I think we can all agree that the sweltering heat has been a bit overwhelming lately. However, one of the many perks of living in Colorado is being able to easily grab a little altitude and enjoy cooler temps. Be it for an afternoon or an overnight excursion, heading into the mountains can be a wonderful break — for you and your best friend.
Into The Woods We Go…
Ask any doggie and he’ll tell you that a ride in the car (even up and down the driveway) is a definite highlight of any day. But throw in an adventure to a land far away and you’ll have one happy pooch!
Out of the city, new smells of wild flowers and tall grasses permeate the fresh mountain air — and there’ll be no shortage of new sights and sounds as well. Millions of people around the world have to plan expensive vacations to experience what we have in our own backyard. Lucky us: we can simply get in the car and bring our furry and not-so-furry friends and family.
Dog Friendly Mountain Towns
Pet friendly towns and hotels are no longer few and far between. Many areas now actually encourage owners to brings their dogs and boast special events, hiking trails, and an assortment of canine perks. For example, Summit County — only an hour and a half drive from Denver — promises you and your furry friend a great time.
Just one of the ways that Keystone Resort puts out the welcome mat for pets is with the afternoon Yappy Hour with drink specials for the humans and a complimentary blue dolphin hydration bowl (water) for your dog.
In the town of Breckenridge, the specials include a people bakery that offers homemade pooch treats; the Carter Park Dog Park with plenty of room to run and play in a free, off-leash space; and a number of pet-friendly outdoor restaurants and lodging options; as well as the Burro Trail, where your pooch can cool off in the little creek. Dogs can ride the shuttle — even better than a car ride!!! — so it’s easy to move about the area. The best of the best? Breckenridge Ski Resort’s gondola is pet-friendly — and free.
Plan ahead and check out the specific area you are planning to visit. There are times and places that require pups to be on leash so make sure you’re prepared to get the most from your outing…and CHILL!