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Dogsledding In Leadville Colorado
Happy February Hikers!
Even though I’d always rather be hiking, I went dog sledding for the first time instead, thanks to my friends at Alpine Adventures Dogsledding in Leadville, CO.
Leadville, the highest incorporated U.S. city, is about 2,000 ft higher in elevation than where I live in Buena Vista, which means way more snow!
Having never been dog sledding before, I had no idea what to expect and there were a couple surprises along the way.
Surprise #1: The dogs were so small and skinny! I definitely doubted their ability, and expected bigger, bulkier dogs.
But pound-for-pound they are stronger than any other draft animal! So I don’t know what I was worried about.
Surprise #2: I actually got to mush the dogs! The staff taught us how to break and to keep an eye on the dogs in case they need a rest, and then it was just me and my boyfriend, Blake, on the sled while the team pulled us along.
Surprise #3: These dogs were truly bred and born to run and pull, and they do love it! I was scared the sled dogs may get overworked, cold or tired, but they were so happy!
As soon they are hooked on to the sled and the coast is clear, they started barking and howling and jumping around, anxiously waiting the command to start running. When I gave the command to go and gave a push off, they started to run at about 15 mph. But then they did settle into a more efficient pace of about 5-10 mph.
They also love, love, love the cold Leadville climate. Their ideal temp to run is actually just below zero degrees Fahrenheit, and they can’t run in temps over 35 degrees or they may overheat.
After our 6-mile dog sled tour I got to walk around the facility and meet all the beautiful dogs! They were so friendly and overly excited to be getting some love as we walked through. And, not being able to have a dog where I live, I have to pet as many dogs as I can while I’m out and about!
I would recommend dogsledding in Leadville Colorado to anyone visiting the area and I would love to go again one day to ride out to a more remote location.
*Insider tip: You can usually find great adventures like this in your area, on the cheap, through Groupon. This can be a great way to try new activities without investing a ton of money or having to buy special equipment and gear*