Ride and Raft – van Nieuwkoop Custom

Ride and Raft – van Nieuwkoop Custom


July 10, 2017 - July 17, 2017


Alaska Range





July 10, 2017 - July 17, 2017


Alaska Range



Ride into the heart of the Alaska Range and then raft out! We have the ultimate week-long adventure planned for your family. Sturdy Alaskan horses meet us near the spine of the Alaska Range. From there we ride and deeper into the mountains camping with flowers all around. Mid-way through the trip we say goodbye to the horses and wranglers, trade riding gear for life jackets, and launch into the swift glacial current.


Last updated: October 9, 2017


What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.

July 9

Meet in Fairbanks at 4 pm for a pre-trip meeting at the Arctic Wild World Headquarters.


July 10

Drive from Fairbanks south to Denali National Park where we meet the horses and wranglers. After a safety talk we head into the mountains and after a 1/2 day ride we make camp in the mountains.

July 11 - 13

Ride through the central Alaska Range covering about 8 miles each day.We have about 25 miles to cover. Most of the route is along river bottoms and gravel bars but there are some tight sections and a pass to negotiate where we may walk the horses. In addition to saddle time, there will be time to hike and relax each day. Cowboy camping is living the high-life: meals cooked on an open fire and items we would never be able bring on a backpacking trip.

July 14

We will inflate the rafts and launch into the current. The valley here is narrow and spectacular. When we spin the raft in the current we can see glacier capped peaks in all directions. The river is small and braided which will keep us busy steering and paddling to make it down safely.

July 15- 16

Two full days on the river. The Wood River grows with the addition of side creeks and becomes easier to negotiate. As we paddle north, the mountains grow smaller and the sky opens large overhead. As we get near the take-out we emerge into the Tanana Flats and can look back at the impressive peaks of the Alaska Range, with Denali to the west and the twin peaks of Deborah and Hayes to the east.

July 17

Pack-up and await the airplane. It is a short flight back to Fairbanks and we ought to arrive mid-afternoon.

Such a joy to spend days where time was meaningless.  A wonderful adventure and I would like to return next year for a longer, more challenging trip.

You mentioned to me in an email that you have terrific guides - you do indeed.  Dave is a superb guide. He is personable, knowledgeable about the Arctic, and has excellent group management skills. I appreciated the time he spent teaching me to read the map, which is not easy without trails.   He allowed Adrian and me to hike at our own pace and he encouraged all of us to explore the area surrounding our campsites. I know the others would concur in my praise.

- Sandra, California, USA



Round-trip airfare from Fairbanks

Food while in the wilderness, stoves, cooking & eating utensils

Water filter, base camp tent

Safety & repair gear

Professional guide service

Horses, rafts, and big wilderness

Select rental equipment


Non-camp lodging

Non-camp meals

Personal clothing and gear

Fishing license and fishing gear

Gratuity for guide(s)


Temperatures vary dramatically in the Alaska. July is usually mild and warm,and the north-side of the Alaska Range can get very hot. That said, but it could be cool and rainy so be prepared for anything.  Temperatures will range from the 20s to 80s. Snow is possible any day of the year, but we get lots of sunny weather this time of the year. Mosquitoes should not be an issue but bring a mosquito head net and a small bottle of DEET repellent just in case.


Alaska reading is available from our Bookstore.

"The wilderness was spectacular, the leadership perfect."
"I am just finishing my tenth trip with you guys. As always, the trip was more than I expected and I had a great time. See you next year!"
"Of all outfitters with whom we have worked (and that is quite a number), you were by far the most organized and responsive."
"That feeling of wide open wonder, the possibilities for nearly limitless wandering, and the image of those proud caribou...that will stay with me a long time"
"Our guide was an encyclopedia on legs. He was always willing and ready to teach, to talk, to listen, to do another hike, or to lie low in camp if we were beat. He truly gave us the trip we wanted!"
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