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Monarch Dog Sled Rides
Ranked #4 of 4 things to do in Monarch
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Owner description: Monarch Dog Sled Rides provides exciting dog sled tours through the beautiful San Isabel National Forest located one mile south of the Monarch Mountain ski area! Come and learn about this northern sport while we take you on a 3-5 mile tour through our breathtaking terrain. Our experienced guides will teach you all about the love and care for these dogs, the sport, and the races in Canada and Alaska (such as the Iditarod), in which some of our dogs and guides have participated! If you are feeling brave, we will teach you how harness and drive your own team. Each tour lasts 1.25 hrs and will be personalized according to your group. There will be plenty of opportunities to snap great photos during your trip! We can accommodate all ages and those with handicaps. Have you always wanted to learn to ski-jour with your dog at home? We can teach you about the fundamentals and get you started with the proper gear, techniques and tips. We can even arrange to have our experienced dogs help your dog get the idea :)
Reviewed March 30, 2013

This was a terrific family activity. we loved the dogs, Chad and Caleb were friendly and full of great information. I love an activity where we learn something new and have a great time. The setting is amazing. I recommend that you try this.

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Reviewed February 14, 2013

I went out with Monarch Dog Sled Rides today and had a better than expected time which is always a plus. The trip is very informative with alot of information at the beginning about the history of dog sledding. Then they take you out with some beautiful scenery and a unique perspective while being pulled by the dogs in the toboggan. They will also let you hop in the mushing position which is a blast. At the end of the ride they Caleb and Chad(our guides) had hot chocolate out wich was a treat and a great way to end the experience. All in all it is a great time and definately worth doing. To Paws UP!

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Reviewed January 6, 2013

Did snowmobiling in addition to boarding last year and this year decided to give the dog sledding bit a try. It was lovely. The mountain had just received a foot of fresh snow and the trail couldn't have been more like a post card. The dogs were gorgeous and not what I expected at all. They were friendly and so excited to run. Our guides were friendly and explained to us all about the nature of sledding, the dogs, and their training. It was very quiet and mellow. My boyfriend was expecting it to be more crazy and wild...but for me it was perfect. A fantastic way to spend some winter hours traveling around wonderland.

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Reviewed April 5, 2012

What a delightful way to spend a morning in the high-mountain Colorado Sunshinie: in a dog sled, being joyfully pulled across pristine snow-covered high mountain meadows and trails, surrounded by the tall evergreens on Monarch Mountain.
Personable Caleb (proprietor, guide and lead musher) and his friendly, most social and eager-to-please team of dogs were just delightful. Don't know which was more fun; the dog sled ride across picture perfect snow-covered mountains with views of the surrounding peaks, or getting to know the dogs!
Before you take off you can help harness the dogs, spend time with each, and afterward you are encouraged to thank each dog individually. (I respected that especially). The dogs, for their part, make it clear they LOVE your attention, LOVE to pull, and seem well-cared for and treated. They are off on Tuesday and when the weather is warm, so consider that in your planning.
Personally, I recommend going late in the season when the snowmobilers are not around, but I'm sure doing this anytime during the winter would be fun. Snow and temperatures permitting, Caleb said they might have another couple of good weeks yet to ride, so there is still time this year to enjoy your own dogsled ride during fantastic weather. It took us only 2.5hrs to get there from Denver metro.
Great for any and all ages!
Note: bring cash. Credit cards not accepted.

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