Really? They have dog sledding in New Hampshire?
Why yes we do! New Hampshire has a long and rich history of dog sledding. For those that are not familiar with dog sledding, it involves a team of dogs harnessed together to pull an appropriately weighted sled across snow. The dogs chosen to pull these sleds have been specially bred for the purpose.
A brief history about dog sledding in New Hampshire:
Ever since dog sledding became popular during the Alaskan gold rush of 1896, American outdoorsman have found it to be one of the best forms of transport over unpredictable and snowy terrain. There are several dog sled teams and dog sled makers present in New Hampshire who continue this tradition. Two of the most notable dog sled races occur in Laconia and Sandwich where mushers race fearlessly through wind, snow and ice for varying distances. Here is a local link that can provide more detailed information about the sport: Dog Sledding and Dog Sled Making in New Hampshire.
So how exactly does it work?
To begin, you should know that there are two types of dog sleds to choose from: basket sleds and toboggan sleds. The first option, basket sleds, are ideal for shorter distances with less weight. Toboggan sleds are sturdier and carry more weight but they require more dogs to pull them. Of course, in our opinion, the more dogs the better! One of the most exciting and fun aspects of dog sledding is being able to watch these amazing animals at work. Your view will look something like this:
Your dog sled handler will know the appropriate sled to choose and the right team of canines when you embark on your own New Hampshire sled dog adventure!
That sounds awesome! What should I wear?
As dog sledding is, by no means, an indoor event, it is best to dress in warm layers. On treks that may last up to three hours or more, keep in mind that you may be outdoors for the duration of your trip. If you are short on gear or warm clothing, check out this helpful link: Gear Shop
Ok. I’m interested. Where can I go dog sledding in New Hampshire?
Here is a list of places that offer dog sled excursions throughout the state:
- Barking Brook Sled Dog Adventures, Bridgewater, NH. This venue offers two sled dog experiences. The first is the True North Adventure which involves a three hour tour, and the second is a full day ride with an included lunch.
- Dog Sledding at the Barlett Inn, Barlett, NH. This venue offers sled rides that include meeting the dogs and becoming your own musher!
- Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel, Jeffereson, NH. This venue offers four separate excursions at two and three hours and full and half days.
- Omni Mount Washington, Bretton Woods, NH
- Mountain View Grand, Whitefield, NH
- Mush Mellow Adventures, Sanborton, NH. This venue offers a “kids-only” ride that has its own lesson about dog sledding.
- Valley Snow Dogz, Waterville Valley, NH. This group offers a variety of different tours right at the wintry, forested heart of the White Mountains.
Here is a link that contains more specific information: Dog Sledding New Hampshire
Is dog sledding safe for children?
Although not advised for young toddlers or infants, dog sledding would be an exciting adventure for children! All children would be appropriately supervised by seasoned handlers.
How much does it cost?
It costs typically between $125-$200 per person for a two-hour tour. The prices go up for half day and full day excursions. This includes meeting and acquainting yourself with the team, pictures, understanding how the sled works, and a long ride through the beautiful, frosty New Hampshire wilderness.
Here are a few links that will give you a good idea of what to expect for pricing:
Also, if you would like to book an overnight or weekend stay, here is another useful link to get you on your way: Lodging and Campgrounds