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Dog Areas in Steamboat Springs

29 Parks
11 Eateries
6 Groomers

Steamboat Springs is a classic Colorado mountain town. The area was named by early settlers for the local hot springs which made sounds somewhat like a steamboat. It punches above its weight class as a major vacation destination with many visitors eager to hike the dog-friendly natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains. The people who live here are passionate about their pups. There are 52 pet-friendly hotels in town, and the locals expanded the two dog parks in the city to six total off-leash areas. In case your fluffy friend needs healthcare, there are 9 local vets as well.

Steamboat Springs’ business owners often have in-store mascots that have the run of the place. The Elk River Pet and Ranch is a small, family-owned business with a huge selection of pet food, supplies, and more for large and small animals. Faithful companions Nugget, Zoe, and Yogi are the local dogs who run the store and will greet you at the door with wagging tails.

For the most fervent hikers with energetic canine pals, the Red Dirt Trail is a 12.7 mile round trip trail through open forest. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and backpacking, and is best used from May through September. The trailhead is accessible from Elk River Road and County Road 129, where you can park your car in the lot. Dogs must remain on leash during the entire hike, and you’ll need to pack in doggy bags. This beautiful forest hike has plenty of shade, but no creeks or watering holes to cool off hot paws, so be sure to bring plenty of water for your pawed pal.

Steamboat Springs is a lovely, laidback mountain town where canine companions are welcome just about anywhere. 

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Steamboat Springs

  1. Dog Parks 0
    Population Density 2/sq mi

    #1 Mount Harris/Battle Creek


    Mad Creek is a paw-pular, moderately-hard trail for hikers and their canine companions. The stunning view of the Rockies is your reward for conquering the hike’s initial ascent of almost a mile. For more adventurous people and hardy dogs who love a challenge, Mad Creek accesses the much harder 13-mile Red Dirt Trail during the ascent, but be sure to pack enough water before beginning either hike, as there is none available. Otherwise, hikers and their fluffy friends will be treated to a woof-derful view, a historic barn just right for a selfie with your favorite pup before taking the connecting bridge back to the Trailhead. There are a few nice stops along the trail perfect for a snack, but no doggy stations, so bring your own bags for the hike.

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  2. Dog Parks 0
    Population Density 103/sq mi

    #2 Steamboat Springs City Center


    Pups and people love the pawsome seven-mile Yampa River Core Trail. It passes all the way through the city as it follows and crosses the Yampa River. Along the way, you'll find picnic spots, benches and scenic overlooks. Parking and trail access are simple from the nearby Little Toots Park on 12th Street. The mostly flat and concrete trail provides access to the downtown area, and also links to a few city parks along the way. It’s easy to find water for your fluffy friend at the stopping points, but pack along some doggy bags as the stations aren’t quite as regular. Beau Jo's Pizza is a casual Italian restaurant where your pup can join you for a quick snack at one of the six pet-friendly outdoor tables while you rest and recharge before finishing your hike. Scratch is another reasonably-priced place that welcomes pups at outdoor tables in the downtown area while their companions grab a bite to eat. 

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  3. Dog Parks 1
    Population Density 105/sq mi

    #3 Route 40/Anglers Road


    The first dog park in the area was the Rita Valentine Dog Park, which is accessible from Highway 40 and Anglers Drive intersection. It’s not a traditional fenced-in area with small/large zones. Instead, this dog park is a large grassy open field with plenty of room to roam, play, throw Frisbees, and see nature up close. The backdrop is stunning, and there are a few trails for pups and pals to explore together. There is a dog-level water fountain, benches, shade, and dog waste stations in the designated off-leash area. After a fun day running around the Rocky Mountains, head over to the Backcountry Delicatessen, a dog-friendly place where you and your puppy pal can grab a breakfast sandwich to enjoy on the patio while relaxing and taking in the stunning views. 

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  4. Dog Parks 0
    Population Density 82/sq mi

    #4 Elk River Road/County Road 44


    You won’t have to leave Fido alone when you venture out for breakfast at Lil House Country Biscuits and Coffee. You’ll find warm, flaky biscuits and a steaming selection of coffee to warm you up on cold mornings as you sit outside and soak up the high-altitude sunshine. Moe’s Original BBQ also welcomes fur-iendly visitors at the popular southern barbeque restaurant. Doggos are welcome to dine with their human companions at the five dog-friendly tables outside. Yet another paw-friendly place is Storm Peak Brewing Company. You’ll find doggos and their people making new friends on the relaxing patio. If you find you need pet supplies, pop into Elk River Pet and Ranch for doggy bags, travel water bowls, and a large selection of pet food. 

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  5. Dog Parks 1
    Population Density 73/sq mi

    #5 Route 40/Catamount Drive


    Whistler Park gives pooches room to roam with three designated off-leash activity areas. The north portion is off-leash year round, but there are restrictions during elk winter season that require leashes in the south section to keep all four-legged creatures safe. Each off-leash area is clearly signed at entry/exit points with a map outlining the area and any restrictions in effect. Off-leash trail sections are available for a pawsome hike, but you and Fido must stay on the trail and within sight of one-another. After a fun day roaming through the forest, stop by Paws and Claws-All Things Pet for a treat. The family-owned small business has a great selection of top dog food brands, supplies, accessories, and treats to celebrate a fun day outside.  

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