Your Guide to Visiting Breckenridge with Your Furry Friend
Living the outdoor lifestyle goes hand in hand with owning a dog. Dogs are the perfect outdoor companions, always ready to go without getting dressed or primped and eager for any adventure you choose regardless of the weather. If you live here, odds are high that you’ve got at least one four-legged friend you share your home with. Likewise, many second homeowners and visitors own pets and like to bring their pets along to enjoy the Breckenridge high country. Our dogs of Breckenridge guide will help you and your dog have his best day while in town.
- Dog Park: Let the dogs run wild and leash free in the dog park section of Carter Park. To prevent park closures, always pick up after your pet!
- Wag down Main Street: Water bowls on the sidewalk and coffee shops with gourmet pet treats can be found on Main Street. Most of the stores and boutiques don’t mind you browsing with your doggie, but always ask first. When it’s time for a break, check out the beer garden at RMU for a pawsitively authentic Breckenridge experience.
- Not only are Gondola rides free, but dogs are welcome to ride as well! In the summer, unload at the top and explore bases of Peaks 7 and 8 or take a walk further up the mountain to hunt for wildflowers.
- Almost all trails in Breckenridge and the surrounding area are pet friendly. The Breckenridge Rec Center has put together a map with important information for dog owners. Trails include Peaks Trail, Illinois Creek and Sawmill.
- Rec Path: Dogs are invited to enjoy the rec path, but must be leashed at all times, even outside of town limits for the safety of your pet and those enjoying the path on bikes and skates.
Dining with your dog: Dogs are not allowed inside some restaurants, but if the weather is beautiful, you’ll want to dine on one of the countless patios in town anyway. Almost every dining establishment in Breck has an outdoor dining section and most welcome polite dogs to sit quietly while their humans have a meal. Always check with the host or an employee for the dog-friendly status if you’re not sure.
Dog/pet supplies and services: Premium food, toys and just about any kind of outdoor doggie gear you can dream up can be found at the local pet supply store or another nearby Summit County shop. Muddy paws and fur can be shampooed at the self-service dog wash at Animal Lovers. Should your dog become ill or injured, there are several clinics in the county including the Breckenridge Animal Hospital.
Dog lodging: As much as Breckenridge loves dogs, pet-friendly lodging is the minority and fills up fast, so book well in advance. The Breckenridge DoubleTree and Residence Inn both welcome pets as well as some of the private vacation homes. Choose the “pet friendly” amenity when doing your lodging search.
Dog boarding and daycare: Maybe you aren’t able to secure pet-friendly lodging or just need daytime care for your dog, The Dog House provides overnight and/or day care.
Don’t bark up the wrong tree: Dogs are welcome almost anywhere in Breckenridge but beware of the few places where dogs are strictly prohibited: Kingdom Park (next to the Breckenridge Rec Center), the Riverwalk Center lawn (tempting but off limits), the Breckenridge Golf Course and the wildlife preserve and Cucumber Gulch.
Responsible Dog Ownership
- Keep Breck Doody Free! Dog waste stations can be found all over town. Pet waste degrades the community and is a health hazard. Always pick up after your pet.
- Leash law: Dogs must be leashed anywhere in the town of Breck and on all sections of the Rec Path. On county trails and outside of town limits, dogs must be under 10-foot voice-command control or on a leash. Very few dogs are trained well enough to resist a chase when surprised by wildlife or other dogs. Because dogs have been involved in tragic accidents with moose and hiking falls, the best practice is to always have your dog on a leash while enjoying the outdoors in Summit County.
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