• Whistlin' Lyd
  • Mutt race start ready to go
  • Centennial Race
  • Excited dogs at the start line
  • Centennial Race
  • Blizzard
  • Frosty faced mush dog
  • Many different kinds of spectators cheered on the dogs and mushers
  • Centennial Race
  • 1923 Dog Derby Awards

The Oldest All-American Dog Sled Race

February 19, 2021 to February 20, 2021

From 1917 when Tud Kent won the first American Dog Derby during a blinding blizzard to this year’s races, the running of the dogs in Ashton is an exciting event rich in history. There are 5 different races offered and a start/finish line full of activities including a celebrity race, a snowshoe race, and a weight pull in which spectators and their dogs can compete. Read more about the historical American Dog Derby's past

There are different races offered and a start/finish line full of activities including a celebrity race, a snowshoe race, and a weight pull in which spectators and their dogs can compete.

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2021 American Dog Derby

Due to snow conditions and COVID restrictions, the derby will be held at Bear Gulch. There is limited parking there unfortunately so limited spectator opportunities exist. Please visit the dogs and mushers at the community center on Thursday afternoon at check-in.