Dog Sled & Dog Cart Rides
Dog Sled & Dog Cart Rides
Experience Dog Sledding, All Year Long
Looking for a truly unique experience during your getaway? A dog sled ride is exactly that. If you love dogs, you'll be in heaven on a guided, back country dog sled ride through a private trail system of winter beauty. Or, if you're visiting in the summer, try a sled dog kennel tour and dog cart ride through the woods instead! Either way, you'll get your Fido fix.
Where to Find Dog Sled & Cart Rides
Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park has 80 Siberian and Alaskan huskies. During the winter, the dogs pull sleds in the forests near Winter Park. They love their job and can't wait until we have enough snow to take out guests! In the off-season, the dogs rest, dreaming of snow. They also enjoy the occasional visit from guests taking kennel tours, and they'll even get out to stretch their legs for dog cart or scooter tours through the woods for an extra-special experience.
Snow Mountain Ranch/YMCA of the Rockies also offers guided dog sled rides at their private and expansive location about 15 minutes from downtown Winter Park. While guests who are staying at Snow Mountain Ranch get first priority for the program, day visitors can make reservations seven days prior to the date they wish to ride.
Whenever you visit, you're sure to learn something new! On a dog sled or dog cart ride, passengers relax in the sled as your experienced musher and guide points out wildlife, tracks, photo opportunities and answers any questions about dogsledding or local history, attractions or activities to add to your special experience.
Winter Dog Sled Rides
During your dog sled ride, passengers relax in the sled as an experienced musher expertly guides them down a trail. Each ride is between 2 and 5 miles long, depending on the excursion booked. Regardless of which option you choose, you will get to take in some amazing views along the way including 13,000-foot peaks, the Continental Divide, Winter Park Ski Resort, and, of course, lots of snow.
Each sled can accommodate one, two or three guests, but they must adhere to height and weight limitations (contact each vendor for more information). Reservations are required, so call ahead!
Summer Dog Cart Rides
Not visiting during the winter but would love to take a Colorado dog sled ride? Here’s your solution: Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park offers sled dog kennel tours & dog cart rides during the off-season. Take a one-hour educational walking tour of their kennel or a 45-minute dog cart ride through the woods. It’s all of the dog sledding fun, without the winter chill.
The trip covers about three and a half miles on private property in approximately 30 to 45 minutes. Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park offers dog cart rides at sunrise, sunset and sometimes in between depending on weather and trail conditions. The dogs get pretty hot pulling without snow on the ground, so they have to stop in the shade occasionally to cool off, prolonging your trip. Use this opportunity to snap some unforgettable photos! Our favorite photo op? Ask your guide to take a few pictures from the front of the team with all the dogs in the foreground and you in the background.
Each dog cart ride can accommodate one, two or sometimes three to four guests in each cart. A weight limit determines the number of riders. Ask to steer and use the brake for a unique experience, but the mushers are there for guidance and can take over if you’d like. Reservations are required, so plan ahead!
Not sure what to expect? Check out the videos below courtesy of Snow Mountain Ranch and Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park.