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Alaska Horsemen Trail Adventures was established in Cooper Landing in 1997 by Alex Kime and his daughter Gretchen.  Alex has been exploring the Kenai Peninsula by horseback for over thirty years.  They offer a guiding and packing service throughout the Chugach National Forest and the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.   Their lodge in Cooper Landing offers cabin rentals in a serene pioneer setting, horseback riding adventures, group retreats, and much more.


Alex moved to Alaska from Oregon in 1963 at age 12.  The following year he experienced the Great Alaska Earthquake.  In the 70’s he drove truck on the Haul Road and helped build the Great Alaska Pipeline to Prudhoe Bay.  In the 80’s he bought his first horse Cyrano, and together they explored the back country of the Kenai Mountains.   Alex’s passion is sharing the beauty of the backcountry on the historical trails of the natives and pioneers.  Alaska Horsemen is named after the packers that pioneered the Tustumena and Kenai Mountains by horseback.  Join us for an authentic adventure and you too, can be one of the “Alaska Horsemen”


Our passion is exploring the Kenai Peninsula by horseback, and when you visit it won’t take long for our love of the Alaskan wilderness to rub off on you as well.  We’ll make sure of it!



Our ranch has been featured on:

  • Vogue Magazine, “7 Epic Horseback Excursions for the Equine Enthusiast”

  • Country Music’s “Hit Trip”

  • Fox’s “Bachelorettes in Alaska”

  • Larry Csonka’s “North to Alaska Show”

  • Paul Gray’s “The Alaska show”

  • “Equitreking” with Darley Newman

  • And last but not least, we were chosen “Outstanding Business in Tourism” on the Kenai Peninsula in 2002!


Since moving to Alaska at the age of 12, Alex has been exploring the back country of the Kenai Mountains.  His wife Sherry and daughter Gretchen share that same passion, and together they’ve created a truly unique horseback excursion and guest ranch experience.  Today their team of helping hands play hard and work hard to make sure you have the time of your life!

Alex Kime - Owner



Alex is the heart and soul of the ranch.  Having explored historic trails of the natives and pioneers that once lived here, he’s the perfect host and guide for your Alaskan adventure.

Sherry Kime - Owner



In addition to helping the ranch operations, Sherry is a full-time archaeologist, well versed in the amazing native history of the area.  A chat with her will be worth the trip!

Gretchen Kime - Operator



Born and raised in Alaska, she’s happiest in the mountains in God’s country. Gretchen has been running strings of horses in the backcountry and packing for hunters since before she could walk and talk! She loves to share Alaskan beauty, her horses, adventure and the wilderness with her guests.

Joey - Trail Guide


Trail Guide

With three years guiding trail rides and a background in guiding wilderness expeditions, he loves to work with youth groups and to be out in the mountains. He takes good care of his guests on and off the trail. Ask him to play the banjo!

Randy - Trail Guide

Trail Guide

A seasoned Kansas cowboy!   After years of working on ranches in the states, he’s finally living his lifelong dream of wrangling horses in Alaska.  You’re in good hands with Randy guiding the trip!

Samantha - Youth Camp, Events


Youth Camp/Events

A seasoned cowgirl with Idaho roots, this is her 7th year working at the ranch.  She does it all, and she does it with her new baby girl in tow.  She’s our resident expert for youth camps and group events.

Brook - Horse Farrier

Horse Farrier

Born and raised in Alaska, you’ll have a tough time finding a better cowboy for farrier work and running a pack string.  If you hear a harmonica playing around a campfire deep in the wilderness it’s Brook!

Rebecca - Wrangler


After three years here at the ranch, Rebecca has become our indispensable horse hand and gracious host. She’s a fun guide and loves to share her knowledge about the medicinal and edible flora along the trail. She’s a great cook and host around the campfire.

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