Photo: Pagosa Dogsled Adventures
Can you imagine celebrating an engagement, anniversary, or birthday under the full, January moon, racing across fresh snow on a sled pulled by 12 Alaskan Malamutes? The mushers and Malamutes of Pagosa Dogsled Adventures are pros at creating unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experiences for their guests.
About to launch the second winter season, Twila Baker and her guides find themselves with more bookings than they dared to dream. This dynamic pack of two-and-four legged athletes offers dogsled tours, courses, camps, and clinics in all four Pagosa seasons across varied terrains.
While a Sunset and Moonlight Dogsled Adventure is probably not on anyone’s “5 Best First Dates” list – it will be! You and your beloved rendezvous with the Malamutes just before dusk and sled off into the sunset. Nestle into down sleeping bags and watch the moon rise as you celebrate each other and your amazing fortune.
These tours are easily customized with music, flowers, and gourmet catering. A recent menu created for a tour group by local chef Josh Pastrama includes grilled beef tenderloin or fresh Atlantic salmon, a baked potato bar, grilled asparagus, salad, rolls, and two dessert offerings.
Dashing Through the Snow on a 12-Dog Open Sled
During the winter when snow is abundant, Pagosa Dogsled offers a three-hour Full Adventure and an hour-long Mini Adventure perfect for families with youngsters. Most of the winter runs take place on a horse ranch in the Upper Piedra area. If snow is light, the dogs might pull you on an ATV!
The other three seasons are not without their fun. You’ll find the dogs and guides wheeling around the Pagosa Springs Golf Club in carts. Meet the (Canine) Crew provides a weekend full of basic training, recreation, dog hugging, and friendly socializing around the campfire at night.
Mushing 101 offers a deeper two-day dive into the care and training of the dogs with the running of several trails. The (BYOD) Learn to Mush Clinics are for the serious sport enthusiasts and their own dogs. Learn to Mush welcomes guests and their dogs of any large breed, up to four per team, providing a three-and-a-half day intensive with individualized instruction.
Surely the highlight of any child’s summer, the Junior Learn-to-Mush Day Camp provides children age 7 and up a four-day, hands-on experience. Upon arrival, each child is assigned one or two dogs to care for and train. After time spent in dog/musher bonding exercises, the children put their self-confidence and new skills into action as they lead their dogs on supervised runs.
Mission Malamute Rehome
One of the coolest things about this operation is their commitment to “foster, rehabilitate, and rehome working Alaskan Malamutes.” They usually have a few rescued Malamutes running on their teams. These dogs can be adopted into homes willing to provide them a place in the family as well as work opportunities.
The lucky second chance dogs are extensively socialized, spayed and neutered, and receive the highest veterinary and nutritional care. Because the dogs are trained and integrated into the mushing teams, their working skills and temperaments are well known to the guides.
Obviously, They Love Their Dogs!
A 30-year-long love affair with Alaskan Malamutes has clearly paid off for Twila Baker. Business is brisk and Pagosa Springs is certainly the beneficiary of their positive presence in numerous ways. Check out the stellar reviews on Trip Advisor where “bucket list experience” appears several times. Track their year-round adventures on the frequently updated FaceBook page full of great photos and videos.
No matter the season, Eve and her offspring Enrique, Elvis, Enya, and Miss Piggy are eager to harness up and deliver an exhilarating experience you’ll never forget. Get your mush on!
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