Bring your Dog?

Do you want to bring your dog?  Before you decide, consider the facts of wilderness life that face town dogs who visit our mountains, and the pet rules you'll encounter in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Estes Park has a fenced dog park where you can exercise your canine companion. Otherwise, plan to stay connected with your dog via a leash. There are new and wonderful scents that may cause your perfectly behaved town dog to bolt into the forest unexpectedly. The call of the wild may overpower your call to your pet to come back. Dogs caught chasing wildlife may be shot by the wildlife officer as predators.

You can hike with your leashed dog in Roosevelt National Forest but dogs are not allowed on the Rocky Mountain National Park trails. Shady parking spots are non-existent in the summer so your Park visits may be limited to developed picnic areas or parking spots.

Most lodging properties will not allow dogs to stay alone in your accommodations so they will go with you everywhere during the day or board at a local kennel.

If your canine companion is a full-fledged family member, these issues won't be a problem and you will have a wonderful time. Together you can all go hiking in the National Forest, window shopping in town, picnicking in the Park and driving along scenic byways.


Leave the fast lane, cross our covered bridge to simple serenity in a cozy cottage or suite in towering pines along Fall River. Bask in hot tub bubbles, the scent of a crackling wood fire, the river's lullaby, the serendipity of wandering wildlife! Yes, well-behaved dogs are welcome with their ;-) well-trained human companions in certain cabins. Check the Peripatetic Pet Policy on our website.  Castle Mountain Lodge on Fall River Details

Same planet, different world. Bordering Rocky Mt Nat Park. Open all year.
1520 Fall River Road
Estes Park
40.383069 -105.550332

Our resort is close to everything, close to perfect!  Enjoy an easy stroll on the paved walkway to Lake Estes and dinner in town.  Small, friendly, affordable motel.  * Full range of suites and rooms at ground level *  Air conditioning * Free Wi-Fi * Dog-friendly * Modest rates * Smoke-free * Outdoor hot tub * Jacuzzi suite * Close to fishing and boating on Lake Estes * Columbine Inn Details

Near Lake Estes, Marina & Downtown
1540 Big Thompson Ave.
Estes Park
40.3820198 -105.4966664

Designed for two, a special retreat for those seeking a quiet mountain getaway. Nestle into our beautifully appointed cabin with moss rock fireplace.  AND the best pet policy in town: well behaved pets can be left unattended; however, crating is encouraged if necessary.  Braeside Cabin Details

No charge for pets unless they redecorate!
2175 Colorado 66
Estes Park
40.3412643 -105.5657567

Many other pet-friendly accommodations welcome you and your dog to stay overnight, and the following pet services businesses are here to take care of any pet needs while you're away from home:

Angie Bryant DVM 970-586-6898
Animal Hospital of the Rockies 970-586-4703
Animal Medical Center of Estes Park PC 970-586-6898
Domestically Wild Pets - Groomer
Estes Park Pet Lodge 970-586-9282
Estes Park Pet Supply Co. 970-586-8442
Jeff Fish DVM 970-586-6898
Linda's Pet Care Services 970-586-0340
Marie C Richardson DVM 970-586-4703
Suzanne Prindiville - Dog Groomer 970-586-7348
The Animal House 970-586-4703
The Mutt Hutt 970-586-6606