Pagosa Springs may be small, but luckily, the town’s residents and government have made dog-friendly spaces a priority. The town has six parks, and each allows leashed dogs to play, even providing doggie clean up stations in each area. Each park offers scenic views of the surrounding mountains. Yamaguchi Park borders the San Juan River, and even has a kayak/raft launch! The River Center Park also is located next to the San Juan River and features two man-made ponds – perfect for ice skating and fishing.
The local humane society offers an off-leash dog park that can be accessed with a nominal yearly fee. Open from May to December, the 1-acre fenced-in area has separate sections for different-sized dogs, as well as benches, shade, toys, and water stations.
Pagosa Springs is renowned for its’ natural and geographic features, like the deepest geothermal hot springs in the world that give the town its’ name. Since 3 million acres of forest and wilderness surround the town, the outdoor opportunities are abundant. For shorter and easier options, check out Treasure Falls and the Piedra River trail. Both feature stunning views of waterfalls and rushing rivers. The Fourmile Falls trail is a longer local favorite, covering seven miles when done out-and-back.
This neighborhood is dog-friendly and has a great place for you and your pooch to camp. The Pagosa Riverside Campground is located on the San Juan River. Dogs are allowed at this campground site as long as they are on a leash when outside of any vehicle. There is a great view, and all of the campground sites have picnic benches with large shaded areas. You will need to bring water and doggie bags for your pooch, as the campground does not provide them. If you need a little getaway in nature with your best pal, head on down to Pagosa Riverside!
The dog-friendly city of Piedra, which is located 22 miles from Pagosa Springs, has a really cool, fur-iendly camping spot: the Sportsman’s Campground and Mountain Cabins. All dogs must be kept on a leash at the campgrounds and cabins. There are no pet fees for your pooch to stay with you here, though. Your pooch can explore this spacious, shaded campground with you by their side. Be sure to bring water for you and your pooch, as well as doggie bags for the clean-up. A quiet walk with your pup in a wonderful nature setting is always a great experience!
This neighborhood is very dog-friendly and also has great dining op-paw-tunities for you and your pup. Farrago Market Café is a small diner that has spacious outdoor seating. The patio area, which is well-shaded, is a lovely place to enjoy a meal with your darling dog at your feet. This is the only restaurant patio that you can find in this area that is dog-friendly. The diner also serves up a good variety of food to choose from. You and Fido will be spoiled for choice at this wonderful cafe, which is just a skip and hop away from central Pagosa Springs!
In this neighborhood, you and your pooch can enjoy a meal and a cold brew together. The Pagosa Brewing Co. & Grill is happy to welcome your furry friend. This brewing company serves Colorado craft beer and has a bar and grill menu that serves up all your favorites! The beer garden seating is just pawfect for your four-legged friend. If you want to enjoy an afternoon or evening with your pup in a comfortable setting, The Pagosa Brewing Co. & Grill is a good place to visit. The staff is also very accommodating to dogs as well! Be sure to grab your pup’s leash and some water in case they get thirsty.