Dog Sledding in the Rockies

When I first moved to Denver in 2000, I had no idea that there was dog sledding in Colorado. I had always associated the sport with Alaska, but as it turns out, you can enjoy this exhilarating activity across the Rocky Mountains.

As a childhood fan of the Iditarod, I had always wanted to go dog sledding. My first experience was at Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park several winters ago. It did not disappoint.

There are several dog sledding outfitters in Colorado including two in Grand County. Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park is just fifteen minutes outside of town and is open year-round. During the summer their dogs pull carts.

Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park has about seven miles of trail on their property, and they use around five miles per trip. The scenery is gorgeous; we wound through pine tree-filled forests and wide open spaces.

This week we’re heading to Snow Mountain Ranch near Winter Park, Colorado, and dog sledding is on the agenda. They have several different types of dog sledding excursions to choose from. Their standard rides, on Monday and Saturday mornings, are available to anyone, but their longer, Friday-morning outings are for guests only.

One of two YMCA of the Rockies properties in Colorado, Snow Mountain Ranch is an all-inclusive way to experience the Rocky Mountains and offers a variety of lodging options and activities. Plus, their cabins, yurts, and campgrounds are dog-friendly.

Jackson Hole’s Continental Dog Sled Adventures operates tours in Jackson Hole and the Greater Yellowstone Region.

Owned and operated by Billy Snodgrass, a third-generation Wyoming native and veteran Iditarod competitor, excursions at Continental Divide Dog Sled Adventures include day trips, overnight trips, and multiple-night outings. They also have a yurt.

Jackson Hole Iditarod Sled Dog Tours is run by eight time Iditarod veteran, Frank Teasley who has been a professional dog musher for over 20 years. This company offers half and full day excursions.

Yellowstone Dog Sled Adventures has trail heads near Big Sky Resort, West Yellowstone, Montana, and Bozeman, Montana. Their season is nearly five months long, and with two hundred inches of snow annually, you’ll never be disappointed by the lack of snow at this sled dog outfit. There are one-hour introductory tours offered by Yellowstone Dog Sled Adventures as well as half-day “Learn to Mush” excursions.

If you’d like to witness dog sled racing in the Rockies here are a couple websites to check out: Colorado Mountain Mushers and

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