The town of Eureka is in northern Montana, and is surrounded by national parks and gorgeous nature. This small town is sandwiched between the Kootenay National Forest and the Glacier National Park. Here you can enjoy the small town charm of classic, rural Montana, while being close to the great outdoors. This combined with Eureka’s own veterinary clinic, means it’s a cinch to keep a healthy, happy puppy here.
In the northeast end of Eureka, lays the woofderful Ten Lakes National Scenic Area, and a variety of trails. The Bluebird Lake Trail is one of the favorites. This trail is about 4.5 miles roundtrip, and part of the 1200 mile Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail (or PNT). The trailhead can be found along Grave Creek Road, but if you hit the Canadian border, you’re barking up the wrong tree! Along this trail you can enjoy the sights and smells of a spruce-fir forest, stream crossings and rolling meadows. Leashed dogs are welcome!
If you and your dog are looking for somewhere to crash after all your adventures, head over to the Riverstone Family Lodge. This cozy lodge welcomes dogs of any size for a small additional fee.
All the pet friendly adventures and amenities in this town will have your dog’s tail wagging and you shouting “eureka!”
People and dogs of the North Eureka neighborhood love having a great urban park nearby to take a walk! This is Memorial Park, located on Dewey Avenue. This park is dedicated to the men and women who have and continue to serve in the military for their country. The park offers grassy areas under shade trees that our pooch will love to sniff and play on. Features of this family friendly park also include a restroom and playground. Dogs are welcome here of course, so get ready to make some furry friends! Your pup needs to stay leashed and get picked up after in this park, so don’t forget the waste bags!
The South Eureka neighborhood is where you can find the charming Historical District. It’s within this area that you can get to the well loved Riverside Park. This park has a pretty footbridge that crosses over a stream that branches off the Tobacco River. There are large grassy areas and mature trees in this area as well. In the summer you may even be able to catch the Eureka Farmers Market in this town! This park also connects to the Pacific Northwest Trail. The portion of this trail in the town of Eureka runs along the Tobacco River and is pawpular among cyclists, joggers, and dog walkers. Well-behaved dogs are welcome as long as they stay leashed and get picked up after.
The neighboring town of Rexford is located along Lake Koocanusa, and has some more great places to explore with your best pal! You can get to this town from highway 37, or you can walk all the way there along the beautiful Pacific Northwest Trail, which also passes through Rexford. The walk would take you about 2 hours, but if you’re not feeling it today the drive along the highway would take under 15 minutes. Once you arrive, you can head over to the Rexford Bench Campground. Here you can stay at one of the campsite near the river, or take a hike on the Hoodoo Trail. This trail leads to some impressive sand formations. Amenities in the campground includes modern restrooms, picnic areas and more. Leashed dogs are welcome on the campsites and along the trails.
From the nearby town of Libby, just over an hour’s drive from Eureka, you can access the famous Kootenay National Forest. The drive is worth it, because in this national forest you can find tons of trails to explore with your pooch! One of the great trails close to Libby, is the China Rim/Flagstaff Trail. This trail is just under 6 miles long, but is a relatively easy hike. The trails meanders through meadows and along a gentle ridge to the summit of Flagstaff Mountain. From there you can enjoy panoramic views of the Kootenay Valley and surrounding mountains. There are no amenities along the trail, so be sure to bring plenty of drinking water for you and your dog.
The small town of Polebridge brings you to another puppy paradise! This brings you to the most northwestern part of the Glacier National Park, and the closest portion to Eureka. While pets aren’t allowed on the trail and backcountry of this park, they are allowed in the developed areas such as campgrounds and roads, as long as they stay leashed. One of the favorite places to spend the night, is at the Kintla Lake Head Campground, on the shores of the crystal clear Kintla Lake. This secluded campground is under two hours from Eureka, and will give you and your pupper plenty of peace and quiet in the vast wilderness. Amenities include potable water and pit toilets.