Here’s where to stay, play, eat and more in dog-friendly Vail.
Our dogs love playing in the outdoors too. Pets are a large part of our lives and we want them by our sides on the trails, at hotels and on afternoon patios. We’ve dug up the best pet-friendly activities and restaurants in Vail for you and your doggo to wag about.
Here's how to spoil your pup in Vail this Summer
1. Stay at Gravity Haus Vail
We’re all about the pup perks at Gravity Haus and, when we can, we don’t travel without our four-legged best friends. Which is why we have crafted each Haus in Breckenridge, Winter Park and Vail to be the best in Colorado dog-friendly lodging. Upon arrival, dogs can get their photo taken and “sign” the doggie guest book, as well as get set up with their own in-room doggie bed, bowl and treats. Dog-friendly rooms are available and must be booked in advance with the hotel. Our pet fee is $50/night per dog for non-members and $25/night per dog for members.
2. Head to the Paw-rk
This West Vail dog park has a stream, benches and a picnic table. It’s no-frills, but the mountain scenery is unbeatable and the off-leash romping and sniffing is limitless.
Like Disneyland for dogs, head to the off-leash dog area at this East Vail open space to play in roomy grassy fields and take a dip in the cool pond.
3. Take a Hike
Does your dog love to hike? Then a morning trek to Booth Falls is a Vail must. The beautiful 4.2-mile out-and-back hike meanders through White River National Forest on a moderately challenging route to a 60-foot waterfall. There’s lots of opportunity for creek sips and shade breaks.
Upper Piney Lake is an excellent dog-friendly Vail hike twisting through meadows and aspen groves and ending at peaceful tucked-away Upper Piney River Falls. Park at Piney River Ranch and head out on the 5.9-mile out-and-back hike.
With all Vail dog-friendly hikes, don’t forget to clean up after your pup and keep them on a leash.
4. Eat & Drink with Your Pup in Vail
After those lung-busting mountain hikes with your dog, you’ll both need a cold one. Visit the Vail Brewing Company’s village tasting room and pull up a seat on the pet-friendly patio for kombucha and artisan craft brews.
Pups are spoiled at the Westside Café in Vail. The locals favorite indulges dogs with their own dog bowl filled with Rocky Mountain water while you sip one of their famous bacon bloody marys on the laid-back front patio.
Take in the Vail mountain views together from the dog-friendly year-round terrace at Tavern on the Square. Nosh on grilled salmon sandwiches and garlic fries and order housemade dog biscuits, scrambled duck eggs and grilled chicken with brown rice from the special doggie menu.
This longtime institution in Lionshead is known for its dog-friendly outdoor deck and yum pub grub. Bart & Yeti’s was actually named for two legendary local dogs and the bar has been known to host some celeb pups (Gerald Ford and Clint Eastwood have been spotted here with their furry friends).
While not dog friendly, Slope Room at Gravity Haus Vail should not be missed during your stay. Creative dishes with local ingredients star at this sophisticated yet cozy restaurant and bar that pays homage to the sexy and dangerous allure of the Old West with a decidedly modern twist on the traditional new American and steakhouse menu.
4. Shop till you drop
Leash up and walk your pup through the pet-friendly Vail Farmers Market & Art Show. Nothing beats a summer Sunday morning stroll through this celebrated market. Pick up some fresh flowers, global spices, jerky, handmade dog collars and made-in-Colorado gourmet dog treats.
Dog-Friendly Vail Boutique Shopping
In addition to the most stylish boutiques, Vail is home to some really fun and thoughtful dog-focused shops. Visit Pawsitivity for Vail-inspired reversible harnesses and 22K gold leash and collar sets. The Pet Boutique of Vail sells locally made buffalo rawhide and other goodies, while Fresh Tracks in Eagle-Vail is known for adorable dog photos, plush beds and the latest pup toys. Cruise by Gorsuch for a visit with their locally loved Bernese mountain dogs.
Ready to book your dog friendly trip to Vail, Colorado? Choose Gravity Haus Vail just steps from Vail Village!