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.
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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.