Kids must be at least 3 years old to participate. Be sure to bundle your littles ones well! It can be cold up on the mountain!
We're certain they do! These guys are innate pullers, they love their work, and they love to meet people. Come see for yourself how excited these dogs are to pull.
Warm clothes! You will spend at least an hour and fifteen minutes outside, so you’ll probably want snowpants, boots, gloves, and a hat. We do have some extra warm gear that you may borrow (but we don’t have snow pants or many boots).
Teams range anywhere from 8 to 14 dogs depending on snow conditions and on how much weight they’re pulling.
The proper food, care, training, housing and vet costs for 44 dogs is not cheap, and of course these guys deserve the best! And they need all this year round. We take pride in our healthy happy dogs, but that comes with a price tag ;)
We are a very small company and only take out two sleds at a time. Every tour is very personal and each sled has a professional guide with it for the safety of dogs and guests. We want you to get involved with the dogs and teach you about these special animals.
We have a couple different sleds that we take out depending on your group. Our basic sled only has space for two guests to sit and a guide to drive. Our bigger sleds have an additional driving position so that you can each have a turn at feeling what it's like to drive a sled (though your guide will be in control the whole time). We can stop and switch around who is driving out on the trail.
This is a tough question to answer as the trail we are on is over 10,000ft! The weather changes quickly, and we get lots of snow each winter! Search for Monarch, CO to get the most accurate weather forecast. We only stop running tours if Hwy 50 closes. And if that happens don't worry we will reschedule you or give a full refund.
Yes, you need to make a reservation in advance to come on a tour. It is unlikely that we can take you out on tour the same day that you call, but it doesn't hurt to try.
Try booking online for the fastest results!
When we are busy we won't be able to answer phone calls until the end of the day so please leave a voicemail!
The answer I want to give you "other dogs of course" usually isn't appreciated!
These guys all come from Alaska. Their breed is called "Alaskan Husky". But they are a complete mutt that was bred for their ability to pull, run, be in cold temperatures... Basically to be the toughest, most-driven dogs on earth!!
Yes! These guys make awesome companions when they retire from pulling sleds. It is up the to the dog when they retire, and they let us know when they aren't screaming as much to go run. Because they have lived in a pack their whole lives they are extremely healthy mentally and have great attitudes. Let us know if you might be interested in adopting a dog, and we can talk with you more and get you on the list.
A specialized dog food created for sled dogs. It is high in protein and fat and has a high fish content. Meat is an important part of their diet as well and in Colorado that is mostly beef. These guys also get lots of supplements and vitamins. They can burn a lot of calories each day so the food has to be rich.
Yes, you can! If you click the book now button on the homepage, you will see the option of an e-gift card.
Ha! sorry about that. We are just a small company so when we are running tours we are away from the phone. If it is a busy day it might be late afternoon before we can call you back. So please leave a voicemail!
You start by getting to meet all the dogs. We will answer any of your questions and tell you all about each of their stories and families. Then we will show you pictures and tell you the story behind this breed of dog we call "Alaskan Husky". Then we teach you how to harness a dog, and if you feel like it you can harness one yourself. Then we will load up in the sleds and get the dogs ready and start our run. While we are out on trail we will cover 4-5 miles depending on the conditions. We will take a few shorter breaks and one longer break, to let the dogs cool off and eat some snow. On the longer break everyone is encouraged to get out of the sleds and hang out with the dogs and take pictures (or have a snowball fight / make a snow angel / wrestle in the snow). When we are done with the run we have some hot drinks (hot chocolate, hot cider or tea) and cookies.
Yes, you have to sign a release of liability waiver. It is part of the requirement for us to run tours on Forest Service land. The tour is very safe and our trails are safe as well. The biggest danger (other than driving to your tour) is walking around over snow and ice.
The trail conditions really depend on the weather and recent snows. If it is fresh snow it is a very smooth but slower ride. If it has been warm and the trail is a bit icey it can be a little bit bumpy and the dogs travel faster. We can always slow down if the bumps are too much. We average between 8-12 mph.
(and no that's not Miles Per Hotdog)