One of the most fun things to do in Steamboat that anyone with even a passing interest in snow-related activities should try is dog sledding. This is one sport that redefines the relationship between man and dog. Whether you have seen the many movies and documentaries about dog sledding or not, going on a tour with your own team of dogs will forever change the way you look at your fluffy pet. Because here you can see how a dog can save a life and in fact, many lives were saved thanks to this important means of transportation. Learn how to mush and let your dogs take you for an exhilarating ride unlike any you’ve done before.
The Iditarod Champs
If you’ve heard of the Iditarod, the famous sled dog racing event, you will definitely want to come to Grizzle-T Dog & Sled Works. This family-owned and run kennel has been breeding dogs for racing in the Iditarod. Their Alaskan Huskies are some of the strongest competitors in the race. With a long history behind them, this loving family of man and dog would take you on an enjoyable tour as you learn how to drive the sled, communicate with the dogs, care for them, and trust them to guide you down the trail with their infallible instincts and skills.
Of the two tours offered by Grizzle-T dog sledding, the West Trail is the longest. It stretches for 12.5 miles and takes about two hours, covering many snow-covered trails. Located about 20 minutes west of Steamboat Springs, this tour has everything you ever wanted out of a ride like this. As you and your partner get into the sled, the Alaskan Huskies will take you around the backcountry trails where the flecks of snow wash your face and the fresh air cleanses your lungs. Halfway through the tour, you can switch roles and become the passenger and let your partner be the driver.
A little bit shorter than the West Trail, this guided tour is only 8-miles long and will take you around the shore of Stagecoach Reservoir. You can choose either to drive the dog-driven sleds or be a passenger. In case you choose a guided tour, there’s a maximum weight limit of 350lbs. So an adult can choose to go with a child or two adults can hop in as long as that weight limit is not exceeded.
Whether you opt for the South or West trails there’s a complimentary shuttle service to take you from and back to your vacation rental. Call us today to find out more about this amazing sport and to book your vacation rental.