You don’t have to go to Alaska to experience dog sledding. You can do it in the San Juan Mountains!
Durango Dog Ranch offers a variety of dog sledding tours and trips, from a quick trip to being able to drive the sled yourself.
On Dec. 13, Durango Dog Ranch began offering hourly dog sled rides at the base of Durango Mountain Resort. The trips leave hourly between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. At the kennel at the base of the ski area, passengers can see the dogs and watch as they’re hooked up then be whisked away for a trip that offers fantastic views of Engineer Mountain and some hot drinks! There’s a 350-pound limit per sled, so either two adults under that limit or one adult and two small children.
Durango Dog Ranch’s Mush on the Brain trip is the company’s most popular. The half-day trip offers hands-on instruction and your own guide during the personalized adventure. The sled cruises through the San Juan forest, and passengers will even have the opportunity to take the proverbial reins (drive the sled). At the end of the four-hour trek, mushers can warm up with snacks and hot drinks. There’s a 350-pound limit per sled, so either two adults under that limit or one adult and two small children.
Half a day on the sled not enough for you? Sign up for Mushing Madness, a full-day sled ride. A team of can-do dogs pull passengers on this seven-hour trip, which takes guests deep into the San Juan National Forest. Before signing up, be sure you’re ready to go the distance; as the company notes, passengers should be in good physical condition and be prepared to run with the dogs. Prior mushing experience preferred.