Dog Sled Rides
Looking for the truly unique experience during your getaway? Taking 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.
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.
During the ride, all passengers remain in the sled as an experienced musher expertly guides them down a trail. Along the way, the guide will point out any wildlife tracks (or actual wildlife such as moose and coyotes), take pictures for the guests, and answer questions about dog sledding or local history, attractions and activities.
On the ride, they can accommodate one, two or three guests in each sled. The total weight limit is 350 pounds per sled. There is also a maximum height restriction of 48 inches on the third person. For example, a mother, father and child can all ride in the same sled only if their combined weight is 350 pounds or less and the child is less than 48 inches tall.
The trip covers four to five miles in about 45 minutes. The trails are situated on private property therefore guests cannot walk or ski on the trails. You will get to see some amazing views along the way including 13 thousand foot peaks, the Continental Divide, Winter Park Ski Resort, and of course lots of snow.
Reservations are required, so call ahead!
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. Rides will run every Thursday and Saturday morning throughout the winter season. Guests who are staying at Snow Mountain Ranch get first priority for the program. Day visitors may make reservations seven days prior to the date they wish to ride. For the health and safety of the dogs, there is a weight limit of 250 pounds and children 5 and under must ride with an adult.
Before you "embark" (bark haha) on your dog friendly excursion your guide will offer a 45 minute informational presentation on the art of dog sledding and will be open to answering any questions you may have. The actual ride will be about 2 miles long and will allow you the opportunity to have a rare view of some of the regions most beautiful scenery.
Not sure what to expect? Check out the videos below courtesy of Snow Mountain Ranch