Dog Sledding Vacations & Dog Mushing Tours Ely, Minnesota  Dog Sledding
Ely, Minnesota Dog Sledding

For 35 years, Wintergreen Dog Sledding Lodge has provided lodge-based dogsledding vacations and dogsled camping adventures with lovely our lakeshore lodging, top chef, friendly Canadian Inuit dogs, rated 'best in the business' by National Geographic.

5/5 Stars --
From $150 / trip pp

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For 35 years, Wintergreen has offered lodge-based dog sledding vacations and dogsled camping adventures for all ages -- no experience needed! Wintergreen is the world's foremost recreational dogsledding center & the only resort devoted exclusively to dog mushing. Welcome to our fun-luvin', tail-wagging world!

The Joy of Sledding!

Typical Day

Sample Itinerary (may vary with trip dates)

DAY 1: Arrive in Ely early afternoon by car or airport taxi shuttle. Stop at Wintergreen store for any rental clothing needs, continue to your lodge for check-in and site tour. Meet your guide & sled dogs. Welcoming dinner at 6 pm followed by trip orientation session and clothing check.

DAY 2: Sunrise kennel care (optional) followed by breakfast and "Dogsledding 101" training. The big moment arrives as your guide helps you launch your team and accompanies you on a dogsled training trip. Midday lunch in lodge, skills review, extended rest break. Afternoon dogsled trip. Return to lodge 4-5 pm. Treat & water your dogs. R&R. Dinner. Optional socializing around the fireplace.

DAY 3: Kennel care & breakfast. Depart on full day of mushing with trailside campfire lunch and rest stops at scenic sites. Your Wintergreen guide accompanies you on skis, providing tune-up tips on your mushing skills and sharing natural history info along the route. Return to lodge late afternoon. Treat & water your dogs. Optional skiing/snowshoeing or R&R. 6 pm dinner. Optional evening activates include Finnish-style sauna, campfire gathering, fireplace stories, and/or 'film fest' to view the National Geographic documentaries on Wintergreen adventures.

DAY 4: Now that you "knows the ropes," the guide will plan the day based upon your interests -- choose between easy or challenging trails and a longer or shorter routes. Scenic stops might include the ice caves, the Murphys Falls overlook, the river bluff, the old growth forest and you may opt to include time for skiing/snowshoeing or to try "ski-jouring" (being towed on skis by a sled dog). Return to your cabin mid to late afternoon (or earlier if one or both pairs of guests would like more R&R in their cabin). Dog treats. Celebration dinner. Time to yourselves or optional evening activities which include (depending upon trip dates) "What's for Dinner?" program at the International Wolf Center to observe the wolves feeding or fireside arctic stories with Wintergreen director Paul Schurke.

DAY 5: Kennel care (optional), "bon voyage" breakfast buffet, "Mushers Graduation" event, kennel visit to bid your dogs adieu, check-out mid to late morning (or earlier if your travel plans require). OR if you'd like to extend your stay an extra day or two, we can often arrange for you to continue the same lodging at discount rates. If you weren't able to visit Ely's International Wolf Center or North American Bear Center during their winter hours (Fri/Sat 10-5) before your dogsled trip, we can sometimes arrange a special visit to the wolf viewing area or bear exhibits on your check-out day.

Our sled dogs are famously friendly!

Map & Directions

1101 Ringrock Road, Ely, Minnesota 55731
Points of Interest
Dog Sledding Vacations & Dog Mushing Tours
Wintergreen Dr, Ely, MN 55731, USA

Nearby Attractions and Services

DistanceDescription
5 milesInternational Wolf Center
8 milesNorth American Bear Center
40 milesGiants Ridge Ski Resort

Rates & Availability

Dogsled vacations offered every Wednesday to Sunday, December through March. Package rates for 4-night packages are all-inclusive, per adult in double rooms and range from $975/adult depending upon dates and trip type. Contact us regarding youth rates, private room options & family or group discounts.

Dogsled vacations offered every Wednesday to Sunday, December through March. Package rates for 4-night packages are all-inclusive, per adult in double rooms and range from $975/adult depending upon dates and trip type. Contact us regarding youth rates, private room options & family or group discounts.

Special youth, teen, family & private group discounts. Summer sign-up discount for registrations submitted with full payment (fully refundable till October).

*Please contact advertiser for rates & availability for your travel dates.

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USD $150 per trip pp
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