Are you looking to take a vacation that will be fun for both you and your canine companion? If so, Summit County, Colorado could be a great choice for you. Colorado in general is incredibly dog-friendly, and just about anywhere you go in Frisco, Dillon or Breckenridge, you'll see people out with their pups.
This list is by no means exhaustive. Tons of restaurants have patios that welcome well-behaved dogs, and there are several dog-friendly choices for lodging, shopping, and hanging out. If you would like your canine-friendly business added to this list, please contact us and we'll be happy to add you!
Places to Visit
Carter Dog Park (Breckenridge) - Don’t want to go on a long hike? That’s okay! Your dog can still get some exercise at the Carter Dog Park. It’s nearly an acre and dogs are free to run around off-leash. The park is open 24/7, however, there is no lighting. If you decide to go after the sun goes down, take a flashlight or lantern.
Breckenridge Gondola (Breckenridge) - Take a scenic gondola ride with your furry friend. It lasts eight minutes and is about 400 vertical feet above wildlife habitat and protected wetlands. You may spot wildlife--it's not unusual to see a moose. The gondola runs seasonally in the summer and winter. Click the link above for information.
Arapahoe Basin Ski & Snowboard Area - This is a fun place to hang out with your canine companion from October to early June. Dogs must be leashed, but they can still have a good time exploring new territory. On sunny days, many owners and their dogs enjoy barbecuing at an area called the “beach.” It’s where the parking lot and base of the ski area meet.
A&A Pet Supply (Frisco) - If you forgot something your pet needs or you just want to get him a delicious treat or squeaky reward for being a great traveling companion, this store has a nice selection of food, treats, toys, collars, and more.
Rivers Clothing Company (Frisco) - If you want to shop for hiking gear, casual wear, and accessories such as jewelry and shoes, stop in at the Rivers Clothing Company. And the best part is, if your dog is sociable and leashed, he doesn’t have to stay at the hotel.
For Pet's Sake Thrift Store (Breckenridge) - Bring Fido along and find great bargains for yourself. For Pet's Sake has excellent deals on clothing for the whole family, as well as jewelry, accessories, books and housewares. Best of all, the shop supports Animal Rescue of the Rockies to rescue homeless animals and place them in loving foster and adoptive homes.
Places to Eat
Carlos Miguel's Mexican Bar & Grill (Frisco) - Sit on the patio and munch on fajitas, enchiladas, burritos, or tacos while your canine companion lies under the table looking at you with hopeful eyes.
Prost (Frisco) - Right in the heart of Frisco's Main Street, you can enjoy German beer, sausages and pretzels while watching the world stroll by.
Empire Burger (Breckenridge) - This restaurant’s dog friendly patio is a great place to relax after exploring Summit County. Menu options include burgers (your four-legged friend will probably want a bite), hot dogs, fish tacos and salads.
Where to Stay
The Lodge at Breckenridge - There are plenty of dog-friendly places to stay in Summit County. The Lodge at Breckenridge is one that seems to be popular with both humans and canines. The Lodge sits on a forested cliff that gives visitors a great view and dogs a great place to explore.
Hopefully, this gets you started on planning an exciting trip to Summit County, Colorado with your best friend. Most people here are crazy about dogs, but just remember to be respectful of others. Please keep your dog on a leash in public areas and please, please, please clean up after your pet!
If you're in Frisco, feel free to stop by and see us! We always welcome well-behaved, leashed dogs at Frisco Fun & Formal.