Do you dream of yelling “Mush!” to your team of huskies in the blinding snow while on the trail of the Iditarod? Live out a (scaled-down) version of your dream by dog sledding at Snow Mountain Ranch this winter! Please note that we have limited availability for this activity and advance reservations are required. We recommend calling to book your ride as soon as possible.
Standard ride: Our standard rides are for guests who are new to the dog sledding experience. The standard ride consists of a 2 mile trail that winds through open meadows with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Standard rides are Monday mornings and Saturday mornings. The presentation begins at 8:30 am and rides begin around 9:15 am. During rides, a craft, movie, outdoor fire, and hot cocoa are available. The presentation is open to everyone.
Cost of standard ride: $30 per person for guests staying on-property (reservation number required). $50 for day visitors, in addition to cost of day pass ($20 for adults, $10 for children 6-12, 5 and under receive complimentary day pass).
Guests with lodging reservations may sign up for this program here (must have lodging reservation number). Guests who are staying at Snow Mountain Ranch get first priority for our dog sledding program. Day visitors may make reservations seven days prior to the date they wish to ride by calling the Programs department, 970-887-2152 x4135.
Advanced dog sledding experience: Having trouble getting on the reservation list for the Standard Ride because it is full? Here is a great alternative! On Friday mornings, we offer an advanced dog sledding experience for guests staying on property. This is a longer, private ride lasting approximately 50 minutes taking you through beautiful trails with inclines and exciting turns. Because of the long exposure to cold temperatures, children 5 and under cannot sign up for this ride.
Cost of advanced dog sledding experience: $150 per sled (each sled can hold one adult and one child age 6-10 addition to the musher). This experience is available only to guests staying on-property.
Guests must be staying at Snow Mountain Ranch to do this program. To register, click here.
If you are on the waiting list, we cannot guarantee a ride on the given day. There are many factors that influence whether we are able to accommodate those on the waiting list, including trail conditions and the health of the dogs. If you are on the waiting list, you will pay only if you get a ride.
Group Dog Sledding Experience: Groups between 15 and 25 may schedule a private dog sledding package for $30 per person. This package includes a customized presentation, and dog sled rides. Presentations can be customized around the following themes: “Persevering in Faith and Life”, “Teamwork”, “Leadership”, or “Pursuing Passion in Faith and Life”. Because this experience can be custom tailored to your group’s need, it’s perfect for a wide variety of group types-from corporate retreats to school or church groups. Your time slot can be booked according to your group’s schedule. To book your package, call the Program Department at 970-887-2152 ext. 4135.
For the health and safety of our dogs, there is a weight limit of 250 lbs. Children 5 and younger must ride with an adult.
Questions? Please call the Snow Mountain Ranch Program Department at 970-887-2152, ext. 4135
Power Our Team
Since Snow Mountain Ranch began our dog sledding program in 2013, the response from our guests has been overwhelming. This unique program has allowed us to share our five core values (Caring, Responsibility, Respect, Honesty, and Faith) with over 2,000 people each year.
The entire experience has become one of the most popular programs offered at Snow Mountain Ranch. Dog sledding has also become an effective means for teaching leadership and outdoor education to Colorado schoolchildren.
We are committed to continuing and improving our unique program while keeping it affordable to all patrons.
We currently have 16 hard-working sled dogs who allow us to run the program. With food, routine veterinary care, housing, and transportation, each the dog costs approximately $3,000 every year. This amount does not include material costs, craft supplies, equipment repair and replacement and trail grooming that is essential for the success of this program.
Each dog has a unique personality, and we’ve discovered that our guests develop personal connections with this special group of dogs. We would like to give everyone a chance to personally help support one or more of our sled dogs.
It takes the whole team working together to pull the sled, and it takes your support to help us to develop this powerful, mission-driven program.
If you would like to donate to our dog sled team, please print the donation form below and mail to:
Snow Mountain Ranch
Attn: Philanthropy Dept
PO Box 169
Winter Park, CO 80482
We send out a monthly email newsletter called “The Paw Print” which provides updates about our dogs, the program, and information about the sport of dog sledding. If you would like to receive our monthly email newsletter, send us an email and we’ll add you to the list!