Before taking off around the world, I spent five years in sunny Colorado, two of which were with Luna. So it’s probably about time that I gave you guys a breakdown of dog-friendly Colorado.
Without further ado, then, dog-friendly Denver, Breckenridge, and Colorado Springs:
In mid-October, Luna and I took a much needed vacation to the nippy, lovely, snow-dusted Rocky Mountain town of Breckenridge, where we took long afternoon naps, hiked slick mountain trails, and, in her case, got covered in dust and dog drool at the local dog park. A much-needed vacation for me and I like to think a way fun vacation for her (mostly because of the dog park part).
We were only there for a long weekend, but here’s our breakdown of dog-friendly Breck.
Pet-friendly hotels in Breckenridge
Luna and I stayed in the rustic Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge—a place known for its majestic views and, now, its dog-friendliness. Seriously, though. There are like fifteen dogs there that weekend, ranging from a snowy white Schnauzer with jewels in her fur to a rare golden shih tzu to some much bigger mutts. Luna was, quite understandably, thrilled to find that every time we walked out to the puppy potty area, we met yet another fuzzy friend.
We also loved that the front desk staff lavished some love and treats on Luna as soon as we walked up to the check-in desk.
Prices start around $100 per night plus $20 pet fee per pet per night (for up to two dogs).
Breckenridge’s dog park!
Carter Park, located not so far from Main Street (if you’re coming into town from the north, hang a left on Adams and then a right on High Street) isn’t just a trailhead and tennis court area. It’s also home of, you guessed it, a big, dusty, fenced dog park! The dogs in Breck tend to be on the bigger side, but they were all gentle with Luna when we were there. And there’s plenty of room to toss a ball and let your dog run wild and free.
Eats and drinks
In the summertime, many of the local restaurants have outdoor patio spaces where you and your pooch can grab some grub. In the fall, spring, and winter, things are a little more challenging, since, sadly, the US hasn’t caught up to Europe in the whole allowing-pets-in-restaurants thing. That said, Breckenridge is definitely a dog town, so if you see some patio seating, chances are your dog can join you in that outdoor space.
Tucked back off the main street is a charming little doggie boutique (with two friendly, fluffy poodle mascots) called Goochi Poochi & Me. If you need a sweater, a leash, or just a poodle snuggle, this is the spot for you.
We (luckily) didn’t have to pay the vet a visit, but just in case you do, the Breckenridge Animal Clinic is just off Highway 9.
Luna and I stayed with a variety of friends during our time back in Denver and, of course, we rented rooms and houses back when we lived here, so we can’t speak from personal experience. However, I’ve heard good things about Hotel Teatro. Or you can always rent an apartment or couch surf.
Luna’s favorite park
We used to live near Wash Park, which is a perfect spot for dog walking, particularly if you want to socialize with other dog walkers. City Park is also pretty nice, though it tends to have a bit more by way of riff raff.
Eats and drinks
Sadly, most of my favorite Denver restaurants are not pet-friendly (unless your dog is an ESA or therapy animal, in which case the patios at places like Crepes and Crepes would be happy to accomodate you). That said, CBS made a list of pet-friendly patios. So did bringfido.com.
Our wonderful, wonderful Denver vet is Dr. Herman of Belcaro Animal Hospital. He is made of magic.
Dog-friendly Colorado Springs
Luna and I didn’t spend much time in Colorado Springs, but whenever we did make the trip down south, our favorite restaurant was NOSH. It’s located downtown and has a large, sunny pooch-friendly patio. My aunt and I used to meet down there and bring the dogs whenever we could.
Interested in Colorado? This guide is for you.