Maybe you’re not ready to sign up for the 1150-mile Iditarod and take part in the “Last Great Race on Earth,” but there are other less extreme ways to try your hand at dog sledding.
During the winter in Maine, Song in the Woods tour company offers beginners rides 75 miles north of Bangor. All the full, half, and multi-day back country trips let you have a turn mushing your own team.
Or you can actually help train dogs for the Idatarod at Mitch Seavey’s Ididaride in Seward, Alaska. There you learn to drive a dog team and then mush it on part of the course down Resurrection Valley to Exit Glacier.
Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park, Colorado offers year-round trips that pass by 13,000-foot peaks and the Continental Divide. In the summer, instead of a sled you can ride the trails in a dog-pulled scooter.
And speaking of summer dogsledding, how about doing it in Jamaica? The Jamaican Dogsled Team’s rescue dogs pull riders through the mud on adapted sleds at Chukka Cove Farm.
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