Columbia Falls is located in Flathead County, Montana, right on the Flathead River. It's location is convenient for outdoor enthusiasts, as its only 17 miles from the Glacier National Park. In its beginning, Columbia Falls was a logging and agriculture hub housing mills and farms. Now it is a tight knit community with convenient access to pawsome outdoor recreation. If your pooch favors small town life, this is the place to be.
Even though Columbia Falls is on the smaller size, it is home to many parks. Treat your pup to a stroll through Riverbend Estates Park. With a large grassy area to check out, this park will definitely capture your pal’s attention. A small paved walkway runs along the east side of the park.
Pinewood Park is another furrific spot to take your pooch. It is home to the city’s public pool, but it also has plenty of room for walking. Large pine trees provide shade and picnic tables give you a place to stop for lunch.
For a small fee, the Glacier Travel Inn welcomes dogs of all shapes and sizes. If you are traveling in an RV, make a reservation at Cedar Creek Lodge and Conference Center or Columbia Falls RV Park. Both are dog friendly.
With such great hospitality, it’s no wonder dogs love Columbia Falls!
This area is has some puptastic parks just calling your pup’s name. Clip on his leash and head over to River’s Edge Park. As its name suggests, this park sits right on the banks of the Flathead River. Your pup can explore over 25 acres of grassy meadows, or walk along the river while enjoying stunning views of the nearby mountains. What a great place to get some exercise! Marantette Park is also nearby and features a large picnic area with grilling facilities, so bring the whole pack over for a summer barbeque. While you chomp down on a burger, your furry friend will absolutely love romping around the open lawn area.
If your pup is up for a challenge, follow the Columbia Mountain trail. This 12 mile round trip trail gains 4,000 feet in elevation and is rocky in some spots, so it is best suited for people and pets on the athletic side. Once at the top, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, Flathead Valley, and Glacier National Park. Of course, there is always the option to hike a smaller section of the trail and just turn around when your pal is tired. Remember this is bear country, so keep a close eye on your pup.
Just 20 minutes west of Columbia Falls is one of the best dog parks your pooch will ever encounter. Located in Whitefish, the Hugh Rogers WAG Park is five acres of pure canine fun. Besides the ample room for romping and running, this park features a pond for canine swimmers and a dog beach. If your pooch isn’t fond of water, she can try the agility equipment. Pet parents can either sit back and relax on the benches or get some exercise by walking around the paved paths. Shade trees and spectacular mountain views are added bonuses. If your buddy gets a little muddy, just stop by the pet washing station on your way out.
If your pooch is begging for an adventure, grab his leash and head over to the Danny On Trail. The trail starts at the base of Whitefish Mountain Resort, about a half hour from Columbia Falls. During the winter, this mountain is brimming with skiers and snowboarders. But during the warmer months, it’s the perfect place to hike with your pup. As you make your way up Big Mountain, you’ll pass through fir, spruce, and larch trees, not to mention the fields of wildflowers. If you choose to go all the way up, it’s about an eight mile round trip. If you’re pup can’t make it that far, just go until he’s tuckered out.
You can’t come to Columbia Falls without spending some time in the gorgeous Glacier National Park. Like most National Parks, this one only allows dogs in the parking lots and on paved roads. Fur-tunately, there is one exception to this rule. The Apgar Bike Path allows your pup to experience the rugged beauty of this area. The paved path starts at the West Glacier entrance and stretches about 2.5 miles to Fish Creek Campground. Your furry BFF can breathe in the crisp mountain air as he strolls down this wooded path. Since these woods are teeming with wildlife, you may catch a glimpse of a critter or two.