Mountain towns are great places to be a dog, and Aspen’s one of the best. Here’s the inside line on pup-friendly hikes, off-leash areas, swimming holes, health and safety advice from a local veterinarian, hotels that cater to canine guests, and the best mountain breeds. We also introduce you to four local dogs and their humans who share unusually strong bonds. And make sure to read the “Be a Good Dog” section to your pooch; knowing where to go and how to behave when there—along with your diligence in picking up and packing out poop—will go a long way toward making sure everyone else likes your pup, too.

In This Feature:

Aspen’s Most Dog-Friendly Hotels

Many hotels just accept pets, but these Aspen lodging properties openly embrace them with dog-centric amenities and accommodating service.

07/05/2021 By Cindy Hirschfeld

10 Top Dog-Friendly Hikes in the Roaring Fork Valley

Aspen locals share their favorite hiking trails for a scenic, stress-free day out with the dogs--or on your own.

07/05/2021 By Cindy Hirschfeld

6 Tips on Keeping Your Dog Safe and Sound in the Mountains

Veterinarian Dr. Anne Cooley of the Aspen Animal Hospital shares insights that will keep dogs and owners on the paths to healthy adventure.

07/05/2021 By Cindy Hirschfeld

What Are the Best Canine Breeds for Aspen Adventuring?

Expert advice from shelters and veterinarians on the breeds of dog most suited to an active lifestyle in and around Aspen.

07/05/2021 By Cindy Hirschfeld

Four Local Dogs and Their Humans Who Share Extra-Strong Bonds

In a town noted for its celebrities (of the human variety), Aspen's amazing dogs deserve their own turn in the spotlight.

07/05/2021 By Sarah Kuta

4 Great Aspen-Area Swimming Spots for Pooches

Let your dog cool off with a summer dip at these ideal swimming spots in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley.

07/05/2021 By Cindy Hirschfeld

5 Off-Leash Areas Around Aspen

Treat your dog to untethered, unfettered play time at these off-leash parks in Aspen and Colorado's Roaring Fork Valley.

07/05/2021 By Cindy Hirschfeld

How to Be on Your Best Behavior as a Dog Visiting Aspen

From leash laws to trail access, this FAQ guide will help you and your dog get the most out of your Aspen visit.

07/05/2021 By Cindy Hirschfeld