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Philipsburg is the county seat of Granite County. Since it’s nestled in Montana sapphire country, it should be no surprise that this small town has a rich mining history. Once silver was discovered in the 19thcentury, the town boomed. The state’s first silver mill was created and mining camps flourished. Today, visitors can still get a taste of the Old West by checking out the antique shops. You can even try mining for sapphires on your own! This pawsome place even has its own veterinary clinic.
Step back in time with a stroll down Broadway Street. After enjoying the quirky shops and the Old West vibe, mosey on over to Winninghoff Park Ice Rink and Arena. This quaint park gives your pooch the chance to feel the grass beneath their paws. They can leisurely sniff around and discover new smells, or take a couple laps around the field.
The Philipsburg Brewing Company knows that dogs make people happy. That’s why when you walk through the doors you’ll be greeted by a Brew Dog, or maybe even two! Your four legged friend is also able to join in on the fun. So bring your pup and enjoy live music and a tasty hand crafted beer, all inside a 19th century bank.
History, outdoor recreation, and friendly faces make
Philipsburg a furrific town for four legged family members!
If your pooch is begging for a walk, then grab the leash and head over to the Philipsburg Town Park. As the largest park in the community, it is a favorite spot for pets and people. It features sport courts, a playground, and a large open lawn area. After taking a couple laps around the walkway, let your pooch scamper around the grass field. Or, if they’d like to switch it up, make your way over to Shakey Park. It’s just a half mile up the road and it has more room for your pup to roam. Don’t forget to bring a clean up bag!
If you and your four legged traveling companion need a place to stay while in town, make a reservation at The Broadway Hotel. This beautiful hotel is smack dab in the middle of the historic district in a building that dates back to 1890. But don’t worry, the hotel has been updated and is as modern as it is charming. Since there is a limited amount of pet friendly rooms, be sure to book ahead and request a room that allows furry guests. Also, don’t forget to take advantage of the complimentary continental breakfast. You’ll need the energy to keep up with your canine sidekick!
If your pooch falls in love with Philipsburg, stay an extra night or two. Make a reservation at The Inn at Philipsburg and stick around to explore more of the area. Since it is located on the northern end of town, you’ll be out of the business of downtown, yet close enough to enjoy the historic district. This pet friendly place has motel rooms, as well as an RV park. So no matter how you and your furry friend are traveling you’ll find just what you are looking for. Your pup can rest up and be ready for the next day’s adventure!
Pack up your pooch and head to the Granite Ghost Town State Park for a unique walk. If you dare, walk around the remnants of what was once a booming silver camp and the richest silver mine on earth. At its heyday, the “Silver Queen” was home to 3,000 people. Your pup’s fur may stand on end as you pass the remains of an old hospital, the miner’s Union Hall, and Granite Mine Superintendent’s house. Since this is a state park, dogs must be leashed at all times. But that shouldn’t be a problem; this place is so spooky, your pal will want to stay close to your side!
Looking for a new place to take Fido? Just 20 minutes south of Philipsburg is the Anaconda community of Georgetown. Either settle in for a day on Georgetown Lake or hit the nearby trails with your four legged hiking buddy. Denton’s Point Trail extends for miles and miles. But you and your pup can follow the trail until your pal’s paws are ready to call it quits. Storm Lake Loop is another pawsome option. It follows the shoreline of an alpine lake and clocks in at just a mile. For a longer hike, take the Storm Lake to Goat Flats route. Lasting 3.5 miles, this trail will definitely tucker out your dog!
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