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Tips for Traveling with Dogs in Colorado

BY BRANDON ELLIS | August 19th, 2021

If you’re traveling to Colorado, chances are, you’re carving out time for outdoor adventure, which is one reason why Colorado Springs was named one of the top five most pet-friendly cities in the U.S. Whether you’re planning a solo trip with your furry companion, or simply don’t want your dog to miss out on the action, follow these tips to make the most of your pup’s next expedition.

1. Double-check Pet Policies

Before you pack your bags, check your airline’s pet policy and register your dog to fly. To avoid unwanted surprises at the gate, familiarize yourself with the part of the plane that is designated for pets. You’ll also want to make sure to book at a pet-friendly hotel and double-check their pet policies. Here at Cheyenne Mountain Resort, we welcome a maximum of two pooches per room. Just be sure to register your four-legged guests at check-in.

2. Pack the Right Supplies

It’s always a good idea to bring documents with your pet’s vaccination records—make sure their flea and tick shots are up to date. Of course, be sure to pack the essentials: doggie bags, a collar, a leash, dog food, a portable water bottle, and a pet first aid kit. If you plan to bring your dog along on hikes, consider a collapsible bowl and protective doggie booties. Depending on your dog’s experience with water, you may also want to pack a life vest if you plan on visiting any of Colorado’s dog-friendly reservoirs. For the best doggy paddling we recommend Stratton Open Space, just a short, nine-minute drive from the resort. At the top of the trailhead, you will find a crystal-clear reservoir that allows off-leash dog swimming.

3. Know Your Pet Etiquette

When you’re traveling with a pet, it’s important to remain respectful of the people around you. Keep doggie bags handy and dispose of any droppings properly. You’ll see doggie bag and trash can stations on the paths that wrap around the resort. Also, remember that not everyone has the same level of comfortability with animals. Never leave your dog unattended or allow them to jump on any people or other pets. When you’re hiking with your dog, stay on the trail and only in areas of the park where dogs are allowed, so that you don’t disturb the environment or wildlife. It is also best to keep your dog on a shorter leash so that other hikers are not surprised.

4. Research Dog-friendly Trails and Parks

Before you hit the trail with your dog, check out the park or trail’s pet policies. While many parks welcome dogs, certain trails and parks are off-limits to pets, with others only allowing dogs on specific trails. When choosing a trail, also consider the temperature and general exposure level of the hike. You do not want your dog to suffer from heat exhaustion or dehydration, so be sure to bring along a water source and a collapsible bowl. If you are not used to Colorado’s high elevation, neither is your dog! Keep in mind your pet’s endurance level, especially if you have an older dog.

While you’re in Colorado Springs, check out these parks with dog-friendly trails: Cheyenne Mountain State Park, Pike’s Peak, Red Rock Canyon Open Space Preserve, Garden of the Gods, Ute Valley Park, and Broadmoor’s Seven Falls. You can also give your dog a chance to run free at a local dog park. We suggest Bear Creek Dog Park, Cheyenne Meadows Dog Park, Palmer Park Dog Park, Rampart Dog Park, Vista Dog Park, and the Garden of the Dogs.

Please note, that the Manitou Incline, one of Colorado Springs’ most popular hikes, does not allow dogs and the Rocky Mountain National Park is also not accepting four-legged visitors at this time. If your Colorado bucket list includes a national park or trail that does not allow dogs, you will want to make alternative arrangements for your pup. Colorado Springs has plenty of doggy daycares such as Priority Pets and Camp Bow Wow.

5. Seek Out Dog-friendly Restaurants

While on vacation, you’re probably planning on eating meals out. Typically, restaurants with patios and outdoor seating will be your best bet. You can easily discover all kinds of pet-friendly restaurants in your area at Bring Fido. You will be delighted to know that Colorado Springs is a very dog-friendly city with many unique dog-friendly restaurants and breweries. Pup Dog is a favorite among locals, designed specifically for dog-owners with its dog-friendly indoor and outdoor seating, plus an outdoor play park for pets. Even if you don’t have a dog, a visit is sure to brighten your day. Your dog can also tag along for patio dining at Bristol Brewing Company, Phantom Canyon Brewing Co., and Pizzeria Rustica.

We’re proud to be a pet-friendly resort and can’t wait to meet your furry friends. Learn more about the Cheyenne Mountain Resort pet-friendly policies here.