This was one of the most fun vacations we've had in a long time. Mornings we were welcomed to come along and feed and water the dogs. Then after a delicious breakfast we set... read more
Wintergreen Dogsled Day Trips
Wintergreen dogsled day trips are...
Wintergreen Dogsled Day Trips
Wintergreen dogsled day trips are "hands-on" experiences on which you'll be driving your own dogsled powered by a team of our friendly, handsome Canadian Inuit dogs. Our guides will accompany you on skis to help out as needed, point out signs of wildlife and sights of scenic interest and share northwoods lore. No experience is needed. Persons ages 5-75 have enjoyed these trips. Half-day morning (9-1) and afternoon (1-5) options are available along with full day trips (9-5) that include lunch. Full day trips also include the option of exploring more adventurous trail options in the afternoon if you choose.
Because Wintergreen's dogteams and guides are fully booked most Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays December to March with our overnight vacation packages, our Wintergreen day trips options are generally limited to Sundays and Mondays, although for groups of 4 or more we can sometimes arrange Tuesday or Wednesday trips.
These trips all begin at Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge on White Iron Lake near Ely, MN. Upon your arrival, our guides will make sure your clothing & boots are adequate (rental gear available in all sizes), provide you with trail beverages & snacks upon request and take you through our "Dogsledding 101" orientation. Then you'll head to the kennel to meet the dogs. The big moment arrives as your guide helps you launch your sled. Off you go, driving your own dogteam on wilderness trails. Along the way, your guide (on skis) will point out wildlife signs and sites of scenic interest for photos, and provide rest stops & snack breaks upon request.
On full day trips, the guides will provide a trailside campfire lunch or an indoor lunch break at the lodge. Our trail system includes a variety of scenic options: hilly woodland terrain, sheltered bogs, frozen lakes & ponds and trails that are both easy and challenging. Feel free to let your guide know your preferences. When you arrive back at the kennel, you're welcome upon request to help feed and water your dogs and to visit the lodge for a hot beverage before departing.
You'll be in good hands: National Geographic Adventure ranks Wintergreen as "Best in the Business" and it's directed by Paul Schurke, recipient of the "Explorers Award", "Adventurer of the Year Award," and "Environmental Hero" award. Our dozen guides are the best in the business as well and include the "National Geographic Adventurers of the Year."
You'll also enjoy our incredible location: the stunning lakeland forest on the US-Canada border that National Geographic ranks among the world's "Top 50 Must See" places. Northwoods splendor at its finest!
Wintergreen dogsled day trips are very popular, but most visitors to our winter vacation wonderland choose our extended 3- or 4-night Wintergreen Dogsled Vacations at Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge.