Paradise for Pups: Pet Friendly Vail Valley

Colorado is paradise for dogs.

Colorado is a state filled with natural beauty dogs love to explore. It sometimes seems like every resident and visitor has a dog or two in tow at all times. Pooches can be found on hiking trails, at breweries, at concerts in parks, even rafting down the Colorado River. With so many pet friendly activities, stores, and restaurants, it\’s no wonder dogs are everywhere.

The Vail Valley is a popular destination for those searching for pet friendly accommodations. There is so much to see and do that dogs and their owners couldn’t possibly get bored. There are even doggie day camps that might be nicer than the summer camp you attended as a kid!


You’ll work up an appetite after exploring throughout the day. Take a break on one of these pet friendly restaurant patios welcoming dogs.


Bart and Yeti’s: casual, American
Garfinkel’s: casual, American
Westside Cafe: casual, American & TexMex
Vendetta’s: casual, Italian & pizza
Blue Moose Pizza: casual, Italian & pizza
Mountain Standard: midscale, new American
Big Bear Bistro: casual, salads and sandwiches
7 Hermits/Crespelle: casual brewery, crepes, bar food
Red Lion: casual, American
Vail Brewing Company: casual brewery, snacks or BYO food

Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek Chophouse/C Bar: mid-upscale, American & steak
Coyote Cafe: casual, Mexican
Hooked: midscale, seafood


Vin 48: mid-upscale, creative American
Loaded Joe’s: casual, American
Avon Bakery: casual, soup, salad, sandwiches
Benderz: casual, burgers & bar food


Craftsman: casual, creative American
Drunken Goat: midscale, new American, seafood
Mountain Fish House: midscale, seafood
Hovey and Harrison: casual, farm to table, sandwiches
Bookworm Café: casual, smoothies, sandwiches, crepes
The Rose: casual-midscale, eclectic
Main Street Grill: casual, American & Cajun
Smiling Moose Deli: casual, salads & sandwiches


Vet and Emergency Care

Eagle Vet
Vail Valley Animal Hospital

Pet Stores

The Pet Boutique of Vail
Fresh Tracks Pet Shop
Wags & Whiskers

Dog Walking and Pet Sitting

It’s true. You can’t take your dog everywhere. When you need a pet sitter or doggie day camp complete with a pool and a dozen friends to romp with, the Vail Valley has options.

Golden Tails Dog Walking: in-home pet sitting and dog walking
Walkin’ the Dog: day camp and overnight boarding for dogs
Wanderlust Dog Ranch: day camp and overnight boarding for dogs

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Trails throughout Vail, Beaver Creek, Avon, and Edwards allow dogs either on leash or under voice command. Check the posted signs at the beginning of each trail to learn the rules!

Try one of Vail Butler’s favorite trails to hike with dogs. All have fresh water so your dog can have a sip or take a dip along the way. Most can even be hiked in the winter!

Booth Falls
Piney Lake
Missouri Lakes
Cross Creek
Beaver Lake
Lionshead Rock

For those interested in an easy walk rather than a hike, try the Gore Valley trail. This paved walking path follows Gore Creek and eventually the Eagle River. It runs throughout the towns of Vail, Avon, and Edwards.


Colorado enjoys over 300 days of sunshine each year. Because of this, our state tends to host as many events outside as possible. Soak up the sun with your pup at these concerts, markets, and events!

GoPro Mountain Games

Hosted in Vail in June every year. There are even competitions for dogs and a whole area dedicated to dogs.

Farmers Markets

Vail, Minturn, Edwards, Eagle are all pet friendly.
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Summer Concerts

Avon, Eagle, and Minturn allow dogs.
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The hardest task when planning a vacation with your dog is usually finding a pet friendly place to lay your head at night. What about in the Vail Valley? No problem. There are dozens of pet friendly hotels and vacation rentals available.

Featured Pet Friendly Rental: 94 Village Walk, Beaver Creek