A Steamboat dog knows where the fun is; jumping into the refreshing Yampa River in a swimming hole behind Bud Werner Memorial Library is a favorite pastime. Furry pals love to hike alongside (and mostly ahead of) their owners up the easily accessible Mad Creek Trail or towering above downtown Steamboat on Emerald Mountain.
Two off-leash dog parks mean more exercise for your pup.
Rita Valentine Park has a perfect view of the massive Mount Werner with networks of trails and plenty of dogs to play with. Spring Creek has a pristine pond ideal for getting comfortable in the water, and sits at the trailhead of the popular Spring Creek Trail.
Steamboat’s pet stores cater to the active dogs, and you’ll find a variety of gourmet chow as well as flotation devices for the water dog and booties made for romps in the snow.
Dog-Friendly Lodging and Businesses
Steamboat has a variety of hotels that cater to the traveling pet, from luxury slopeside to affordable riverside in the heart of downtown Steamboat.
With a pet in tow, it’s easy to navigate around town by foot as the Yampa River Core Trail is the perfect pathway to all of the entertainment and culture abound in downtown. It just may be the perfect spot for your pet to meet a canine friend or take a drink from the cool, refreshing Yampa River.
Some stores including the historic F.M. Light and Sons in downtown Steamboat will let pups shop right alongside their owners, and many locations have even a treat or two ready for your dog.
If you’re in town for the Yampa River Festival, the Crazy River Dog contest is the perfect chance to practice those water fetching skills.
Twice each year before the Old Town Hot Springs lap pool is cleaned out, it’s a furry free-for-all as dogs from near and far have the chance to paddle around the pool. View Spring and Fall Poochy Paddle events.
During the century old Winter Carnival held each February, there’s no more entertaining tradition than the Doggy Dash, in which dogs pull kids on sleds in a mad dash for the finish line.
More on Dog Town USA
For more on what makes Steamboat Springs Dog Town USA, read about the honor bestowed upon the town by Dog Fancy magazine: