Durango, Colorado is not only a great destination for human visitors – it’s also a paradise for man's best friend. There’s an average of 300 days of sunshine per year in dog friendly Durango and countless mountain trails that are perfect for walking, exploring, and sniffing.
There are lakes for swimming, dog parks for running around, and lots of sticks to fetch in the river. Many cafes and restaurants have outdoors patios where dogs can rest and the friendly staff will offer bowls of water. Plus, there are many choices for pet friendly hotels where you and your pooch can stay in comfort. If you are looking for a place to enjoy a getaway with man’s best friend, you’ll love Durango.
Things to Do with Your Furry Friend in Durango
When you visit Durango with your canine companion, there are quite a few great things you can do. Here are some ideas so that you can plan the perfect day out with your pooch.
Take a walk down the seven-mile-long Animas River Trail, a scenic paved pathway running alongside the Animas River.
Vallecito Lake is a gorgeous natural lake 18 miles east of Durango. In the summer you can rent a pontoon boat at Doc’s Marina and your dogs are allowed on board for an additional $20 fee. Take a look at our blog about The Allure of the Animas River and Vallecito Lake for more information on these great spots.
Visit the Durango Dog Park, a five-acre area where dogs can run free, frolic and swim in the river. It’s within easy walking distance from downtown!
Dalla Mountain Park is a beautiful National Forest area which has great pet friendly policies. The trails are well marked and the views are extraordinary. Dogs are allowed to be off-leash as long as they are under voice control.
Horse Gulch Trail System is another lovely place for a walk and is very popular with dog visitors to Durango and their owners. It's one of our favorites.
In the evening you can enjoy a beer at Ska Brewing Co. while your dog plays in the outdoor patio.
If you want to bring your dog along with you on your next visit, you’ll have many choices when it comes to Durango lodging. There are quite a few pet friendly hotels in Durango where you can stay with your four-legged buddy. O-Bar-O Cabins is a great option, as they don’t just tolerate dogs – they welcome them with comfy dog beds, yummy treats and a dog park where they can run and play.
The Rochester Hotel allows dogs in certain rooms for an additional fee of $20 per night. Gabriel’s Cabin is a quiet and secluded cabin in the forest and pets are allowed to stay with you with prior approval from the homeowner. Also, the Doubletree Hotel allows dogs for a $15 per night fee and is close to the Animas River Trail. Of course, camping is also a great dog friendly option as well if the weather is warm.
Enjoy your trip to Durango and make some great memories with your furry friend!
For more information on accommodations for your pet, check out Durango pet friendly hotels, Tips for Traveling With Your Pet in Durango, and 4 Tips For Traveling With Your Four-Legged Family.