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Telluride is going to the dogs (and that’s good!)

Added: Aug 20, 2019
Category: Explore Colorado

Telluride is one of the most dog-friendly destinations around, and when planning a trip to the area, your four-legged pooch will be welcome to travel along; the Telluride dog-friendly accommodations have even been recognized nationally.  In 2014, the town was awarded the “Paw of Approval” from National Geographic’s The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel.  You will see dogs everywhere, walking on Main Street with their owners, hiking happily alongside on the trails, and even riding the gondola!

Here’s how Telluride welcomes its furry friends.

Dog-Friendly Businesses

On Main Street, there is such a thing as “puppy parking”—designated spots to leash your pooch while you go shopping, including complimentary waste bags. Many of the stores are hospitable to dogs, providing treats and water bowls. And it’s not just retail shops; here is a list of dog-friendly restaurants and dog-friendly bars that allow animals on the patio.

Plenty of Green Spaces

The locals will tell you everyone is super-conscientious about cleaning up after their dogs, making for a harmonious environment for everyone to enjoy. Just off of Main Street is the Telluride Town Park, a great place to play a little Frisbee or catch. Gondola Plaza is another popular place to exercise dogs. Just beyond the Park is the Riverwalk, the walkway beside the San Miguel River—perfect for your dog to splash around in on a summer day. And of course, the San Juan mountains and its endless trails are so popular with pet owners, there’s even  a dedicated website to the best hiking trails for dogs in Telluride.

Doggie Transportation

One of the coolest experiences (and epic photo ops!) you can get with your pet is a free ride on the gondola, the public transportation between the Town of Telluride and the Mountain Village. Every third gondola cabin is designated pet-friendly (clearly marked) and apart from the epic views of the box canyon, your pooch may even make a fellow canine friend on the ride up. Well-behaved and leashed dogs are also welcome aboard the Galloping Goose, Telluride’s shuttle bus system that runs all throughout the town.

Dog-Friendly Accommodations

While there are other Telluride dog-friendly hotels in the area, SilverStar Telluride Luxury Properties offers multiple luxurious, pet-friendly rentals, many with private balconies, and easy access to the outdoors. From units in downtown Telluride to the Mountain Village, many offer an open floor plan with plenty of space and privacy, so when you bring the family here, plan to bring the four-legged family members as well.

For more ways to enjoy Telluride with Fido on your vacation, call us at 970-728-3001 or fill out our online form.



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