River, Rail & Trail

This tour incorporates a train ride, a visit to Curry, a ride on a jet boat and the 1/4 mile nature walk at our adventure site. Guests will board the Alaska Railroad Gold Star Train at the Talkeetna depot around 11 am along with a Mahay’s naturalist, who will be accompanying them throughout the tour.

There will be a light refreshments provided at Curry. Any and all guests are welcome to bring food along on the train.


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Duration:
4 hours
Pricing:
Adult (13 and older) – $165
Child (2 – 12 years) – $124
Infant (under 2) – Free
Availability:
May 29- September 4 SAT, SUN, TUE, THUR
Departures:
11:00 am
Additional Information:

**Check in time:** 11 am at Talkeetna Depot

**Please dress warmly and wear comfortable walking shoes for the nature walk. Be sure to bring your camera to capture this amazing experience.**

Prices are subject to change and a fuel charge may be added.

 

Enjoy a trip aboard two of Alaska’s greatest forms of transportation and learn local history along the way. You will begin your trip in Talkeetna, where you will board the Hurricane Turn train, one of America’s oldest flag stop trains. You and your naturalist will travel to the historic town of Curry which was the halfway stop between Seward and Fairbanks during the two-day steam train trip and a very popular resort in the early 1900’s. While at the Curry site, you will be given a tour of the historic town site, where the once grand Curry Hotel (built in 1923) stood. After your tour of the historic town site, you will board a jet boat, enjoy a refreshment and beverage and travel down the Susitna River, to a ¼ mile nature walk. Here, you will learn of the earliest settlers in the area, the trapper and the Dena’ina Indians. Along this trail, you will learn how each group lived and survived in a very basic and rustic manner. Your Naturalist will also teach you about some of the local flora and fauna. Once you have learned of the early settlers, you will again board a jet boat for your travel back the Talkeetna.

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SessaBocasconsin
SessaBocasconsin
2020-09-08
Riding a Rocket Ship on Water We took the incredible jet boat tour down the Susitna River through Devils Canyon and the rapids. It was truly an Alaskan adventure full of adrenaline! Israel Mahay was our captain and guide, and he made this adventure one of the top highlights of our trip to Alaska. His father started the company, and Israel has been driving these boats since he was a child. Because he grew up in the area, he was also quite the charming and competent historian. His passion for Alaska was apparent throughout the four hours we spent with him, and he is incredible at handling this seven or eight ton boat. The scenery is beyond belief, and Israel was able to bring us to locations where the salmon were spawning to watch this incredible process. This is a very fast-paced adventure, and not fit for those who want a slow and calming boat ride. The boat travels at very high speeds, and you do go down a series of class three rapids near Devils Canyon. Israel also delighted us with a few unexpected and fast-paced 360 degree turns. I was also comforted by the fact that he had a large loaded shot gun when we stopped on the bank of the river for a bathroom break, "just in case a grizzly bear wanted to get to know us while we were in the woods." Wear warm clothing and bring gloves, as it does get very cold when you are on the river. You will not be disappointed with this incredible experience in the Alaskan wilderness!
lrgreg735
lrgreg735
2020-08-22
Jet boat tour Do to all the Covid regulations going around we were on our own tour and it was fantastic! We did the trip up to disappointment river which was a fun and exciting trip. We passed through rough water and some rapids that would bounce the boat. The Captain was nice and knew what he was doing, could tell he has been a captain for many years. I will probably butcher his name but if you can have Elijah as a captain I would.
becki907
becki907
2020-07-25
Wow! What a great activity! Our captain was super friendly and quick as a whip. Our ride was so fun, we asked for the “oh my God we’re going to die” ride. We were not disappointed! Beautiful day to go out, great captain, reasonably priced. We will definitely do this again.
Michael K
Michael K
2020-07-21
Talkeetna Canyon Tour Sandi arranged the Talkeetna Canyon Tour and Curtis was the boat pilot. Both were extremely helpful and professional, giving us the advice we needed for what would work best for us. We left Talkeetna and took a boat tour that was about an hour out and an hour back plus a short time for resting once we got there. The time was perfect-just long enough to enjoy the experience but not so long that everyone started to lose interest. The jet boat went about 30 mph and was great fun turning among the twists and turns of the river and obstacles. We had a great time in Alaska and Mahay's was among the top experiences we had.
WV_Wanderers
WV_Wanderers
2020-07-18
Fantastic Jet boat Tour My wife and I took the Talkeetna Canyon tour and had a blast! The owner, Israel, was our captain and did a wonderful job of navigating the boat and explaining the various features we saw along the river. He made our journey both exciting and interesting since our ride was part nature tour and part thrill ride as we powered up and down the Talkeetna River rapids! We would definitely do this again when visiting the area. Next time, hopefully they will be able to offer the Devil's Canyon tour which is supposed to be out-of-this-world.
S M Bickman
S M Bickman
2020-07-08
Fabulous trip into Talkeetna Canyon We had a great trip on the Talkeetna Canyon tour. Glad to see that trip addition back on the "menu" of trips this year. We have been going with Mahays for over 20 years and they never disappoint. We had not done this trip and was glad we had the option this year. Captain Israel and August were great a great crew, we had a blast!!
DebbieK99
DebbieK99
2019-12-28
Highlight of Our Trip Our entire family of 8 (ranging in age from 14 - 75) thoroughly enjoyed our day on the rivers with Mahay Jet Boat! The scenery, stories, hike, and even lunch were really great. My 75-year-old father in law continues to talk about this day as the highlight of his two weeks in Alaska.
Dave B
Dave B
2019-12-07
Great Excursion This was one of our Princess Excursions. Great choice. Boat pilot and guide were very. Informative polite. The guide gave us a wonder side trip ashore to see an old trapper site. Everything was great. We would highly recommend.
Mark W
Mark W
2019-10-02
Loved the indian villages A fun tour on a beautiful river. We loved the short little hike to the recreated indian villages and the delightful attitude of the guide as well as our pilot on the boat. Highly recommend this one.
Viajeros, no turistas
Viajeros, no turistas
2019-09-24
Claramente prescindible Sencillamente no vale la pena. Un paseo por el río con paradas poco significativas y un paseo por el bosque incluido que podría haber sido mucho más atractivo a nivel de explicación de fauna y flora, por ejemplo. El único aractivo claro es navegar con el monte Denali al fondo, muy al fondo, pero para eso hay otros tours y otras ocasiones

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