Editor’s note, 1/14/20: This post has been updated to reflect the most current information.
The short rides are for guests who are new to the dog sledding experience and those wanting a whole-family experience. The short ride consists of a 2-mile trail that winds through open meadows with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Short rides take place on Monday and Saturday mornings, with two sessions available each day. The first session begins the check-in process from 8-8:20 a.m.; rides begin at 8:30 a.m. Check in for the second session runs from 9:40-10 a.m.; rides begin at 10:30 a.m. During rides, guest enjoy a craft, movie, outdoor fire, and hot cocoa. 1101 County Road 53, Granby
This 6-mile adventure is run as a “relay,” where participants switch spots en route. “Everyone has an opportunity to ride and mush on the dog sled,” says Brian Holt, owner of Good Times Adventures. During the hour and a half trip, up to six guests swap between mushing the dogs or riding in the dogsled or on a small passenger sleigh with a guide. Age five and up. 6061 Tiger Road, Breckenridge
The 80-minute trip allows up to six adults to switch roles from driver to rider along the way. In addition to running their own dogs, Alpine Adventures adopts retired sled dogs from competitive kennels throughout the United States. “Just because they’re older doesn’t mean that they can’t run or don’t want to,” says kennel manager Tony Brockmeyer. Age three and up can ride. Adoptable dogs are also available. 21767 Highway 24 West, Leadville
Guests can enjoy a half-day tour along a 12.5-mile private trail that allows up to two hours of driving/mushing a six- to eight-dog team. Guests learn from Kris Hoffman, an Iditarod musher who co-owns Grizzle-T with wife Sara. “It’s the true Iditarod experience,” she says. Enjoy post-sledding cookies and drinks, leaving half a day to ski. Kids age two and up can ride. 80 lbs. and up to drive. Steamboat Springs