Biking and Horseback Riding
A paved bike path parallels the Spur Road all the way to Talkeetna. Turn off onto gravel roads at Miles 3 and 12 for out-of-the-way lakes and camping spots. At Mile 13 is the big turnout with an interpretive sign on the Alaska Range and heart-stopping views—if the clouds are cooperating. Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge is on the opposite side of the road; stop in for the Mt. McKinley view from its Great Room even if you aren’t overnighting here.
D&S Alaskan Trail Rides (907/733-2205, www.alaskantrailrides.com) has wagon rides and guided horseback rides into the country around Talkeetna. Tour the kennels of Iditarod musher Jerry Sousa and take a cart ride behind a team of sled dogs at Sundog Racing Kennel (907/733-3355 or 800/318-2534, www.sundogkennel.com). Another Iditarod veteran, Randy Cummins of Huskytown Kennel (907/733-4759, www.huskytown.com), has similar summertime tours.
© Don Pitcher from Moon Alaska, 10th Edition