It’s free for SMR guests to meet the canine athletes. “Our small-scale operation gives guests a chance to connect with our (18) dogs,” says Martha Sortland, marketing, and communications director. “They love attention from guests.” The standard 2-mile ride is offered twice weekly through winter; anyone can attend the pre-sledding presentation, and enjoy free crafts and cocoa. Ages 6 and up. Reservations required. Private rides available. 888-613-9622. 1101 Co. Rd. 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 1-hour trip, up to six guests will swap between mushing the dogs, or riding in the dogsled or on a small passenger sleigh with a guide. Ages 4 and up. 800-477-0144. 6061 Tiger Rd., Breckenridge.
The 1-hour 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 U.S. “Just because they”re older doesn’t mean that they can’t run or don’t want to,” says kennel manager Tony Brockmeyer. Ages 3 and up can ride. Adoptable dogs are also available. 719-486-9899. 21767 Highway 24 W., Leadville.
Grizzle-T Dog & Sled Works
Guests can enjoy a half-day tour that allows up to 2 hours of driving an eight-dog team, all on a 12.5-mile trail. 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 2 and up can ride. 80 lbs.+ to drive. 970-870-1782. HC 66 Box 39, Steamboat Springs.