About us

Downtown Anchorage 1 Hour Ride


Our History


The Horse-Drawn Carriage Company began offering carriage rides downtown Anchorage in the fall of 1983.

Mayor Tony Knowles, and Kate Gillespie, Chairperson Urban Design Commission, presented The Horse-Drawn Carriage Company with the Beautification award from the Municipality of Anchorage’s Mayor’s Beautification Task Force and Urban Design Commission on September 11, 1985.

The Downtown Anchorage Heart of the City Award, presented by Downtown Anchorage Association and Sponsored by the Anchorage Daily News, was awarded in 1995.

We are a member of CONA, Carriage Operators of North America, since 1994.


The Carriage Wheel Ranch in Chugiak, Alaska is the Home of the “Gentle Giants”


With over 20 years in business, the Horse-Drawn Carriage Co. offers a unique experience with a truly Alaskan flavor. The Carriage Wheel Ranch is next to a rushing glacier stream called Peters Creek – just off North Birchwood Loop in Chugiak. When visiting the home of the “Gentle Giants” you can personally meet the horses.  Click to view map.

View the Gentle Giants on Indie Alaska


Alaskan Treasure

The Horse Drawn Carriage Company was selected as one of the 55 Alaska Treasures in Alaska Magazine. From one of the readers:

 ”Congratulations on being in Alaska Magazine.  As I shared with you, I will be sure to have that here and I would make sure every concierge downtown knows what you offer and how special it is, and to recommend it to their guests.    Page 48 AK Mag.” 55 Tucked – Away AlaskaTreasures.”


Gentle Giants Fan T-Shirts


Show you have personally befriended the Gentle Giants: Bob, Bud, Bill, Dan, Barney, and Jack with our  T-shirts, short sleeves in red.
Youth- S, M, L
Adult- S, M, L, XL, XXL
$ 25.00 – Youth | $ 28.00 – Adult
Contact Jon Nauman:  CALL NOW 688-6005

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Curious about the ranch? Take a peek through our live webcam.

The image stream is updated every other second. Great to see what’s going on at the ranch throughout the year. Click here to view the webcam. On the left of the screen you will see the barn, and the image to the right is the adjacent view of the arena.


 Equine Assisted Therapy


Rainbow-Connection-August-2Horses from the Horse-Drawn Carriage Co are part of the equine-assisted activities and therapies.  Equine Assisted Therapy Alaska offers a number of equine-assisted activities and therapies, including therapeutic riding, hippotherapy, equine-facilitated mental
health, competition, ground work and stable management. In current development are programs designed to assist wounded warriors, military groups, families, business groups and foster care/ residential treatment facilities. We are also working to develop a Therapeutic Driving program.

Our Bud pulling the Rainbow Connection  special equipped carriage for challenged  drivers. Click to enlarge the image.



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