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Chadron is a small town with all the fixings! Located in Northwest Nebraska, Chadron is the pawfect place for pet parents with a taste for the open air. This college town is well-known for its affordability and tight-knit ties. Plus, it has a youthful population and lots to offer its residents. You’ll find a handful of local veterinarians available for emergency and everyday needs. You can even bring your precious pup along for lunch at the pet-friendly patio tables outside of Country Kitchen!
The Chadron Dog Park is a neighborhood spot for locals to hang out with their fur-babies. The hidden, fenced-in bark park has undergone a series of renovations recently, which shows the community’s appreciation for their four-legged residents! You should pack extra dog bags and water, however. Chadron as a whole has a generally pet-friendly vibe and a decent walkability score. This means dog owners can accomplish errands in the area on foot, and Fido gets plenty of much-needed exercise.
Chadron is nestled around a number of national and state parks, forests, and grasslands. Plus it is a great stop while on the way to the Black Hills – home of Mount Rushmore and over 5 million acres of beautiful mountains and forestlands.
The Chadron State Park, within the Nebraska National Forest, is just a few miles south of Chadron. Revered as Nebraska's first state park, this popular spot is a great choice for an outdoor adventure. Well-known for all its hiking trails and fishing spots, Fido is free to leash up and join you on the 5.2-mile walk around Nebraska's famous Pine Ridge. If that’s not enough to scratch your adventurous itch, lace up your hiking boots and immerse yourself in more than 100 miles of trails and old roads. The park also has camping options that the whole furry family can enjoy while basking nearly 5,000 feet above sea level!
Despite its small-town feel, Chadron has plenty to offer its residents. East Chadron, for example, is a part of town well-known for its cheap cost of living and fun, youthful vibe. For younger pet parents, the Chadron State College offers plenty of educational experiences and classes! Otherwise, you can take advantage of an activity full of history, which is a tradition with the locals: the Museum of the Fur Trade. Held mostly outside, this exhibit allows leashed pups to join you while you explore the indigenous fur trade of the area. Visiting the area? You’ll find tons of pet-friendly accommodations at reasonable prices in Chadron.
This state park offers an experience rich in history! Fort Robinson has served a bunch of interesting purposes; it was a fort in the old West days, and even a K9 Training Center once! With a colorful background to learn about and plenty of breathtaking sights to discover, the Fort Robinson State Park welcomes visitors for the day or extended visits at one of their cabins or primitive campgrounds! Pets are welcome to join you on your excursion, although you may be required to pay a fee for some accommodations. Explore over 60 miles of hiking trails with your safely leashed pup. The park is a 26-minute drive from Chadron and offers guests 22,000 acres of re-bark-able Pine Ridge views.
Searching for a great city to visit or even consider calling home? About 50 miles south of Chadron is the city of Alliance. Known for its charming hometown vibes and vibrant community, Alliance has plenty to offer pet parents. The local dog park, Wiggly Field, is flush with amenities for the neighborhood pups. In addition to a separate area for smaller dogs, drinking water, and clean-up bags, locals can find tennis balls, agility equipment, and even small wading pools! Want to see something extraordinary? Visit Carhenge (with Fido safely leashed, of course!) to see this creative replica of the famous Stonehenge.
Another excellent vacation destination for locals is the Buffalo Gap National Grassland. About an hour away from Chadron, NE, Buffalo Gap is located over the border in Hot Springs, South Dakota. The area spans throughout both states and has plenty to offer in the way of outdoor activities and sightseeing. The city of Hot Springs is also a great vacation spot! You can leash up and visit the famous Mammoth Site in town. It’s not recommended for larger dogs, unfortunately, as you’ll have to carry them or house them safely in a carrier while visiting the active dig site.
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