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Mapping Ski Country's Eight Best Dog Parks

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Dogs are to ski towns what cats are to…hoarder homes. So integral is man's best friend to mountain culture that you'll find not just dedicated parks, but storefront "puppy parking," dog-friendly hotels and bars, and dedicated "dog court" days set aside for pet-related infractions. Curbed Ski also loves its furry friends, especially traveling with them. That's why we've rounded up the best dog parks in ski towns across the country. Ready? Just grab Fido.


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1. North Tahoe Regional Park

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6600 Donner Road, Tahoe National Forest
Tahoe Vista, CA 96148

This lovely, largely wooded, 124-acre park with winding paths will ensure your pooch has lots of crazy wildlife aromas to chase after. Located on Donner Road one miles west of Highway 267. Note there’s a $5 parking fee, unless you have a North Tahoe Resident’s Benefit Sticker.

2. Willow Creek Dog Pond

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Split Rail Lane
Park City, UT 84098

Located at a very popular, year-round rec area (popular with Nordic skiers) off of Split Rail Lane, this one-acre irrigation pond is the place for hot summer dogs to cool off.

3. Hugh Rogers Wag Park

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East 2nd Street
Whitefish, MT 59937

The Flathead Valley’s first off-leash dog park is a popular spot, and no wonder. Its five acres include fully accessible paths, benches, a drinking fountain for dogs and people, a message center, and lots of open space for play. Future improvements include a pond and dog beach.

4. Town Park

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500 East Colorado Avenue, Uncompahgre National Forest
Telluride, CO 81320
(970) 728-2173
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This gorgeous park's soccer fields are a good time for canines- although the San Miguel River is also a prime spot for romps. Well-behaved dogs (please be honest when assessing yours) are allowed off-leash on the grass. The adjacent campground also allows pets, but they need to be kept on-leash and can’t be unattended.

5. Herron Park

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103 Neale St.
Aspen, CO

Downtown's Wagner Park is dog central, but if you're looking for something a bit less of a scene (or your dog isn't very sociable), this creekside park is ideal. It's located walking distance from the town core, and is the entry point for the Rio Grand Trail.

6. Bighorn Park

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East Meadow Drive, White River National Forest
Vail, CO 81657

East Vail is as pretty a place as one finds in a ski town. The park is billed as being for "kids and dogs," so be sure your pooch loves pats from little hands.

7. Carter Park

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528 S High St
Breckenridge, CO

Located four blocks off of Main Street, this 24-hour park provides a pastoral green space for your pet.

8. Gifford Woods State Park

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34 Gifford Woods Acc, Green Mountain National Forest
Killington, VT 05751

Woodsy, creeky, and rural, this is a dog's paradise. There's also a campground and cabins (no pets, alas), and loads of hiking, due to the close proximity of the Appalachian Trail.

1. North Tahoe Regional Park

6600 Donner Road, Tahoe National Forest, Tahoe Vista, CA 96148

This lovely, largely wooded, 124-acre park with winding paths will ensure your pooch has lots of crazy wildlife aromas to chase after. Located on Donner Road one miles west of Highway 267. Note there’s a $5 parking fee, unless you have a North Tahoe Resident’s Benefit Sticker.

6600 Donner Road, Tahoe National Forest
Tahoe Vista, CA 96148

2. Willow Creek Dog Pond

Split Rail Lane, Park City, UT 84098

Located at a very popular, year-round rec area (popular with Nordic skiers) off of Split Rail Lane, this one-acre irrigation pond is the place for hot summer dogs to cool off.

Split Rail Lane
Park City, UT 84098

3. Hugh Rogers Wag Park

East 2nd Street, Whitefish, MT 59937

The Flathead Valley’s first off-leash dog park is a popular spot, and no wonder. Its five acres include fully accessible paths, benches, a drinking fountain for dogs and people, a message center, and lots of open space for play. Future improvements include a pond and dog beach.

East 2nd Street
Whitefish, MT 59937

4. Town Park

500 East Colorado Avenue, Uncompahgre National Forest, Telluride, CO 81320

This gorgeous park's soccer fields are a good time for canines- although the San Miguel River is also a prime spot for romps. Well-behaved dogs (please be honest when assessing yours) are allowed off-leash on the grass. The adjacent campground also allows pets, but they need to be kept on-leash and can’t be unattended.

500 East Colorado Avenue, Uncompahgre National Forest
Telluride, CO 81320

5. Herron Park

103 Neale St., Aspen, CO

Downtown's Wagner Park is dog central, but if you're looking for something a bit less of a scene (or your dog isn't very sociable), this creekside park is ideal. It's located walking distance from the town core, and is the entry point for the Rio Grand Trail.

103 Neale St.
Aspen, CO

6. Bighorn Park

East Meadow Drive, White River National Forest, Vail, CO 81657

East Vail is as pretty a place as one finds in a ski town. The park is billed as being for "kids and dogs," so be sure your pooch loves pats from little hands.

East Meadow Drive, White River National Forest
Vail, CO 81657

7. Carter Park

528 S High St, Breckenridge, CO

Located four blocks off of Main Street, this 24-hour park provides a pastoral green space for your pet.

528 S High St
Breckenridge, CO

8. Gifford Woods State Park

34 Gifford Woods Acc, Green Mountain National Forest, Killington, VT 05751

Woodsy, creeky, and rural, this is a dog's paradise. There's also a campground and cabins (no pets, alas), and loads of hiking, due to the close proximity of the Appalachian Trail.

34 Gifford Woods Acc, Green Mountain National Forest
Killington, VT 05751