If you’re looking for a new kind of adventure to tackle this winter, look no further than dog sledding up in northern Minnesota. From short rides to multi-day mushing trips, the region is second to none in terms of dog-sledding options. What’s more, the dogs’ wagging tails and enthusiasm for the winter elements is nothing short of inspiring. Through thick forests, across frozen lakes, and over icy bogs, this is one of the best ways to experience the Northwoods.
We rounded up some of our favorite dog sledding outfitters to give you a head start on planning your next adventure up north. One of the most unique ways to see the great outdoors in the region, this is an experience you’ll be talking about for years to come.
1. White Wilderness, Ely
Whether you’re looking for a day trip out with the dogs, a 3-day lodge-based trip where you’ll have your own dog team to explore over 70 miles of shrouded trails, or a backcountry yurt trip, White Wilderness has something for every winter outdoor enthusiast. They can accommodate individuals, couples, families, and private groups depending on who you plan on recruiting for your dog sledding adventure. Not only do these trips allow you to explore the surrounding wilderness, you’ll also walk away from the experience with some basic mushing skills.
2. Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge, Ely
Wintergreen offers a wide range of dog sledding options, including day trips, camping trips, and even Arctic expeditions. Their most popular excursion is a 4-night dogsled vacation package that allows you to learn to mush your own team through the snowy Northwoods. Perfect for people of all ages and experience levels, this trip is guided by Wintergreen staff and includes comfortable accommodations and meals prepared by their in-house chef.
3. Positive Energy Outdoors, Duluth
With more than 20 years of experience, Positive Energy Outdoors knows a little something about dog sledding. The company, which is based 15 miles north of Duluth, offers 2-hour rides and full-day mushing experiences, as well as custom overnight dog sledding and skijoring winter camping and fishing trips. Whether you go for a day or a weekend trip, you’ll immediately fall in love with their enthusiastic Alaskan husky sled dogs.
4. Endurance Kennels, Duluth
One of the most affordable and easy options if you’re looking for a dog sled ride or tour, Endurance Kennels has 25 and 55 minute rides available. Additionally, they guide moonlight tours, as well as offering you the chance to drive your own team. They even have kick sledding for kids and teenagers. Their Eurohounds and Hound Crosses (English Shorthaired Pointers, German Shorthaired Pointers, Greyhound, Alaskan Huskies) will be happy to introduce you to the thrill of traveling 12-18 miles per hour through the snowy Northland by dog power.
5. Suomi Hills Kennel, Deer River
Specializing in group tours and corporate retreat tours, Suomi Hills sled dog tours and adventures is a great option if you have a big crew interested in a dog sledding adventure. They also can put on special interactive presentations if you have a group you’re looking to educate prior to hitting the trails. Founded by musher Joel Kersting over 20-years ago, Suomi Hills promises an experienced team and an unforgettable ride.