathtaking landscapes, From the Northern Lights and the Alaska Range to the wide-open expanses of the Talkeetna Mountains, to the dense forests near Willow. Feel the rush of freedom and mastery over your snowmobile, this journey isn’t just about the thrill of speed; it’s a celebration of the skills you’ve developed and the unforgettable experiences you’ve had.

As you approach Snowhook HQ, the adventure comes full circle. You’re greeted by the excited barks and wagging tails of the sled dogs and puppies you met on day two. Their energy is a heartwarming welcome back to civilization, reminding you of the experiences you’ve had – from serene sled dog rides to the adrenaline of snowmobiling. This return to Snowhook HQ isn’t just an end to your journey; it’s a reminder of the connections made. We often say “Arrive as strangers, leave as friends”, this expedition is the perfect example of this.


Our Alaska cabins, including those at Snowhook Lodge, Skwentna Roadhouse and Rainy Pass Lodge offer comfortable, cozy lodging with all modern amenities, reflecting the rustic charm of Alaska.

Yes, our tour includes ice fishing experiences where you can fish for Rainbow Trout and Arctic Char in some of the best ice fishing lakes in Alaska.

Absolutely! Beginners are welcome and will be guided by experienced mushers, ensuring a safe and enjoyable dog sledding experience.

Yes, our tour includes a magical ride on horse-drawn sleds, a unique way to enjoy Alaska’s winter landscape.

We provide all necessary snowmobiling gear, including helmets and safety equipment, to ensure a thrilling yet safe ride on the Iditarod trail.

While we can’t guarantee visibility, our tour is scheduled during a prime time for Northern Lights viewing, especially at our overnight lodge stays.

Our Iditarod experience is designed for participants 18 and older, but we do offer other Alaska family vacation packages suitable for children.

We recommend bringing warm layers and waterproof clothing; however, we provide all fishing equipment and gear.

The horse sled ride is a serene, hour-long journey through the scenic trails near Rainy Pass Lodge, offering a peaceful way to explore the Alaskan wilderness.

Participants should be in good physical health to enjoy the activities fully, especially the snowmobiling and dog sledding portions.

Yes, we cater to various dietary needs. Please inform us in advance, and we will ensure your dietary requirements are met during your stay.

We have a flexible cancellation policy, but for full details, please refer to our terms and conditions on the booking page.

Additional Information

The Iditarod, Alaska’s premier sled dog race, presents an awe-inspiring blend of culture, history, and adventure. This legendary race, often starting in Anchorage and ending in Nome, is not just about the mushers and their dog teams; it’s a celebration of Alaska’s rich heritage. The Iditarod Trail Alaska, stretching across rugged terrains, offers a glimpse into the state’s spirit. For those interested in the historical aspects of the race, the Iditarod Historic Trail Alliance provides extensive information on the trail’s significance and legacy.

In addition to the excitement of the Iditarod race, visitors can explore other winter activities that Alaska has to offer. From horse-drawn sled rides through snowy landscapes to the thrill of exploring the wilderness on a snowmobile, there’s an adventure for everyone. For a deeper understanding of the race and its importance, consider exploring Iditarod tours that offer unique insights into the world of dog sledding and the race’s impact on Alaskan culture. These tours often include visits to key locations along the trail, such as Iditarod Wasilla, and encounters with veteran mushers who share personal stories and experiences of participating in the race.