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Dog sledding in Vail, Colorado is a truly magical, unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Feel the rush of the sled and powerful pull of the team of Huskies as you glide through hushed Aspen glades and beautiful, snowy, rolling meadows with breathtaking views. Here is a list of local dogsled companies, complete with videos, that operate in and around Vail.
Perfect for the whole family, dog sledding is a great way to experience the wilderness and truly become immersed in the Colorado backcountry experience.
Dog sled tours generally run from December through April depending on snow conditions.
Most tours are either Guided, Drive-Your-Own-Team or a mix of the two.
Guided Tours – Perfect for those who want to sit back and enjoy the ride while letting a driver or “musher” stands behind you and control the team and sled while telling you about the dogs, the equipment and the beautiful environment that surrounds you.
Drive-Your-Own-Team Tours – Perfect for “hands on” experience. Get out there and try your hand at mushing your own team of dogs, so exhilarating!
Tours range from one hour, two hours, half-day, and full-day tours.
Most companies offers a photo package for an additional charge and/or offer lots of photo ops for you to capture your adventure.
Dog sledding can be cold, like, very cold, you must dress appropriately. Some outfitters may offer snowmobile suits for additional warmth but plan on dressing warmly in case they don’t offer this or don’t have your size.
Dog sledding is a once in a lifetime adventure, and it is not inexpensive, tour prices usually start around $200 per adult for a 2-hour tour. It is expensive but keep in mind that there is a lot of cost in regard to keeping and maintaining a dogsled operation.
For example, most outfitters only run 4 months per year, yet they need to provide the daily needs for all of their 60+ dogs year-round. Dogs require a safe and secure kennel, food, water, medications, waste removal, exercise love and care 365 days a year.
Mountain Mushers is the nearest dog sledding outfitter to Vail, Colorado and they have been running tours since 1989. They run on a beautiful, private trail in Wolcott about 20 miles west of Vail. The trail is adventurous and exhilarating and scenic and because it is private, it is free of snowmobiles or any other type of traffic except for other dog sleds. Seeing a sled pulled by a team of 10-12 huskies is an awesome sight to behold! These guided tour are exciting as the dogs run several parts of the trail and go up and down a mountain. Most dog sled companies use a flatter trail so the dogs just go at a fast walk through the entire trip. Mountain Mushers has been featured on Colorado Getaways, The Learning Channel, and The Today Show.
Two morning and afternoon tours are available daily. Tours include a break halfway through with hot drinks, snacks and great photo opportunities.
Winterhawk Dogsled Adventures is located in Leadville, CO so it is a little bit more of drive, but because they are located at a higher elevation, their dog sledding season is usually longer than here in the Vail Valley Pristine forests, panoramic views and tons of opportunities for your guide to teach you how to drive a sled of your own ensures you will love this unique experience
Along the trail, photographers will snap photos of you and the dogs with a backdrop of Mt. Elbert, the tallest peak in Colorado. These gorgeous pictures are the perfect souvenir to remember your adventure and share with friends! After your tour relax in their warm, cozy, furnished office and review your photos, while relaxing with a complimentary warm drink and snacks, and browse the gift shop area.
Good Tmes Adventures offer a unique and interactive type of dogsled tour. The Relay Tour can handle up to 6 people, and is run as a “relay” where guests switch off between running the dogs, riding in the dogsled, and riding on a small passenger sleigh with the guide.
The dogsled tour lasts about an hour, stopping along the way for everyone to trade places. The guests riding in the snowmobile sleigh can take great photos and video of those on the dog sled. Learn how to run a sled and how to drive the beautiful Siberian Huskies on your team.
Established in 1986, Good Times Adventures is the locals’ favorite and the #1 ranked activity in Breckenridge on TripAdvisor. Come enjoy the Thrill of Dog sledding! They are located in Breckenridge, Colorado and are the only snowmobile and dog sledding tour operator in Summit County. Their lodge is located just a few miles from downtown Breckenridge and is an easy drive from Vail or Beaver Creek.
Snow Buddy Sled Dog Adventures operates out of Dunckley Pass in the Little Flat Tops near Steamboat Springs, Colorado. They offer three unique adventures:
Alpine Adventures is located in Leadville, Colorado. They offer two types of tours; the Tag Sled Tour and the less expensive Group Tour.
Tag Sled Tours – One hour daily tours covers about 6 miles and can seat 1-4 people with a maximum weight limit of 600 lbs. Sleds are pulled by 10-12 dogs. The guide is on the front dogsled with up to 2 riders and the second dogsled will have one person driving and one person riding. You have the opportunity to drive, ride and control a larger team.
Group Dog Sled/Snowmobile Tours – Runs daily, with multiple departure times and covers about 6 miles and each sled can accommodate up to 6 adults. This tour is approximately $100 per adult and lasts about an hour. Sleighs pulled by the guide on a snowmobile are in front of the dog team. Sleds stop along the way to switch out drivers and riders so that all adults get an opportunity to drive the dog sled and ride in the basket.
After your dog sled ride, enjoy a 45-minute narrated kennel tour about
Be warned, once you spend the day learning how to drive a dog sled team you are going to go home and want to do this with your own medium to large-size dog. It’s just natural, and what’s awesome, is your dog will be up for it! So take your new-found dog sledding expertise and check out these dog joring items so you can safely ski or bike behind your own dog as they pull you! Have a blast!
Have you ever gone dog sledding in Vail, Colorado? What is your favorite memory about dog sledding? Have you ever had your own dog pull you on skis or on your bike? What advice would you give to people who want to go dog sledding or dog joring?