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Can I Bring My Pet When I Visit Telluride?

Telluride, like most mountain towns in Colorado, is a community that loves pets! It would seem unusual to walk around town or to go on a hike without running into a wide variety of canine friends. In fact, some local retailers allow pets inside the stores. A few shops also offer “treats” for the doggy shoppers. You will find Pet Pick-Up stands throughout town- be sure to grab a few doggie bags for when your dog does his/her business. Below are just some of the activities and areas open to you and your pet:

Telluride Town Park - When the local playing fields aren’t being used for some sporting event or for one of the many Telluride Festivals, feel free to bring your dog, throw a Frisbee or ball, and let them run around. The same is true in the winter when the fields are covered in snow, but please be respectful of the Nordic tracks. Dogs love running around at Town Park!

The River Trail – With a total of three miles of trail that meanders throughout Telluride and along the San Miguel River, the River Trail is very popular in both summer and winter. This is a perfect trail to enjoy with your pet. The River Trail is adjacent to the San Miguel River (water dogs LOVE swimming here) and winds past Town Park.

The Gondola – The Telluride Gondola, a unique public transportation system, connects the towns of Telluride and Mountain Village – for FREE. Dogs are welcome to ride the gondola with their owners, as every 3rd gondola cart is pet-friendly!

Jud Wiebe – The Jud Wiebe trail starts at the top of N. Aspen Street in Telluride and takes about 2 hours to complete. It offers spectacular views of Telluride and the box canyon! The intermediate to difficult terrain is great for active dogs.

Bear Creek Trail – A nice, easy hike (about 2 hours round-trip) that starts from Town Park in Telluride. You can also start from the Riverside condos on S. Pine Street. Enjoy cool temperatures and an amazing waterfall at the end!

Lizard Head Area – Located about a 30-minute drive from Telluride, Colorado, there are a lot of hiking trail options here for all abilities!

Please click here to familiarize yourself with Telluride's leash laws.