Mush with the puppies at Lake Tahoe! Several companies offer dog sled rides through the deep Tahoe snow. This is a great opportunity for both children and adults, since the dogs are professionally handled and will take you to places not normally seen by the average Tahoe visitor.
Wilderness Adventures Dog sled tours offers one-hour adventures with their group of eager huskies and experienced musher Brian Maas. They operate seven days a week (weather permitting) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They also offer moonlight tours. The rates run from $45 for children to $95 for adults and children over 60 pounds on Monday through Thursday and $55 for children and $110 for adults on Friday through Sunday. There is a $125 minimum per sled.
Wilderness Adventures also offers a Wilderness Expedition during the week with an opportunity to learn how to mush your own sled. The expedition lasts about two hours with over 15-20 miles of terrain running.
The beautiful Hope Valley lies right next to Highway 88 just south of Lake Tahoe and Meyers. This area has remained relatively unchanged since the 1850s and is still a great place for some hiking, kayaking, and peace and quiet. Husky Express Dog Sled Rides operates in this peaceful valley and trains a team of happy huskies who will take you on sled tours of the valley and local mountains. Musher Dotty Dennis offers one-hour tours on sleds that can hold up to two adults and two children.
The sled rides are by reservation only and cost $240 per sled. A boxed lunch is available for an extra $10.
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