Whether you are traveling to Avon on vacation, or you live in the area full-time, you will find it is one of the most pup friendly destinations in Colorado. Several dog parks, including the popular Nottingham Park, offer acres of land for you and your pup to get exercise and have fun in the middle of town.
When Fido needs a check-up, or if she is injured or sick, the friendly vets in the area will take care or your furry pal. Avon Pet Centre features comprehensive medicine including both conventional and alternative therapies. Vail Valley Animal Hospital is available for emergencies or to take care of your pup’s medical and dental needs.
A variety of pooch friendly restaurants are also nearby. Be sure to check out Gondala Pizza Bar and Grill where you and your pup can enjoy a lunch buffet or order off the menu and relax at the outdoor seating. If you are staying at the pup friendly Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa, walk over to Vin 48 for grilled shrimp in voodoo sauce and drinks with friends. The friendly staff will bring Fido a bowl of fresh water and a treat making your and your pooch feel welcome and not just tolerated.
Scenic views of the mountains and pup friendly sidewalks are key features of the Beaver Creek neighborhood. If you are visiting the area for the ski season, or during the beautiful summer months, be sure to stay at the Comfort Inn located in the center of town. Across the road from the parking lot of this pooch friendly hotel, you and Fido can spend hours playing in Nottingham Park. Although the off-leash area is not fenced, the wide-open area near the lake is perfect to allow your pup to run and romp. Benches, picnic tables, and porch style swings allow pup owners to relax while Fido splashes through the water. There are doggie waste stations located throughout the park – so make sure to clean up after your pup.
Located just a bit north of the center of Avon, the Wildridge neighborhood offers an excellent area to train your dog in an off-leash area. The Wildridge Dog Park is situated behind the main playground and provides pup owners an opportunity to let their pooch run and play as long as he is in voice command control, and you always have a leash available. Many serious canine owners in the neighborhood take their pup to the park to practice good off leash behavior and socialize with other pooches. Bring your own water bottles and be sure to clean up after Fido.
Centrally located in the Millers and Main neighborhood in nearby Edwards, pup loving residents and visitors enjoy spending time at Freedom Dog Park. Travelers who stop at the I-70 rest area will find the convenience of the park perfect to let Fido run around after a long drive in the car. The beach is a great place to let your pooch cool off on a hot day, or walking the trails that connect with other paths in Edwards are great for getting out that pup energy. If you want to socialize with both human and canine friends, head over to Crazy Mountain Brewing Company where your pooch can socialize with brewery dogs and enjoy a tasting or snack at the outdoor seating areas.
The dog loving tourist attracting area of West Vail is just 10 miles east of Avon in the neary town of Vail, and offers plenty of opportunities to spend quality time with your pup. Stephens Dog Park is a wonderful park with amazing scenery where your pooch can romp and run. Although the park is not fenced – there is open space away from the threat of traffic or distractions. While exploring Vail Village and Lionshead Mall you will appreciate the filled water bowls left near the doors of shops where business owners understand our pups are part of the family. Remember to bring doggie bags to clean up after your pup and waste stations are located all throughout the village.
Minturn is a quaint old mining town situated in the side of a mountain about 7 miles from Avon. The scenic drive, landscape, and architecture of the town can be admired while strolling along the main street with your pup. Dog lovers also enjoy spending a day exploring the Meadow Mountain Trail stretching over about 9 miles. Your pooch will have a snifftastic time romping through the wild flowers and climbing the rocks. The trail is also frequented by horse riders, so be sure to keep Fido under control at all times. If you need a place to stay while visiting, the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa welcomes up to 2 pups with an additional fee.