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Alamosa is a town settled in the San Luis Valley in Colorado. This city draws in loads of tourists every year because of its easy access to some wonderful wildlife and national parks. The valley is ringed by the towering peaks of the Sangre de Cristos Range, and has some North America’s tallest sand dunes just over 30 minutes away. The nearby nature provides many unique hiking and adventure opportunities. This, combined with the two veterinary clinics in town, make it a breeze for you and your dog to have the healthy active lifestyle you deserve.
Within the town of Alamosa, there are plenty of pawrific places to take a walk with your pooch! The Alamosa City Ranch Trail System includes nearly 8 miles of trails to enjoy. The trails are mostly located along the banks of Rio Grande River that runs through town. These trails include the 3.5 mile Twin Peaks Loops that surrounds the scenic Cattails Golf Course, and the 3.3 mile Maddox Loop featuring pretty footbridges across the Rio Grande River. Leashed dogs are welcome, just don’t forget the waste bags!
If you’re in town for a visit, you won’t need to look far for pet friendly accommodations! Check in at the Rodeway Inn for a place to relax after all your adventures with Fido. This hotel allows up to two small dogs per room for an extra fee. Just be sure to call ahead and make sure there are pet friendly rooms available!
With all of these dog friendly amenities and opportunities for adventure, it’s clear Alamosa loves dogs, and dogs love Alamosa!
Dogs and walkers staying in the North Alamosa neighborhood have plenty of pretty places to go take a stroll! One of these is Carroll Park. This big neighborhood park has lots of grassy areas that your pup will love to sniff and play on. The park also features restrooms, a variety of athletic fields and playgrounds. Leashed dogs are welcome, so get ready to make some furry friends and don’t forget the waste bags! After working up an appetite from all that playtime, go check out the San Luis Valley Brewing Company in the same neighborhood. Here you can enjoy a seasonal craft beer with your canine companion at one of the outdoor dog friendly tables.
Alamosa has shown love to the neighborhood dogs by creating the Lee Field Dog Park in the neighborhood of South Alamosa. This dog park allows for a safe environment for your pupper to run and play off-leash while enjoying some pawsitive socialization. This dog park has two separate fenced off areas, one for the large breeds and another for the little guys. There is an agility course, drinking water and waste bags available so all you need to bring is your dog’s favorite ball! The dog park has shady areas to cool down in as well after working up a sweat. Another park in this neighborhood is Boyd Park. This small urban park has grassy areas to kick back and relax on, playgrounds and basketball courts. Leashed dogs are welcome here!
Along the Rio Grande River in the neighborhood of East Alamosa, you can find what’s possibly the town’s favorite park, Cole Park. If you want to go for a heart pumping jog or leisurely stroll with your pup, this is a great place for it! This city riverside park has walking paths winding through it, and connects to the Alamosa City Ranch Trail System. This park is also known for community events, so you may be able to catch a free concert or festival in the summer! Leashed dogs are welcome as long as they get picked up after. If you’re looking for a place to crash in this neighborhood, check out the Alamosa KOA. This conveniently located campground allows leashed dogs, has free wifi, a pool and a pavillion.
Just 40 minutes away in the neighboring town is Mosca, you can access the iconic Great Sand Dunes National Park. This national park hosts a 30 square mile sand dune field, with five dunes over 700 feet tall. There are no marked trails in the dune field, so get ready for an adventure! It’s recommended to explore the dunes in the morning or evening to avoid hot sand and heat exhaustion. When you want to cool your feet and Fido wants to cool his paws, head down to the Medano Creek at the base of the dunes. This national park features some shady forested trails as well, including the Montville Nature Trail, the Mosca Pass Trail, and the Sand Ramp Trail. Leashed dogs are allowed in any of the main day use areas of the park, but not into the park backcountry.
To the west of Alamosa sits the Rio Grande National Forest, with endless hikes and mountain views to enjoy! This National Forest is accessible from the town of South Fork, just under an hour from Alamosa. The forest is nearly 2 million acres of varied wilderness landscapes. One of the pawpular trails in this national forest is the Cross Creek Trail. This relatively easy trail is about 5 miles. From here you can take in viewpoints of the majestic Del Norte Peak. Along this trail, you’ll also be able to see the largest tree in the Rio Grande National Forest. If you want to stay in this wilderness for while, head over to the Cross Creek Campground. This Campground offers campsites near the creek and has toilet facilities. Dogs are welcome through the trails and in the campground as long as they stay leashed!
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