Mountain cultures cater to dogs, and dog friendly Breckenridge is no exception. The open spaces, rivers, trails, pet friendly shops and hotels make this town perfect for both you and your pup. In Breckenridge you’ll find that plenty of places and outdoor spaces welcome dogs, but here are a few in particular to sniff out.
Take a Gondola Ride
Not many people know that Breckenridge Ski Resort’s gondola is pet-friendly — and free. Plus, in summer, the parking lot at its base is free.
The gondola glides over Cucumber Gulch, a designated wildlife preserve, which provides a habitat for the Boreal Toad (which is state-endangered), moose, deer, elk, beavers, and even mountain lions. As a result, off-leash dogs are one of the greatest threats; by swimming in the ponds or chasing smaller wildlife, they have disturbed wildlife in the past, and so, while they can enjoy the ride over the preserve, they can’t actually go in the 77 acres of wetlands.
The good news: Dogs are allowed on every other town trail, so there are plenty of places to hike. And, once you reach the top of the gondola ride, dogs are welcome to wander around the Base of Peaks 7 and 8, or even explore up the mountain!
Hit the Trails
There’s no better reason to bring your four-legged adventure partner with you to Breckenridge than the amazing trail network.
Breckenridge is surrounded by miles and miles of hiking & biking trails that offer a fantastic variety of different terrain, elevation and of course difficulty levels.
While the trail choices are pretty much endless, we’ve picked some of favorites with dogs in mind.
- Southside Trail, off of Boreas Pass Road
- Moonstone and Sunbeam trails, accessible from Carter Park
- Sawmill Trail, off Four O’Clock Road
- Trail Forest, near Shock Hill
- Peaks Trail, off the parking lot for the trail, located near the edge of Cucumber Gulch.
Dogs are also allowed to follow the bike path, which parallels the blue river for a while, but they must be leashed, even when the paved path leaves the town limits. A map of the dog friendly Breckenridge trails can be found here.
Playing on the trail all the day can create some very muddy paws. The Self Service Dog Wash stations at Breckenridge’s Animal Lover’s Pet Supply have everything you need to get your pup in tip top shape. And, with two wash stations you never need an appointment.
If your furry friend doesn’t get their fill of the outdoors exploring trails, head to the dog park for a meetup with other local owners. There’s plenty of room to run and play at this free, off-leash space. The Dog Park is located at the south end of High Street, next to the Carter Park Pavilion, and offers almost one full acre of fenced-in space for your dog to frolic in. For a full run-down on dog regulations within the Town of Breckenridge, visit www.townofbreckenridge.com.
Follow the small signs to Carter Park, located four blocks east of Main Street, at the south end of High Street.
Within town limits, dogs must be leashed, but they’re allowed to walk pretty much anywhere (see restrictions under “where dogs can’t go”). Outside of town limits, dogs can run free, as long as they respond to voice command.
Most stores along Main Street, and Breckenridge in general, allow well-behaved dogs inside. If you’re not sure, just duck your head inside and ask. More than a few stores have their own dog-in-residence. One of the stores dogs are obviously welcome in is For Pets Sake Thrift Store, on 203 N. Main St. The thrift store offers everything from clothing and housewares, to books and art. The best part is all purchases benefit homeless pets in need, through the Animal Rescue of the Rockies.
Inside Tip – Dog (and human) treats at Cool River: This coffee house and bakery (now with a liquor license) offers homemade dog treats and for the human’s incredible homemade granola and baked goodies. In summer, kick back in the grass with your pooch and cool off with a smoothie.
There’s no better way to end the day than happy hour on a deck with a view! Consider these top dog-friendly decks in Breckenridge..
Broken Compass Brewing Company – A community-based taproom located directly next to the Brewery, boasting 12 Taps filled with original Broken Compass brews. With large communal tables and a shelf full of games, get ready to meet your neighbors and share good laughs and great beer. This dog friendly establishment allows pawed pals inside and welcomes you to bring your own human snacks.
Kenosha Steakhouse – Throw horseshoes and enjoy hanging outside with your dog. Incredible views and great draft beer makes this a popular deck in spring and summer. Human must try: sweet potato fries and any of the craft brews.
Motherloaded Tavern – Meet the locals and play a few patio games with your pooch in tow. Human must try: fried okra, cheese curds, and a bar boasting 19 house made infusions!
Burke & Riley’s – Views of Breckenridge Ski Resort abound at this local favorite. The large deck also has a fire pit for staying warm on cool Colorado evenings. Human must-try: combo appetizer basket.
Breckenridge Distillery – Hand Crafted Cocktails, indoor/outdoor bar, and expansive outdoor patio area with lawn games make this spot a must on your list. While the distillery may be known for creating award winning spirits, it’s the resident four-legged characters that often steel the show at this watering hole.
Pet-friendly lodging in Breckenridge
While some properties welcome any kind of pet, others have limited offerings. Check with the individual property for policies, and be sure to request pet rooms when booking.
Beaver Run – This ski-in/ski-out property allows most dog breeds for a fee of $40 per night/per room for the first dog, and an additional $20 per night/per room for the second dog. Advance reservations are required as not all units are pet-friendly. In summer, head over to the nearby Burro Trail, where your pooch can cool off in the little creek. Dogs are allowed on the property shuttle, so it’s easy to get to the dog park and beyond.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Breckenridge – Just across the street from the slopes, the DoubleTree’s location makes it easy for skiers to get back to their pets several times during a ski day. Pets up to 75 pounds are allowed for a $50 non-refundable deposit. This property is also within easy walking distance of the Burro Trail.
The Lodge at Breckenridge – Located on Boreas Pass Road, The Lodge has incredible views and nearby hiking trails that are perfect for getting pets the exercise they need. The dog fee is $30 per night ($50 per night at the Summit House) for up to two dogs; each additional dog will be charged $10 per night. Dogs are not allowed on furniture or bed spreads.
Tannhauser Lodging – Affordable and located right on Main Street, Tannhauser offers a handful of pet-friendly units.
The Village Hotel – Allows dogs in rooms only (not in condominiums) for a nightly $35 fee per dog, plus a $150 refundable damage deposit. Advance reservations for a pet room are required.
The Residence Inn Breckenridge – Conveniently located right in town, allows pets with a $100 nonrefundable deposit, but has no other restrictions on size our amount.
Boarding, pet-sitting and pet resources in Breckenridge
The Dog House offers dog boarding services including a standard kennel, hotel kennel, condo, or the mellow room, a large living room-like experience (including television!) for chill dogs. Daycare and grooming services are also available.
Where Dogs Can’t Go
About the only places dogs can’t hang out is: Cucumber Gulch (see above section under “gondola,”), Breckenridge Golf Course, the fields at Kingdom Park (near the recreation center), and the Riverwalk Lawn.
Otherwise, Breckenridge is just waiting to be discovered with four paws, so take your dog for a walk through the nooks and crannies of Breckenridge.