The Alaskan huskies from Trail of Dreams (the only commercial dog-sledding operation in Oregon) train for this marathon event all season, racing through Mount Bachelor's wilderness to build up stamina.

The Alaskan huskies from Trail of Dreams (the only commercial dog-sledding operation in Oregon) train for this marathon event all season, racing through Mount Bachelor's wilderness to build up stamina.

Sailing - Charleston | Kitesurfing - Bahamas | Nightime Kayaking - Puerto Rico | Snowshoeing - Vermont | Dog Sledding - Central Oregon | Snorkeling - St. John | Surfing - Barbados | Hiking - New Hampshire | Snowcat Skiing - Utah | Zip Lining - St. Lucia | ATV Riding - Virginia

Adventure Rating: 4

The dormant volcano of Mount Bachelor is the heart of adventure in central Oregon, drawing avid skiers and snowboarders to its more than 3,600 acres of pristine snow-packed terrain every year. But if you really want to head off the beaten path, there's no better way to explore the backcountry than on an Iditarod dog sled. The Iditarod is the world's premier dog-sled race, covering more than 1,150 miles of Alaska's rugged terrain. The Alaskan huskies from Trail of Dreams (the only commercial dog-sledding operation in Oregon) train for this marathon event all season, racing through Mount Bachelor's wilderness to build up stamina. These dogs were born to run, and visitors can take advantage of Trail of Dreams' intense training on individual sled rides from the Sunrise Lodge at Mount Bachelor. It offers shorter one-hour trips in the meadows and valleys surrounding the mountain, but for a real adventure, book an overnight trip to Elk Lake Resort. You'll wind through the woods with your team of dogs to the rustic lodge, where you'll enjoy other active pursuits including snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or snowmobiling on the more than 250 miles of groomed trails in the area. These trails, which are maintained by local snowmobiling clubs and Elk Lake Resort, are the perfect course for your sled. Your dogs will return the next day (or several days later, if you want to extend your trip) to usher you home. Trail of Dreams trips from $75, mtbachelor.com.

Where to Stay

After a long day of exploration, the Sunriver Resort offers stylish relaxation in its river lodge rooms, where you can cozy up by the fireplace or head down to the outdoor hot tub for a rejuvenating soak. There's also an on-site spa, six restaurants, and the option to rent one of the larger private homes for groups. Plus, the resort offers a variety of adventures itself, from sleigh rides and moonlight snowshoe tours to an observatory and scenic flights from its private airport. In the summer, a whole new set of activities is available including golf, white-water rafting, fishing, and kayaking the Deschutes River. River lodge rooms from $299 per night (high season), sunriver-resort.com.

Need More Adventure?

Central Oregon is a haven for cold-weather pursuits, including cross-country and downhill skiing and snowboarding, as well as year-round rock climbing at Smith Rock (smithrockclimbing.com). You can also explore remote desert caves or take a moonlight snowshoe tour with Wanderlust Tours (wanderlusttours.com).

MUST HAVE GEAR

It can get pretty bright out on the trail, but the weather also changes as quickly as you can say “mush.” So to keep a clear view no matter the conditions, check out Mace goggles from Dragon with 100 percent UV protection. $130, dragonalliance.com.">

Dog Sledding - Central Oregon

The Alaskan huskies from Trail of Dreams (the only commercial dog-sledding operation in Oregon) train for this marathon event all season, racing through Mount Bachelor's wilderness to build up stamina.

The Alaskan huskies from Trail of Dreams (the only commercial dog-sledding operation in Oregon) train for this marathon event all season, racing through Mount Bachelor's wilderness to build up stamina.

Sailing - Charleston | Kitesurfing - Bahamas | Nightime Kayaking - Puerto Rico | Snowshoeing - Vermont | Dog Sledding - Central Oregon | Snorkeling - St. John | Surfing - Barbados | Hiking - New Hampshire | Snowcat Skiing - Utah | Zip Lining - St. Lucia | ATV Riding - Virginia

Adventure Rating: 4

The dormant volcano of Mount Bachelor is the heart of adventure in central Oregon, drawing avid skiers and snowboarders to its more than 3,600 acres of pristine snow-packed terrain every year. But if you really want to head off the beaten path, there's no better way to explore the backcountry than on an Iditarod dog sled. The Iditarod is the world's premier dog-sled race, covering more than 1,150 miles of Alaska's rugged terrain. The Alaskan huskies from Trail of Dreams (the only commercial dog-sledding operation in Oregon) train for this marathon event all season, racing through Mount Bachelor's wilderness to build up stamina. These dogs were born to run, and visitors can take advantage of Trail of Dreams' intense training on individual sled rides from the Sunrise Lodge at Mount Bachelor. It offers shorter one-hour trips in the meadows and valleys surrounding the mountain, but for a real adventure, book an overnight trip to Elk Lake Resort. You'll wind through the woods with your team of dogs to the rustic lodge, where you'll enjoy other active pursuits including snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or snowmobiling on the more than 250 miles of groomed trails in the area. These trails, which are maintained by local snowmobiling clubs and Elk Lake Resort, are the perfect course for your sled. Your dogs will return the next day (or several days later, if you want to extend your trip) to usher you home. Trail of Dreams trips from $75, mtbachelor.com.

Where to Stay

After a long day of exploration, the Sunriver Resort offers stylish relaxation in its river lodge rooms, where you can cozy up by the fireplace or head down to the outdoor hot tub for a rejuvenating soak. There's also an on-site spa, six restaurants, and the option to rent one of the larger private homes for groups. Plus, the resort offers a variety of adventures itself, from sleigh rides and moonlight snowshoe tours to an observatory and scenic flights from its private airport. In the summer, a whole new set of activities is available including golf, white-water rafting, fishing, and kayaking the Deschutes River. River lodge rooms from $299 per night (high season), sunriver-resort.com.

Need More Adventure?

Central Oregon is a haven for cold-weather pursuits, including cross-country and downhill skiing and snowboarding, as well as year-round rock climbing at Smith Rock (smithrockclimbing.com). You can also explore remote desert caves or take a moonlight snowshoe tour with Wanderlust Tours (wanderlusttours.com).

MUST HAVE GEAR

It can get pretty bright out on the trail, but the weather also changes as quickly as you can say “mush.” So to keep a clear view no matter the conditions, check out Mace goggles from Dragon with 100 percent UV protection. $130, dragonalliance.com.
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