Ponderay is a city in the northwestern part of Idaho, lying just west of the Kaniksu National Forest, and is the entrance to the resort of Schweitzer Mountain. This pup-friendly city offers residents and visitors alike the ability to enjoy nature at its finest. And to keep your pup in tip-top health, the Pend Oreille Veterinary Service in town is ready for service!
A great place to take your fur-ever friend is the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail. This waterfront trail runs along the bay from Ponderay to the nearby town of Sandpoint. Covering a total of three miles roundtrip, this trail is perfect for dogs of any skill level as it is mostly flat and well-groomed. You will find runners, bikers, and strollers along the way, so be sure to keep Miss Fifi on leash for her safety. For a longer hike, the resort of Schweitzer Mountain opens its land to hikers and bikers in the summer to enjoy its 24 miles of trails. Many areas within Schweitzer allow dogs to run off leash. Be sure to pack plenty of snacks and water for either of these great adventures.
Head to Ponderay with your pawtastic friend for a memorable getaway.
The the town of Sandpoint, south of Ponderay, is home to the Dog Beach Park! Although not a typical fenced in dog park, this is where your fur-ever friend can play in the river and cool himself off. Fido is allowed off leash here for a super fun-filled day splashin’ with his friends. Afterwards, take your pup to Sandpoint City Beach Park which offers lots of hiking paths, picnic tables, restrooms and a swimming area. When you get hungry, you can dine at one of Sandpoint’s pet-friendly restaurants including Ivano’s Ristorante, Connie’s Café or Kokanee Coffee.
East of Ponderay, the town of Colville offers you and your pup outdoor activities at Little Pend Oreille Wildlife Management area. Explore the Mill Butte Trail’s 4.5-mile loop to the summit, or the 1.2-mile shorter boardwalk trail. Whichever you choose, you can view over 200 species of birds in the wetland or forested areas. Or try fishing in Potter’s Pond or on McDowell Lake in this wildlife area. For your convenience, there are potta-potties on-site and pups are welcomed here on leash. Just pack a picnic lunch, some water and binoculars for a pawtastic day!
Take your pup to the town of Trestle Creek, southeast of Ponderay, and enjoy a piece of nature’s paradise! This town lies on a scenic byway, so take the Trestle Creek Road to Panhandle National Forest, which leads you to the area’s best hiking trails and wilderness lakeshores. You and Fido can enjoy fishing or hiking, or you can put your boat in and take a lake cruise. This is a wilderness area without amenities, so plan accordingly. The nearby marina offers shops to look around in, and even an art gallery. There is camping on-site for those wanting a longer stay.
Dover City Park is the place to take your fur-ever friend within the city of Dover, southwest of Ponderay. Just west of the marina, this park offers nine miles of trails, including the Sandpoint-Dover Community Trail which runs to the town of Sandpoint. Take a walk with your pup and enjoy the day wandering through Dover. Or head to the marina and walk around the boats moored here. For a pawtastic day, why not pack a lunch to take with you? Don’t forget to bring plenty of water and clean up bags to keep this city’s trails and park pristine!
Priest Lake State Park offers an amazing 755 acres of outdoor adventure in the town of Coolin, northwest of Ponderay. You and your fur-ever friend can explore their miles of trails for either hiking or bicycling fun and there are places on the lakes where Fido can swim or wade in. Or why not throw in your line to catch some dinner on this stocked lake? You will find dedicated picnic sites to eat and a volleyball court for some fun. Pups are required to be on leash throughout the park. Be sure to pack plenty of water to share.