(Last Updated On: May 6, 2015)

Mountain cultures cater to dogs, and Breckenridge is no exception. Plenty of places and outdoor spaces welcome dogs, but here are a few places, in particular, to sniff out.

Take a gondola ride

Not many people know that Breckenridge Ski Resort’s gondola is pet-friendly — and free. Plus, in summer, the parking lot at its base is free.

Sadie, an American Eskimo, waits by the gondola.

Sadie, an American Eskimo, waits by the gondola.

The gondola glides over Cucumber Gulch, a designated wildlife preserve, which provides a habitat for the boreal toad (which is state-endangered), moose, deer, elk, beavers, and even mountain lions. Plus, more than 47 species of birds use the area. As a result, off-leash dogs are one of the greatest threats; by swimming in the ponds or chasing smaller wildlife, they have disturbed wildlife in the past, and so, while they can enjoy the ride over the preserve, they can’t actually go in the 77 acres of wetlands.

The good news: Dogs are allowed on every other town trail, so there are plenty of places to hike. And, dogs can wander around the Base of Peaks 7 and 8, once they exit the gondola.

Main Street

Within town limits, dogs must be leashed, but they’re allowed to walk pretty much anywhere (see restrictions under “where dogs can’t go”). Outside of town limits, dogs can run free, as long as they respond to voice command.

A rescue dog, Nia, hangs out at For Pets Sake Thrift Store.

A rescue dog, Nia, hangs out at For Pets Sake Thrift Store.

Most stores along Main Street, and Breckenridge in general, allow well-behaved dogs inside. If you’re not sure, just duck your head inside and ask. More than a few stores have their own dog-in-residence, who often acts as a mascot for the store.

One of the stores dogs are obviously welcome in is For Pets Sake Thrift Store, on 203 N. Main St. All purchases at the thrift shop, which offers everything from clothing to housewares, books and art, benefit homeless pets in need, through the Animal Rescue of the Rockies.

Carter Park

Carter Park’s dog park is the only place in Breckenridge town limits where you can let your pooch run free, and play with a bunch of other pups, too. It’s fully fenced, and there’s plenty of room, so you can sit with other dog owners, worry free.

Carter Park's dog park is fully fenced, and the only place you can legally let your dog run free within town limits.

Carter Park’s dog park is fully fenced, and the only place you can legally let your dog run free within town limits.

Follow the small signs to Carter Park, located four blocks east of Main Street, at the south end of High Street.

Bike path and trails

Dogs are allowed to follow the bike path, which parallels the river for quite awhile, but they must be leashed, even when the paved path leaves the town limits.

Breckenridge also provides plenty of hiking trails, including:

• Southside Trail, off of Boreas Pass Road

• Moonstone and Sunbeam trails, accessible from Carter Park

• Sawmill Trail, off Four O’Clock Road

• Trail Forest, near Shock Hill

• Peaks Trail, off the parking lot for the trail, located near the edge of Cucumber Gulch.

A map of the dog friendly trails can be found here.

A very well-behaved dog patiently waits for his owner on Main Street.

A very well-behaved dog patiently waits for his owner on Main Street.

Where dogs can’t go

About the only places dogs can’t hang out is: Cucumber Gulch (see above section under “gondola,”), Breckenridge Golf Course, the fields at Kingdom Park (near the recreation center), and the Riverwalk Lawn.

Otherwise, Breckenridge is just waiting to be discovered with four paws, so take your dog for a walk through the nooks and crannies of Breckenridge.


For more resources and tips, check out our other posts:

Breckenridge From a Dog’s Point of View

Dog-Friendly Lodging and Places in Breck

Dogs Welcome in Breck



About The Author

Kimberly Nicoletti always knew she was meant to escape gray Chicago winters and spend her days skiing the Colorado Rockies. So, two months after she turned 18, she moved to Breckenridge to be a ski bum "for a season," assuring her parent's she'd return to Illinois to finish college. But, the ski bum life stuck. After three years of full-time skiing in Summit County, she decided to finish her degree at CU-Boulder in Creative Writing (granted, she took a semester off to ski). Once free of classes, she took yet another year off to ski in Summit (do you see a pattern here?). Then, she moved back to Boulder to earn her master's degree in Somatic Psychology/Dance Therapy. Upon graduation, she spent a winter teaching skiing at Mammoth Mountain. (Surely you see the pattern now.) In 2002, she moved back to Summit full time, to work at the Summit Daily as the arts and entertainment editor. She stayed with the company for 10 years, enjoying Summit's great events and later working as the managing editor of magazines covering the High Country. She still revolves her life around adventure and creativity, taking time to travel, ski, paddleboard, dance, ice skate, play with her dogs, learn new things and generally enjoy life. She's highly addicted to powder skiing and keeps her winter mornings commitment-free so she can indulge in "deep play" when Mother Nature cooperates. Off the mountain, she's a freelance writer and editor and teaches fitness and mind/body classes throughout Summit County.

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