HELENA, Mont., Jan. 25, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- If you're looking for adrenaline-pumping fun off of the ski slopes in Montana, consider adding a new kind of activity to your winter getaway—dog sledding. If you haven't set out behind a team of well-trained and high-spirited pups, prepare to experience one of winter's greatest thrills.
In Montana's Yellowstone Country, dog sledding excursions can be found near Yellowstone National Park.
Spirit of the North Sled Dog Adventures and Yellowstone Dog Sled Adventures offer guided tours in Big Sky and West Yellowstone, with guests having the choice of short treks (perfect for kids) and longer outings that allow them to learn to mush through the area's forested terrain.
For families, couples and friends looking for more off-slope activities to complement their winter adventures near Big Sky and Bozeman, there are ample chances to take a horse-drawn sleigh ride or wagon ride to dinner. Cache Creek Outfitters has heated sleigh rides to backcountry dining under Montana's star-filled skies. For an overnight stay, Lone Mountain Ranch has a sleigh and stay package that includes lodging, breakfast and a sleigh ride to the North Fork cabin for a family-style dinner.
If you've never been to Red Lodge, especially in winter, it's worth a trip. From skiing at Red Lodge Mountain to backcountry snowshoe treks into the Beartooth Mountains, this mountain town exemplifies winter magic. After cruising through fresh powder or strolling main street, end the night with a sleigh ride with Beartooth Wagon & Sleigh Rides.
Situated in northwest Montana's Flathead Valley, two dog sledding companies are well-equipped to take visitors out on an excursion through the area's snow-covered trees and trails.
From their home base in Olney, about a 25-minute drive from Whitefish, Dog Sled Adventures takes guests on a 12-mile loop through the Stillwater State Forest with a sled that's pulled by a team of Alaskan huskies on tours that are offered three times per day during the winter season.
Located near the shores of Flathead Lake – the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi – is the charming town of Bigfork and Base Camp Bigfork, a company that specializes in all things winter, including dog sledding, lodging, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
With a customized approach to their trips, Base Camp Bigfork allows guests to take a hands-on method where they can learn how to harness and care for their Inuit sled dog team, as well as drive the sled. To meet guests' interests and comfort levels, they have a variety of trips, including a half-day excursion, full-day adventure, a day with the dogs and an overnight winter camping trip.
Round out your winter dog sledding adventure with a sleigh ride at Bar W Guest Ranch in Whitefish — followed by hot cocoa in the main lodge — or with Cripple Creek Horse Ranch in Trego. Cripple Creek provides sleigh rides in one of the most beautiful parts of northwest Montana, followed by dinner in a warm canvas cabin.
Closer to Missoula in Western Montana, you'll find the Seeley-Swan Valley. Nestled between the Swan and Mission mountains, this area is home to thousands of miles of trails that are prime for snowmobiling, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, making it one of the best winter destinations in the state.
A cozy mountain retreat, Double Arrow Lodge provides winter lovers a peaceful and cozy respite in its lodge rooms and cabins. Plus, the resort offers horse-drawn sleigh rides that leave from the main lodge, followed by cozying up by the fire inside. For a romantic outing, the resort has an antique cutter sleigh that's perfect for rides for two.
Find more winter travel inspiration at www.visitmt.com.
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