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Durango, Colorado, is one of the best tourist destinations in the state for visitors with or without pets. The small community finds itself at the foot of the San Juan mountains and is surrounded by many magnificent sites. Furthermore, the city also has a lot to offer when it comes to historical sites, from the old railroad and mining buildings to various archeological digs.
The Durango area is perfect for the adventurous and outdoorsy type of people. The Animas River flows through the heart of the city and is a great destination for fly fishing, rafting, canoeing, and kayaking. The valley and the mountains also offer various hiking trails which can be explored together with your best, furry friend.
Dog owners that are looking for a quick round of exercise for their dogs should check out the Durango Dog Park. The park is a total of 6 square miles in size and is located on the lateral of the Smelter Mountain. Dogs can swim in the Animas River and run around without the confinement of a leash. There are several trails that run through the park.
There are many possibilities for lodging in town, even with pets. There are the more budget friendly options, such as Knights Inn and Travelodge, as well as more luxurious chain hotels like Doubletree and Quality Inn in town. It is also possible to rent a pet-friendly cabin, cottage or farmhouse.
Central Durango is home to Durango Dog Park, and if your pooch likes water, this bark park can’t be beat! Your dog can play in the Animas River if they’re feeling adventurous; if not, they can join you for a walk on the hiking trail within the park! Just make sure you watch out for snakes. Once you finish having fun at the park, head over to Dawg House, which serves over 30 types of hot dogs, for a bite to eat. Fido can join you on the large, covered patio. A leash is required at the restaurant.
If you and your pooch enjoy going for walks, grab a leash and head to North Durango’s Animas River Trail. This 7-mile trail provides gorgeous views of the Animas River, so make sure to bring a camera to snap some beautiful pictures. If Fido isn’t into long walks, maybe enjoy some shopping. April’s Garden, a local boutique and flower shop, will let your dog come shopping with you! You can purchase anything from local flowers to designer handbags to luxurious skincare. A leash is required at both Animas River Trail and April’s Garden.
San Juan National Forest, located in Durango, is full of fun for you and your pooch! This national forest offers many trails of varying difficulty, and your pup can join you on any of them – so long as he’s wearing a leash. After walking, head to the lake or river to see some of the most beautiful views Durango has to offer. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, consider camping out in the forest; just make sure you plan that ahead of time. A leash must be on your dog at all times while in the park.
Although Cortez is about an hour’s drive from Durango, your pooch will thank you for making the drive! Cortez is home to the fenced-in Cortez Dog Park, where your dog is sure to have a ball. This bark park is situated on a lake so that your four-legged friend can have fun exploring. Cortez Dog Park is also adjacent to a campsite, so if you play your cards right, you can turn a trip to the dog park into a fun camping trip for the whole family! A leash isn’t required at the dog park, but one is required at the campground.
Located an hour away from Durango is Pagosa Springs, and whether it’s your destination or you’re just passing through, make sure to stop and grab a bite to eat with Fido! Check out Pagosa Brewing Co. and Grill for award-winning craft beer and artisan pizza. The beer garden seating is dog-friendly; just make sure you have a leash. If you’re craving something sweet, head over to The Malt Shoppe, where you can get a humongous ice cream sundae. Fido is welcome on the deck overlooking the nearby river; just make sure you ask for some water for him. A leash is required.
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