Overnight Dog Sled Adventure--Drive Your Own Dog Team!
Overnight Beginner Adventure--Two Days and One Night
Become immersed in the world of sled dogs!! During this adventure you'll get to drive your own dog team and spend a night with the dogs at Musher's Village. You will learn the basics of mushing, how to drive a dog team, and care for the sled dogs. Both mushers and dogs spend the night at Musher's Village where you will eat all of your meals (provided by Nature's Kennel), sleep in a yurt or cabin, and enjoy a snowshoe hike and/or sauna. No experience is necessary as you will be under the care of our fabulous, experienced guides. Each guest will drive his or her own dog team, or you can do this trip as a rider/driver where the driver has his/her own team and the passenger rides with a guide. We will stop several times during the trip for the rider/driver to switch positions. Children must be 10 years old to drive their team on our 20 mile trip, younger children are welcome to do this trip, please inquire for pricing and restrictions.
Day 1: Nature's Kennel and Dog Sledding
Please arrive at Nature’s Kennel at 9:30 am. We will get help get your gear organized for the trip, get you outfitted in our extra-warm boots, and get ready to head out on the trail. You’ll receive all the mushing instruction necessary for your 20 mile journey, meet your dog team, and pack your sleds. Please pack your gear in a soft-sided bag, 30 lb. maximum.
We will leave the kennel at approximately 11 am to run the 20 miles to Musher's Village. Upon arrival, you can help get the dogs settled and bedded with fresh straw. Then, we’ll all enjoy a hearty chili lunch before relaxing around the fire, heating up the sauna and taking a self-guided snowshoe hike. After enjoying camp, you can help prepare dinner with your guide and enjoy sitting around the campfire. You'll also get to help prepare the dog's dinner and to feed your team. Dinner will be outside around the blazing fire where you can share your “tales of the trail”, do some stargazing, and get ready to snuggle in for the night.
Day 2: Wake up at Musher's Village and Dog Sled Back to Nature's Kennel
Good morning! In order to be sure that you have time to make your return trek to the kennel, the guides will begin feeding the dogs around 7 am. Breakfast for guests will be served by 8:30 am. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy a hearty breakfast, re-pack your gear into your sleds and give the dogs a morning snuggle. You’ll help hook up your dog team and leave camp at approximately 11 am. You’ll arrive back at the kennel around 2-3 pm. You will finish off the trip with a few sweet snacks and hot coco or tea before departure.
Your trip includes:
Lunch, camp snacks, and dinner on Day 1
Lodging in our heated cabin and/or yurt
Breakfast on Day 2
The use of extra warm winter boots (provided at no cost)
Snowshoes for use at winter camp
Weekend/Holiday Dates: $895 per person to drive your own team
Mid-week Dates: $875 per person per person to drive your own team
Rider/Driver Options (one person drives his/her own team and one rides with the guide, you can switch positions along the trail). Weekend rate for two $1700, Weekday rate for two $1740
Children 10 and under: $395 weekend/$375 weekday
Gratuities for your guide are not included, however, if you had a great experience, you are welcome to tip your guide.
Lodging Details: Guests at Musher's Village will stay in either a cabin which sleeps up to 5 guests or our 16' yurt which sleeps up to 6 guests. Both the cabin and yurt are heated. Please note that there is NO running water or electricity at Musher's Village. There are two outhouses and drinking water is available. Alcohol is not provided but is allowed at Musher's Village.
For the health and safety of our guests, one family/friend group will be housed in each cabin/yurt. You will not be sleeping with people you do not know :)
Packing List: PACK IS LIMITED TO 30 LBS. (NOT INCLUDING THE SLEEPING BAG) AND MUST BE PACKED IN A SOFT-SIDED DUFFEL OR BAG IN ORDER TO FIT INSIDE THE SLED
1. A sense of adventure and a positive attitude.
2. Winter Camping Gear:
heavy winter jacket and snow pants
warm boots** (no UGG syle or hiking boots)
2 pairs wool or synthetic socks
warm mittens or gloves
glove liners or thin fleece gloves (2 or 3 pairs)
one set of long underwear
warm fleece hat and neck warmer
6-8 pairs of hand warmers
headlamp or flashlight
bathing suit and towel (if you wish to sauna)
Optional Items: water bottle, goggles, sunglasses, boots to wear around camp.
**If needed, these items are available at Nature's Kennel for use at no additional cost.
Plan to dress much warmer than you usually do for winter activities. It can get a bit chilly on the sled since you are constantly feeling an 8-10 mile an hour breeze. If you have any questions about gear, just ask. We do have extra warm parkas, snow pants, boots, and sleeping bags that are available for use.
Cancellation Policy: We require three weeks advance notice for a full refund of your deposit. If the cancellation is made within less than three weeks of the trip date and if we can fill the spot with another guest, we will issue a trip refund less a $50 cancellation fee per person. If the cancellation is within 48 hours or less of the trip date, NO REFUND will be issued. If Nature's Kennel has to cancel due to a lack of snow (which is very unlikely), then a full refund will be issued.