Pet Friendly?


What is the real meaning of "Pet Friendly"? Will a lodging pet policy that essentially means "your dog can sleep overnight in your room, but you can't leave him alone there when you go out" be what you need for your vacation in Estes Park?

Dogs playing in snowRocky Mountain National Park does not allow dogs on any trails in the park, so when you come to Estes Park to explore RMNP, you're going to need a safe place to leave your animal while you hike, shop, and dine. In the summer, it's not advisable to leave your furry friend in the car because of extreme heat buildup. If your pet can't be left in your room, that leaves you only two choices: find a "doggy day care" or limit your activity.

This page offers information on businesses in Estes Park that offer services for animals, as well as offer suggestions of where you can bring your dog while in town:

When you book your room, ask your lodging choice if they can meet your expectations. What are they willing to do to help you keep your dog safe, and you (the customer) happy? You know your pet better than anyone else. Can he be left unattended, or should you crate him when you leave? Can you assure your lodging that your dog will not damage their property?

Visit our Pet Friendly page to see a list of lodging in Estes Park that accepts animals:

Braeside Cabin advertises a unique policy - "Well behaved pets can be left unattended. No charge for pets unless they redecorate."

Pet owners unite! Let your responsible pet ownership and well-behaved dogs prove one pet at a time that pet policies can be amended to everyone's benefit - a true win/win solution for summer vacationers to Estes Park.


Tips for Finding Last Minute Summer Lodging in Estes Park

With 3 million visitors each year, summers are busy around Rocky Mountain National Park. Many families return year after year because it’s such a special place, and book their lodging a year in advance.

If you find yourself wanting to put together a last minute summer visit to the mountains, you might discover it’s not so easy to find a place to stay because many lodges are already booked during the “high” season, especially during July and August.

What can you do? Here are some tips to help make your last minute summer visit a reality:

1) Be flexible. If you don’t have to go on specific dates, a lodge can often find openings around your desired dates.

2) Be willing to change rooms in the middle of your stay. Indicate your willingness to change and ask the lodge if they can put together two openings to form a block for you.

3) Book a 1-2 night midweek stay. If weekends are full, Mondays and Tuesdays often have openings.

4) Go to and submit a Lodging Availability Request Form. It notifies all the lodges of what you’re looking for, and you’ll get return emails from the ones with openings that match your parameters.

5) If you can’t find lodging for your entire stay and you’re flying into Denver, consider staying the first and/or last night in a motel near the airport. It’s a 90 minute drive to Estes Park.

6) Take an overnight trip in the middle of your stay to explore the west side of RMNP and stay in Grand Lake for one night. This will allow you to put together two non-consecutive blocks.