The Pagosa Paws Sled Dog and Skijoring races will held at the Toner Ranch northwest of Pagosa Springs the 23rd and 24th of February. It will once again be a splendid event held to the serenade of dozens of race dogs pumping adrenaline by the quarts.
This is a must see spectator event! Races start at 8:30AM both days, so show up early for the excitement as sled dog teams gear up for their start times. This winter dog sports event includes spectacular dog sled racing as well as Nordic skiing. Races include a 6-dog, 6 mile sled race, 4-dog, 4-mile sled race, 6-mile skijor race (dog pulls you on skiis) and a junior sled division. There is also a sportsman class offering a 4-mile and a 1-mile course for those who just want to try it out. To register as a racer, visit the Rocky Mountain Sled Dog Club website or call Jennifer Martin @ 264-9358. The Pagosa Paw Sled Dog Race will take place at the Toner Ranch in Pagosa Springs. The Ranch is located 15.5 miles north on Piedra Road from US Hwy 160. After crossing the Piedra River bridge, turn right on Taylor Lane. Go 1.7 miles to the race site on the left, there will be a corral and cattle chutes on the right. PLEASE allow enough time to reach this venue. The 17 miles is up a gravel road, so allow a good hour from town. Once you reach the race location, Taylor Lane loops back into Piedra road allowing easy access for larger vehicles and trailers.
The well trained dogs are so excited it takes several grown men to hold them at the start. When they let go, the dogs accelerate like a dragster!
A big thanks to the Toner Ranch for permission to run Nordic and sled dog races in this pasture with stunning views.