Intro to Mushing/Purgatory Hourly Tours

General: Tours from our kennel at the base of Purgatory Ski Area Friday-Monday starting at 10am,last trip at 3pm.Great for the whole family and those wanting a taste of dogsledding. Two sleds are available per hour. Dress in layers and snow boots. Advanced booking recommended. Some say day trips available.

  • During the Holiday Season-December 22-January 4th, we are open 7 days a week 

The Dog Sled: Price of $195 is per sled.Two people or #375 fit comfortably on the sled with a guide. If under #375 we can add a smaller person or child for an additional fee of $50 (not to exceed weight limit, please).

 Meeting Place: Shuttles leave from Purgatory Guest Services Plaza. Arrive at the Plaza, pick up your tickets and shuttle will bring you to our Purgatory kennel, If you have your own vehicle, pick up tickets in the Plaza and Guest Services will direct you to our kennel about half mile down hill through the parking lot.

Timing: Tours last approximately an hour, depending on snow conditions. You will get a mushing lesson before getting on the sled, and you will finish with a hot chocolate after mingling with your dogs and giving them treats. A shuttle will return you to the meeting place.

Booking: Click on the link below to book using the Purgatory Reservation system or call (800)525-0892. If you have additional questions, please call (970)259-0694 and we'd be happy to help.

For large groups  of 8 more or other customization, call Gretchen at (970)259-0694.

Trips are non-refundable and reserved just for you!

Mush on the Brain/Half Day Tours

NOTE: Size of Sled!

NOTE: Size of Sled!

General: Half day tours are an excellent adventure for those who want to drive a dogsled through the San Juan Mountains. Two sleds go out per day at 9am, returning between 1-2pm. This is an exclusive and intimate trip through the forest. Dress in layer and wear snow boots. Tours go out daily and advanced reservations are required. Trips are non-refundable and go in all conditions. 

The Dog Sled: Price of $400 is per sled.Two people or #375 fit comfortably on the sled with a guide. If under #375 we can add a smaller person or child for an additional fee of $75 (not to exceed weight limit, please).

Meeting Place: You will need your own transportation. We will meet you at a designated meeting place in Mancos,Colorado , a less than thirty minute drive from downtown Durango on a major highway.We will call the evening of the trip to confirm meeting time and place and go over directions and last minute details. 

Timing: Tours last approximately 3-4 hours. The trip includes a mushing lesson and all participants will harness the dogs, drive the sled and return to the trailhead for a light picnic. 

Booking: Use the calendar below to book your trip. If you have any questions, please call (970)259-0694 and we will be happy to help. .

Trips are non-refundable and reserved just for you!


General Booking Policies:

  • The safety of the sled dogs is our first priority and your enjoyment as well. Thus, we ask that you adhere to the 375 lb. weight limit.
  • There is no age limit, the one hour tours are designed for all ages.  
  • Please dress warmly and in layers, we go out in all conditions. Sled dogs love snowy weather1

Payment Policy:

  • All reservations must be paid for – in full – prior to arrival.
  • All deposits and payments are nonrefundable unless we are able to fill your spot(s).
  • We accept Visa, American Express and MasterCard. 

Cancellation Policy:

  • All deposits and payments are nonrefundable unless we are able to fill your spot(s).  In some cases, on Half day tours, we may be able to issue a rain check if an emergency arises, but the dogs are booked out each day and ready to run. So booking a trip means we are ready for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions;

  • How much snow do you get?

Last year we got 24 feet of snow so you may want to bring a snorkel. 

  • Do you breed your dogs?

No, they breed amongst themselves and most of them are spayed and neutered.

  • How many dogs are at the Durango Dog Ranch?

Right now we have a small kennel of 30 dogs and we lease dogs from a neighboring kennel. 

  • Do you do kennel tours?

We do not have kennel tours right now. 

  • Where do you keep your dogs?

Our dogs live at our home, 15 miles West of Durango.