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Dogsled Day Trips and Private Groups

offered by supplier M17077 (read about supplier)

Key Information:
Tour Duration: 1 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 12 people
Destination(s): Minnesota  
Specialty Categories: Dogsledding   Ecotourism  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 50 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 250 US Dollar (USD)

While our teams and guides are busy most days with our overnight trips, we do offer half or full day trips as time allows. Sunday afternoons through Wednesday mornings (mid-Dec to late March) work best but we sometimes have teams and guides available on other days as well. Our day trips are "hands-on" experiences in which you'll be driving your own dog sled while accompanied by a guide on skis. No experience is needed. Persons ages 5-75 have enjoyed these trips. Our sleds are specially designed to accommodate two guests who stand side-by-side on a platform on the back of the sled to drive the sled together.

These trips all begin at our lodge, 8 miles east of Ely on White Iron Lake near Ely, where our guides will make sure your clothing and boots are adequate, provide you with trail beverages and snacks as needed and take you through our "Dogsledding 101" orientation. Then you’ll head to the kennel to meet all the dogs and to help (if you'd like) in harnessing your own team. The big moment arrives as the guide helps you launch your sled and off you go, driving your own dog team on wilderness trail. Along the way, the guide (on skis) will point out wildlife signs and sites of scenic interest for photos, provide rest stops, bathroom and beverage breaks as needed and (on full day trips) they cook a trailside campfire lunch. Our trail system includes a variety of scenic options — hilly woodland terrain, sheltered bogs, frozen lakes and ponds — and trails that are both easy and challenging so be sure to let your guide know your preferences. When you arrive back at the kennel you’re welcome to help feed and water your dogs if you choose and to stop up at the lodge for a hot beverage before departing.

Clothing: Suitable clothing includes: thermal wear (top and bottom), sweater or fleece top, parka and snow pants, warm hat and mitts, neck gaiter or scarf, sunglasses, warm socks and insulated snow boots. The key items (parka, snow pants and insulated snow boots) can be rented at the M17077 store in Ely but be sure to call the store to reserve these items in advance and be sure to pick them up at the store before coming out to the lodge. You're welcome to bring your own water bottle, thermos and snack food; or we can provide those at no charge. Video, digital and film cameras all work quite well on our trips despite the winter conditions.

Note: Please be advised that you will be engaged in an adventure activity and traveling on remote wilderness trails where there is an element of risk. While our day trip participants have never sustained significant injuries, we do as a matter of protocol ask all participants to sign a liability release upon arriving at M17077.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Half day trips (9-1 or 1-5): $ 100 per person if you're sharing the sled with a companion, or $ 150 if you're traveling alone.

Full day trips (9-5), which include a trail lunch: $ 175 per person on shared sleds, $ 250 on solo sleds.

Children ages 5-16 are half price (on sleds shared with an adult).

Reservation: A $50 non-refundable deposit by credit card is required. Balance of payment can be made at the end of your trip by cash, check or credit card (and gratuities are appreciated by the guides for a job well done).

About This Supplier
Location: USA
Joined InfoHub: Oct 2007

For over 30 years, M17077 has been the north country's premier recreational dog mushing center and the nation's only lodge devoted exclusively to dog sledding. Founded and directed by arctic adventurer Paul Schurke, recipient of the Explorers Club Award and Outside Magazine's Adventurer of the Year...

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