Is you’re planning a trip to Steamboat and wondering if you should bring your dog along, you’ll be pleased to know that Steamboat Springs is known for being a dog-friendly town, with many restaurants and outdoor spaces welcoming canine companions. From scenic hikes to pet-friendly restaurant patios, and everything in between, our Colorado mountain town offers a variety of options for you and your four-legged friend to explore. We hope our pet-friendly guide to Steamboat will be helpful as you plan your mountain getaway.

Dog-Friendly Outdoor Activities

Woman hiking through river in Steamboat with dog

With its stunning natural landscapes, Steamboat Springs boasts numerous trails that cater to all hiking levels, and dogs are welcome on all mountain trails. When enjoying the amazing trails in this area, remember to keep your dog leashed and pack plenty of water and waste bags to ensure a safe and enjoyable hike for all. Here are a few of our favorites for canine fun. 

Hikes and Trails

Spring Creek Trail – One of the most beloved dog-friendly hiking trails is the Spring Creek Trail. This scenic route starts in town, winding through lush forests and alongside flowing streams, offering gorgeous views at every turn. This is a popular multi-use trail, so your pup should remain leashed and be aware of mountain bikers on the trail.

Yampa River Core Trail – For dogs and humans looking for more casual hiking, the Yampa River Core Trail is a 7-mile paved trail running along the river through the heart of Steamboat Springs, where you can soak up the incredible views of surrounding mountains.

Fish Creek Falls – Another great hiking option is the short paved trail leading to Fish Creek Falls, a great place to stretch your legs and enjoy a beautiful overlook of this stunning waterfall.

Uranium Mine Trail – For more adventurous pups, the Uranium Mine Trail provides a moderate challenge with rewarding mountain vistas and the chance to investigate the entrance of an old mine.

Emerald Mountain Trail – The Emerald Mountain Trail is well-maintained, providing spectacular views in every season and good traction for winter hiking as well.

Off-Leash Options

If you’re looking for a place for your dog to run around, there are plenty of off-leash options in the Steamboat area. Along the Spring Creek Trail, there is an off-leash dog park with a pond where water-loving pups can frolic and swim. Rita Valentine Park and Whistler Park in the south end of town offer wide open spaces for dogs to roam, while a few other trails in town allow off-leash dogs.

Dog-Friendly Steamboat Establishments

Storm Peak Brewing allows dogs in the tap room

After working up an appetite on the trails, treat yourself to a meal at one of Steamboat Springs’ pet-friendly restaurants. Head to Creekside Café & Grill for a hearty breakfast on their dog-friendly patio, or stop by Storm Peak Brewing for a refreshing craft beer and delicious pizza from their neighbor How Ya Doin (pups are allowed inside the taproom). Other pet-welcoming establishments include Salt & Lime, where you can savor modern Mexican cuisine with your pup by your side, and Back Door Grill, known for its mouthwatering burgers and relaxed atmosphere.

If you’re seeking the perfect souvenir or a special treat for your canine companion, Steamboat Springs offers a variety of dog-friendly shops and boutiques. Dog-friendly shops like Overland and Backdoor Sports allow your pup to tag along while you pick up the perfect item. For pet supplies, swing by Outdoor K9, a local favorite specializing in gear and accessories for active dogs, from durable leashes and harnesses to cozy jackets and beds. Additionally, Paws ‘n Claws provides a wide selection of toys, food, and grooming supplies, ensuring your furry friend feels comfortable throughout your vacation.

Steamboat Pet Care Services

If your pup needs grooming or veterinary services during your time in Steamboat Springs, rest assured that there are some great options to choose from. 

There are a number of veterinary practices offering comprehensive care for pets of all shapes and sizes, including routine exams, vaccinations, emergency services and house calls.

For grooming services, schedule an appointment at Steamboat Dog Spa or Powder Hounds, where experienced groomers will pamper your pup with professional grooming treatments tailored to their specific needs. If you are going on a longer adventure where dogs are not allowed, Steamboat Pets can help with dog walking or a drop-in visit, and Peace Love Petcare offers doggy daycare services.

Before embarking on your visit to Steamboat Springs, it’s essential to be mindful of local regulations and etiquette. While the town warmly welcomes dogs, it’s important to keep them leashed in public areas and to clean up after them to preserve the natural beauty of the surroundings. Additionally, be sure to pack essentials such as food, water, bedding, and any necessary medications to ensure your pet’s comfort and well-being throughout your stay.

Plan Your Stay

Dog friendly vacation rental in Steamboat Springs

When planning your trip to Steamboat Springs, consider booking a dog-friendly vacation rental to have all the comforts of home at your fingertips. At Four Seasons Steamboat, several of our Steamboat rentals are pet-friendly. With mountain and town properties, you’re sure to find the perfect dog-friendly Steamboat rental for your next getaway. 

Ready to experience the beauty of Steamboat Springs with your best friend by your side? Book a pet-friendly vacation rental today and embark on an unforgettable adventure in this picturesque mountain town. We look forward to hosting you!