Nestled between the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains, South Lake Tahoe is a resort city in California located right along gorgeous Lake Tahoe. South Lake Tahoe originally wasn’t a town, but in 1965 the city incorporated nearby communities like Al Tahoe, Bijou, Bijou Park, Stateline, Tahoe Valley, and Tallac Village to create South Lake Tahoe. Gambling was once popular here, and by the 1950s, the roads were being cleared of snow year round to create access for the permanent residences. The 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley drew in a lot of tourists, and South Lake Tahoe has enjoyed the benefits ever since- as has its dogs!
South Lake Tahoe has six different veterinary clinics that your dog can visit and get a health check. If your pup loves to ski with you, then South Lake Tahoe is where you need to be! Dogs are welcome at the Tahoe XC, where there are two dog friendly trails you can explore. If you're more of a beginner, then check out Grass Lake Meadow where there are 3 miles of beautiful flat mountain that your dog can enjoy with you.
Since it is known for its tourist attractions, you won’t have to worry about finding a pet-friendly place to sleep when visiting South Lake Tahoe. Resorts like 3 Peaks Resort and Beach Club, Fireside Lodge Bed and Breakfast, and 4BD Heavenly Lodge are just a few of the dog-friendly hotels you and Fido can relax at.
The Bijou Dog Park is a great spot to take your dog for socialization and releasing some excess energy. The dog park is separated by small and large breeds, and has 38,000 square feet of fenced in and off-leash room to run. The park is grass, which is perfect for fetch, and has a lot of shade, benches for owners to sit on, clean-up bags, and water for your dog. If Fido isn’t in the mood to socialize, the two of you can still walk around and enjoy Bijou Park on-leash. If you and Fido wanted to grab some food after your park adventure, check out Sprouts Café, Meyers Downtown Café, or MacDuffs’ which all have outdoor patios and welcome your dog to join you.
Kiva Beach is a beautiful dog friendly beach in South Lake Tahoe that boasts gorgeous views of the mountains that surround it. This hidden beach may be tricky to find, but is worth the trip. Enjoy the sand and surf, picnic tables for a lovely meal, restrooms on site, and the trail that leads from the beach through forested areas. While on the beach, your dog needs to stay on-leash, as the Forest Service is very strict on the leash laws on the beach. While visiting Kiva Beach, bring water for your pup as there is none available, and be sure to clean up after him. If you’re looking for a pet-friendly place to stay around Kiva Beach, check out Lodgepole House or Fallen Leaf Campgrounds, which both allow your pup to stay with you.
If your pup needs some supplies, check out Dog Dog Cat, a pawsome retail store to take your dog for all his needs. Dog Dog Cat has toys, natural pet food, snack, collars and leashes, plus sweaters and dog shoes in case your dog gets cold in the snow. After some retail therapy, you can walk to three of the dog friendly restaurants located in Stateline. California Burger, Fire + Ice, and McPs Taphouse all welcome your dog to join you for a bite to eat and a good beer before continuing your day in Tahoe. There are also a ton of different hotels and resorts to stay at along Stateline that welcome our dog to relax with you. The Blue Lake Inn, Stateline Economy Inn, Stateline Lake Tahoe, and The Landing Resort and Spa are just a few pet-friendly places to check out when visiting.
Lake Valley is home to two dogtastic places to eat lunch and relax with your dog. Izzy’s Burger Spa has a huge outdoor patio with a welcoming staff that loves dogs. Locals love their food and say the owners are super friendly. If you have a special diet and need vegan food, you’re in luck here! Simply Bliss Vegan Café has outdoor seating that includes big bowls of water for your dog. The patio is shaded to help keep Fido cool, and all their food is animal free. If you’re looking to stay closer in town and away from the tourists, there are plenty of pet-friendly hotels to stay at in Lake Valley. Look at Motel 6 South Lake Tahoe, Colliwood Lodge, or Black Bear Chalet that all allow your dog to join you.
The Washoe Meadows Trail is in Washoe Meadows State Park and is a great place to take your dog for a hike. The trail is 5.7-miles long and is moderately trafficked. The trail is a one way, so once you reach the end of the trail, head on back the way you came. There is a 324-foot elevation here which will be easy on you and your dog. Remember to bring water on this hike for your dog, and watch out for the natural wildlife that is around. The trail is great for all skill levels, plus there are beautiful wild flowers to take photos of.