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Dog-Friendly Tips

Dog-Friendly Tips

Traveling with our furry friends has become more popular the past few years. Here are some tips for traveling to Estes Park with your pup.

The town of Estes Park has a leash law. Your dog, no matter how well-behaved, needs to be on a leash at all times when in town or on a walk. 

Make sure your dog has a name tag and phone number to call in case they are separated from you. You also need to carry their vaccination records. Some lodging properties may ask to see them.

To help your dog settle more easily into unfamiliar lodging, bring a favorite blanket or dog bed with you.

Off-Leash Dog Park

Dogs are able to run, play on obstacle course features, and take a dip in the water at this dog park located at the corner of Community Drive and US Hwy 36 in Stanley Park. One of the fenced areas is designated for smaller dogs.
Please clean up after your dog and make sure your dog is well-mannered.

Tips for Pups at Altitude

Estes Park and the surrounding area is right at the high-altitude range of 5,000-11,500ft. Like us, dogs need time to adjust to this altitude.

Don’t just dive in with a longer hike. Start with short gradual hikes or walks and adjust based on how your dog is handling the altitude. Signs of altitude sickness in dogs is lethargy, dizziness, vomiting, and/or diarrhea.

Keep Them Hydrated

Hydration is key when it comes to preventing altitude sickness. Always carry a pet bowl and plenty of water with you, and offer your pet water as often as you can.

Tip: Each time you take a sip of water, offer one to your dog. Drinking lots of water will help both of you stay hydrated.

Again, like humans, you can give your pup electrolytes. One idea is chicken bone broth made especially for dogs (don't give them human broth due to the salt and onions).

Heat Kills

Leaving a pet in a car is not only deadly for your furry friend, but it will get you a ticket. Car temperatures rise quickly in the sun, even on cool days. Cracking the window will not prevent your pet from dying of heat exhaustion.


Only registered service animals are allowed on town shuttles.

Elk and Dogs Don’t Mix

Elk can be very aggressive, particularly when protecting their young, or during the rut. Humans and dogs both have been seriously injured or killed by getting too close to these beautiful animals.

Protect Their Paws

The cement and rocks can get too hot for your dog’s paws. Anything too hot for the back of your hand is way too hot for your dog’s paws. You should also check your dog’s paws for signs of discomfort more often than you’d think. The rocky terrain can cut or wear down their pads.

Dogs in Rocky Mtn Natl Park

Activities with pets are very limited within any national park. Dogs are prohibited in the backcountry and on any trail.

They must be on a leash, no longer than 6ft, when outside of your car. They may be walked on the roads or in parking lots and may accompany you in the campgrounds.

Nasty Bites

Dogs run around in grasses where ticks love to hang out. Dogs can get Lyme disease from a tick. There are several options to help prevent ticks and fleas such as oral chews, collars with medication to repel ticks, and topical treatments. Talk with your vet about the best option for your dog.

Dining Out

Colorado Statute allows dogs in an outdoor dining area or patio. 

However, restaurants are allowed to say no to having dogs on their patios. It’s best to ask the restaurant their policy before planning to dine with your dog.

Dogs need to be leashed at all times, well-behaved, and are not allowed on chairs, benches, or furniture. 

Some retail shops welcome leashed and well-behaved dogs in their stores.

Best dog-friendly hikes

We have a good list of places to hike with your furry friend.

Go With the Pros

Estes Park Pet Supply carries all sorts of pet supplies, leashes, food, and treats. Located in upper Stanley Village, 970-586-8442.

The Estes Paw Company has house-made treats your dog will love. 137 W. Elkhorn, 214-789-7920.


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