Donald Trump Jr. visited Alaska’s backcountry this past summer for a guided hunting trip at the historic Rainy Pass Lodge, situated about 125 air miles northwest of Anchorage.

While many people think of former President Donald Trump and his family as real estate moguls and political powers, the former president’s two sons – Don and Eric – are also hunters and outdoorsmen.

Donald Trump Jr., like many avid hunters before him, has argued that a vibrant U.S. hunting culture is key to connecting Americans to the outdoors and instilling a passion to protect these spaces for future hunters and outdoorsmen.

On Oct. 20, the Rainy Pass Lodge’s Facebook page posted photos of Donald Trump Jr. hunting, fishing and horseback riding in some of Alaska’s most rugged and beautiful landscapes.

“We were honored to hunt with Donald Trump Jr this year!” the lodge noted on Oct. 20. “He is a driven hunter and a true sportsman who enjoys spending time in God’s country. He is a nice guy and was really fun to have in camp! We can’t wait for more adventures with him; thank you Don Jr. for spending time at our Lodge and enjoying this beautiful land with us!”

Rainy Pass Lodge is Alaska’s oldest hunting and recreation lodge. Nestled amid the Alaska Range, it provides hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing, horseback riding, sightseeing and other activities such as weddings and family reunions.

Guided hunts have occurred at the site since the 1920’s but the lodge was officially founded in 1937 by Bud Branham, a legend among Alaska’s Master Guides. Vern Humble owned and operated the lodge from 1977 until it was purchased by Steve and Denise Perrins in 2003. With the help of their five boys and their families, the Perris have kept the lodge operating as a premiere hunting base.

The lodge was commemorated by the Alaska State Legislature in 2012 as it has been a hunting lodge since before Alaska was a State.

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Donald Trump, Jr. was in Alaska for hunting trip at historic Rainy Pass Lodge

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Lucinda says:

    Oh Gawd. I have reservations for a lodge stay next June. Definitely going to cancel. A friend of Trump can’t be trusted.

  • Jen says:

    He should just buy a home here, since he likes its environment. Then maybe it’ll encourage more Trumpers to move into Alaska and more likeminded voters can help us improve Alaska with Republican patriots but also more Christian Republicans if they all can endure Alaska’s hotmess we got ourselves into.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    I hope that Trumps had a great time while here! Love the idea of hunting while on horse. We used to see the horse ranches on the Denali Hwy and always thought that would be beautiful country to ride through!. Sounds like a fun trip!

  • Shelia says:

    Always glad to see anyone enjoying Alaska. It remains a land without equal anywhere in the world. As someone who was a cow hand when I was young, I can relate to riding through the open country and enjoying the scenery as I was hunting cattle to bring them in. Riding through some of the country around the Denali highway has to be a real treat. Anytime you are in the back country it fills you with awe and life.