Winter Dog Sledding in Western Colorado | Rocky Mountain Health Plans Blog



Mush! Here’s Your Guide to Dog Sledding Tours on the Western Slope

The dog sledding season usually lasts from mid-November through mid-April, depending on how much snow Western Colorado’s winter receives. There are several outfitters throughout the state and many mountain towns have at least one kennel offering guided tours. If you’re ready to mush, here’s what you need to know and where to go.

Dog Sledding Basics

Every dog on a sled team has something in common: they’re bred loves to work and enjoy love their “jobs” providing much-needed physical and mental exercise. In this case, work means pulling a sled and running across Colorado’s pristine winter wilderness.

Dog sled teams aren’t comprised of only Siberian Huskies either. You might be surprised to see that many sled dogs look like mixed breed dogs. That’s because most kennels breed for a generic type of dog called the Alaskan Husky, which is bred to do a job, not look a certain way.

Now that you know the basics, let’s take a look at some of the best dog sledding tour operators in Western Colorado.

Lucky Cat Dog Farm, Gunnison

Located in Gunnison, Lucky Cat Dog Farm offers dog sled tours that take visitors through the alpine wonderland of Gunnison National Forest

Contact information is tricky to find, so we recommend sending Lucky Cat’s team an email at

Cosmic Cruisers Sled Dog Tours Crested Butte

If you want to learn how to run a team of excited dogs on your own, Cosmic Cruisers is the place to go. They specialize in introducing guests to the basics of mushing, and their appreciation of the dogs and their athletic prowess is contagious. You can opt for a full-day tour or a short 40-60 minute tour if you’re pressed for time.

Grizzle-T Dog Sledding, Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs is a town that immediately comes to mind when you think of a “winter wonderland.” Grizzle-T even provides the option to drive your own sled or ride as a passenger.;

Iditarod Musher Kris Hoffman, and his wife, Sara, are there to answer any questions and guide you at this family-owned and operated Business.

Durango Dog Ranch Hesperus

Located approximately 15 minutes from Durango at the base of the Purgatory ski area, Durango Dog Ranch offers dog sledding tours during winter you can choose from hourly tours or a more intimate half-day trip that whisks you away into the stunning San Juan Mountains.

No matter which outfitter you choose, dogsledding is a truly special way to get outside and enjoy the splendor of a Western Slope Winter.  

Just ask Aaron Natoniewski of our Life on the Western Slope series.