Dog sledding may be something you associate exclusively with subzero Arctic landscapes or impossibly exotic mountainous locations, but you can find it for recreational purposes just about anywhere there is snow. What this means for you is that the unique experience of Poconos dog sledding can be made a reality! See below for information on where to go dog sledding and you’ll be flying through the snow in no time. Want to discover more unique things to do in the Poconos? Download our free Vacation Guide! It’s filled with a variety of recommendations.
Where to Go Poconos Dog Sledding
Arctic Paws Dog Sled Tours offers the only Poconos dog sledding around, which guarantees a unique adventure. They base their dog sled tours out of Manor Sports. Arctic Paws provides two types of dog sledding tours—sled tours through the snow, and training tours when there is no snow.
Tours are available starting December 15th on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., and early registration opens on December 1st. Each tour lasts for about an hour. There is a professional photographer available on site who can take high-quality pictures of your experience, for an additional cost.
For a snow sledding tour, there have to be 4-6 inches of snow on the ground. This tour involves you learning how to drive the team of huskies, so expect to be active! As the tour requires participation, children must be at least 8 to come along, and 12 to mush the sled. Arctic Paws likens the dog sled tours to mountain bikes rather than rides because it can be bumpy and physical at times. Once the guides give you some basic training on how to control the sled, you will be sent flying through the snow as the team of energetic huskies pulls you along.
A training tour brings you along on a training run. These tours are available when there is no snow on the ground, but the Huskies are just as active, and they pull you in an ATV behind them, so this tour is still plenty of fun! During a training tour, you will meet and pet the friendly huskies, then learn about how the dogs prepare for snow sledding.
The dogs that pull the sleds and ATVs are mostly Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Huskies, with one Alaskan Malamute. All are considered pets of the owners and are treated accordingly. Additionally, more than half of the animals are rescues, so rest assured that this is a humane operation.
Recharge at Mountaintop Lodge
Our cozy lodge is the perfect place to come back to after a day in the snow. Whether you choose to pick up a cup of fresh coffee or steaming hot chocolate, curl up in an armchair in front of the crackling fireplace in the dining room, or return to your suite, you will warm right up in no time. The warmth you’ll experience at Mountaintop Lodge extends beyond the physical surroundings, though—we take care to go above and beyond for our guests, ensuring that you have everything you need for a comfortable stay in the Poconos.
Our suites feature luxurious beds and fine linens in quiet rooms. Some overlook our backyard framed by forest and others have views of the 60-year-old apple tree. Burnished wood floors are complemented by tastefully themed accents while maintaining a minimalistic feel. Your private bathroom is stocked with carefully selected bath products and thick Turkish towels. Mountaintop Lodge offers a tranquil place to unwind for a while and reconnect with nature—a wonderful home base for your stay in the Pocono Mountains. Browse our accommodations today, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!