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Dog-Friendly Steamboat

11/11/2020 03:58PM ● By Rachel Miller

Dennis and Robin Alt's pup, Martha, takes a break from playing in the snow to ask for treats. 

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS- Planning a trip to Steamboat Springs and want to bring your furry friend? Steamboat is one of the most dog-friendly towns in the country. Planning a trip with your pet can be a little tricky, but luckily there are plenty of dog-friendly spots in town. Steamboat has strict leash laws within city limits, so keep that in mind when you’re out and about with your canine companion.

The Paramount

A great mountainside dining option for you and your pooch. Located in Ski Time Square, The Paramount offers dog-friendly patio seating. Sit back, savor breakfast or signature sandwich options, and enjoy the view. 

Storm Peak Brewery

Storm Peak Brewery offers a great atmosphere for you and your pup. It offers a variety of rotating craft beers, water for your four-legged friends, and food options from neighboring businesses (How Ya Doin’ Pizza N Eatz and Moe’s Original Bar B Que).

Yampa River Core Trail

This is a great 7-mile paved trail that runs along the Yampa River. It is a highly trafficked path, even during winter, so make sure to bring your leash. The trail runs from one end of town to the other, and can be accessed at multiple points from River Creek Park on East U.S. 40 and Walton Creek Rd. to the Steamboat Springs Transit Center on West U.S. 40.

Off-Leash Dog Parks

Steamboat Springs has a few options where you can let your pooch loose. Rita Valentine Park and Spring Creek Dog Park are both close-to-town options that have off-leash areas for dogs to roam freely. 

Whistler Park

This large, family-friendly park is tucked in a quiet neighborhood less than 2 miles from the Steamboat Ski Area and has plenty of open space for your furry friend to roam free. The designated off-leash areas do vary depending on seasons, but signs, maps and park hours are posted at every entry and exit point. There are several off-leash areas the city has opened to the public, so visit its website for a full listing: