The town of Breckenridge is known for its skiing resorts, and offers plenty of trails and snowy hills that double as a summer hikes. This means that whether your pup is in his winter or summer fur coat, he will be more than happy to go out with the numerous seasonal activities found here. For extra comfort for animal lovers, the town boasts three animal hospitals to ensure that any mishaps can be treated right away.
In the summertime, you and your pup can travel to the Carter Dog Park. This fully fenced-in park offers two double-gated entrances and sitting benches to enjoy while your dog plays. There's a shaded area, a hose and bowls for water, clean-up stations, and trash bins at the park.
If winter is the time you want to head out, then the Breckenridge Nordic Center is a dog-friendly option that has a cross-country ski trail and two snowshoe trails that allows your pup to come along. As long as your dog is obedient to verbal commands, he can remain off leash. Plus, what pup wouldn't like to go dashing through the snow?
Breckenridge has plenty of food options too, like the Oscar's of Breckenridge, The Crown, and The Ember all have outdoor dog-friendly seating. All these pawtastic options will leave you and Fido rolling over and begging for more!
The Weisshorn neighborhood lies on the southern edge of the town, and offers plenty of fantastic hikes and trails to be used by all, including Fido. One of those paths is the Boreas Pass, a rails-to-trails project that has converted old railroad tracks into hiking trails. The path is 19.8 miles long, dog-friendly, and is perfect for any skill level. Even if you're not a hiker, the beginning of the trail will offer a short hike to get some exercise, and see some beautiful wildflowers and old railroad landmarks. After a walk, if stomachs are grumbling, then get a bite at Empire Burger, which offers the best burgers in Breckenridge and dog-friendly outdoor seating with water.
The neighborhood of Ski Hill Road is the place to be for pawsome hiking opportunities. Heading to Cucumber Gulch Wildlife Preserve is a beautiful option that offers a short-term hike for you and Fido. Your pup must remain on a leash, but can enjoy the 2.9-mile walk with scenic views of the mountains and some wildlife sightings. If you need more to tackle your pup's energy reserve, take a stroll over to the Blue River Bikeway, an 8.9-mile hike that starts in this neighborhood, heads north along the Blue River, and ends at the Blue River Arm. Fido must remain on a leash, and humans should come prepared with clean-up bags and water.
Looking to play in the snow? The Gold Run Nordic Center in the Highlands neighborhood understands, which is why they have dog-friendly trails and ski options. Paths include intermediate and beginning trails, and the center even offers a dog-friendly training course for you and Fido to learn some skiing basics. Dogs are allowed off leash here as long as they remain under voice command. If you're visiting, you don't have to worry about pet-friendly hotels, since the Ski Country Majestic Lodge allows dogs of any size to stay with a pet fee, and even offer a gift to Fido when you and your pup check-in.
If you're residing or visiting the Bekkedal neighborhood of Breckenridge, the best trail to start with is the Spruce Creek Trail, a 6.2-mile trail for moderately-skilled hikers and dogs. Dogs are welcome on the path and must remain on leash, but can travel to the Mohawk Lake and Continental Falls at the end of the trail and enjoy some beautiful views and excellent waterhole in the summer. Another moderate path in the neighborhood includes the Crystal Lakes Trail, an 11-mile dog-friendly path. The trail starts at Spruce Creek Trailhead near Crystal Creek and leads past both the Lower Crystal Lake and the Upper Crystal Lake until it reaches the Sourdough Gap.
The Warriors Mark neighborhood may sound a bit intimidating, but it's really not. The community is stationed at the south end of town, and has multiple parks for you and Fido to enjoy. The High Line Railroad Park features a dog-friendly paved trail, and the scenic No. 111 locomotive sitting in the park. Right next door is the Rotary Snowplow Park, a spot with a more open space for Fido to be able to run around and play, or relax under the shady trees. Fido must remain on a leash at both parks, but has access to benches, trash bins, and water fountains.