Beginner dog sledding
One Night/Two Days This is our most popular adventure where you'll get to drive your own dog team. Many of our our touring dogs are some of Ed's Iditarod veterns and hopefuls. On this adventure, you will learn the basics of mushing
, how to drive a dog team, and spend one night winter camping in our heated tent. No experience is necessary as you will be under the care of one of our fabulous, experienced guides. Each guest will drive his or her OWN dog team (no shared sleds). Cost: $450/person weekdays and $500/person weekends and holidays.
1/2 Day Trip: This option gives you the opportunity to drive your own dog team on our 10 mile mini-loop. You will receive a kennel tour, brief instruction and your own dog team. Drivers must be over 8 years old. Allow approximately 3 hours for all instruction, trip, and a great snack at the end of your tour. Our ˝ day tours run from 9am-noon or 1-4 pm.
Cost: $175/person to drive. If someone in your party prefers to ride, the cost is $85/rider. If you just have two riders (no sled drivers) the cost is $200 for the sled (two passengers).
Full-Day Trip: This option gives you the opportunity to drive your own dog team for a full day. You will receive a kennel tour, brief instruction and your own dog team. The full day trip includes a break along the trail for hot coco and a light lunch. Drivers must be over 8 years old. Our full day tours run from 10am-3 pm. Cost: $300/person. It is possible to add a rider to your trip, the cost for a RIDE ONLY is $150 per person. The rider will ride in the GUIDE'S sled.
Full Moon Rides: Sled dogs LOVE to run at night, so here's your chance to ride along on a moonlit winter night! Our full moon rides take place at night on selected winter evenings. This is a RIDE ONLY. Your guide will drive the sled (using headlamp if necessary) as you snuggle in the sled while the dogs cruise down the winter trail. Please arrive at Nature's Kennel at 7:30 pm. Cost: $200 per sled. Our sleds accommodate up to two adults or an adult and two children.
Age range, type of group
Trips are suitable for all ages, infant through senior. Children must be over 8 years old to drive their own dog team on our day trips and over 10 years old for our overnight trips.
Sleeping and meals
Guests on our overnight trips spend the night in a heated canvas teat which sleeps up to 12 people. There is a camp kitchen, woodstove, and bunks for sleeping. Delicious meals are served over the campfire.
Rates & Availability
Tours run December through March, 7 days a week. Rates range from $80-$500 per person.
Packages are Available: Eat, Sleep, and Ride Package: This package is a partnership between Nature's Kennel and Chamberlin's Old Forest Inn in Curtis (30 minutes south of Nature's Kennel). The package for two guests includes a dinner certificate worth up to $50, an overnight stay, and full breakfast.
Also included is your choice of a dog sledding adventure:
A dog sled ride for two. Our sleds can comfortable accommodate two adult guests. $335 for two guests
A 'drive your OWN dog team' adventure. Each person can drive his/her OWN dog team! $460 for two guests
One driver, one rider with the opportunity to switch drivers/riders during the trip. $385 for two guests
A 10% group discount if available for groups of four or more on our overnight trips. Please inquire about group rates for scout or school groups.
Tasha Stielstra (View My Profile)
Located in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula, ninety minutes northwest of the Mackinac Bridge, Nature’s Kennel is home to over 150 Alaskan Huskies. Owners Ed and Tasha Stielstra operate Michigan’s premier sled dog touring kennel and competitively race in distance races throughout the world. Ed is a seven time Iditarod finisher, and both Ed and Tasha have won the Midwest’s prestigious UP 200 Race. In addition to outstanding race finishes, Nature’s Kennel has won many notable awards for exceptional dog care. Nature’s Kennel sled dogs are well known not only for their outstanding athletic achievements but also for their wonderful personalities.
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