Kalispell is more than a great name and gorgeous city, it also serves as the county seat of Flathead County, Montana. Kalispell is one of the larger and more vibrant cities in the Northwest region. Kalispell is a great place to start and raise a family, and a family needs a staunch defender. It does not (or should not!) come as a surprise that on average there is one dog for each 50 citizens in Kalispell.
It's quite possible that Rover and Fido will have the time of their lives in the Hugh Rogers WAG Park in the neighboring city of Whitefish. The park, which is over 5 acres in size, opened in 2009 and has been widely popular. It has been heralded by locals, and reviewers, as one of the best dog parks in the entire country. The paved walking path through the park offers a relaxing stroll while the dogs can frolic off their leash.
The Hugh Rogers WAG Park is the first dog park in the Flathead Valley, and its success sparked the interest in opening a similar, off-leash dog park in Kalispell, Montana. The non-profit organization Paws to Play was founded in 2010 to raise funds for Kalispell to have its own dog park.
Are you planning a short stay to Kalispell to experience the Glacier National Park or visit the Blacktail Mountain Ski Area? Your furry friend is more than welcome in one of the many pet-friendly hotels such as Red Lion Hotel and La Quinta Inn & Suites.
Surrounding the city center is the East Kalispell neighborhood, home to Woodland Park. This pawsome green space offers flower gardens to sniff, a playground to people watch, picnic areas for lunch, and even a lagoon to explore. In winter, the pond offers ice skating, and a warming hut is constructed. For a more rigorous hiking experience, jump on the Great Northern Historical Trail for 22 total miles of a rail to trail experience across Montana. This trail follows US 93, so take it either way for a true outdoor adventure.
Lone Pine State Park in the western part of Kalispell offers 270 acres of natural woodlands. This sprawling area overlooks Flathead Valley, and features many miles of trails for hiking and biking. While there is a small fee to get into the park, your pup will be dazzled by the amount there is to see and sniff! While there are amentitied like restrooms, picnic areas, available water and grills, your dog will likely pull you down a nature trail full of wildlife and flowers. Be sure to keep your pup leashed, and beware of the horseback riders!
Northridge Heights residents truly enjoy living in this neighborhood. It is boasted as one of the best neighborhoods to call home for both humans and their fur balls. Residents spoil their pups by taking them for a walk over to Northridge Park, a huge green space in the neighborhood. Although it does not have any amenities, it offers a large area to run around off-leash. Another park to check out in the neighborhood is Sunset Park, a wide open park with trails to walk around as well. Sunset Park is off leash friendly, so you can both run and stretch your legs freely!
South Meadows is a smaller neighborhood in the city of Kalispell, with a bit of a unique shape to it! This just adds to the enjoyment that residents and their pups get from leashed neighborhood walks. The journey is never boring! South Meadows residents and their pooches enjoy spending time at Begg Park, where the city has recently built a dog park called Paws to Play! The 3.5 designated acres are completely fenced in with separate areas for large and small dogs, and also features waste stations and benches for tired owners! The park asks that all dogs who enter have valid id tags and rabies vaccinations.
The neighborhood of North Haven allows residents quick access to Grand View Park, a real hot spot for dogs and their owners! This particular park features plenty of trails through treed areas to explore! Running through the park is Stillwater River where your pup can have a cool dip. This park has lots of wildlife and birds and is highly rated! Residents do warn that the park has no designated parking available. Take a long walk to get there, or park in the nearby community college and have a pawsome day in the sun.