Recognising the growing trend of pet-friendly travel, many Aspen/Snowmass hotels now allow pets in their guest rooms.
It is said there is a dog for every two people in Aspen/Snowmass (Colorado, USA). Well, the dogs are in the right place, because in this town they are treated like royalty. Dogs can spend their day cross-country skiing or snowshoeing with their owner, meeting other dogs in the park, shopping a bit and snoozing in a five star, five diamond hotel. Talk about a dog’s life.
POSH CANINE LODGING
At The Little Nell (Aspen’s only five-star/five diamond hotel), pets are welcome and owners receive a Petiquette handbook of guidelines for pet and pet owners. Amenities include personalised brass identification tags, plush dog beds, pet menu selections, food and water bowls and of course, doggie treats.
Other hotels that welcome dogs in town include The Sky Hotel, The St. Regis and The Hotel Jerome. Check out www.stayaspensnowmass.com for a complete listing of dog-friendly accommodations.
ENDLESS TRAILS FOR SKIING, SNOWSHOEING & HIKING
The groomed Marolt and Rio Grande trails of the Aspen/Snowmass Nordic Trail System are great for the dogs because of their gentle terrain and open spaces. In 2002, the Bernese Boulevard trail on the perimeter of the Aspen Golf Course trail system was opened. The Maroon Bells Road and Independence Road are also hip spots for four-legged creatures. Dog-friendly trails that are easily accessible from town include the Ute Trail, the Hunter Creek Trail, the Ajax Trail, and Smuggler Mountain Road.
DOGS BY THE HOUR
The Aspen Animal Shelter understands the desire for a dog, but not the full-time commitment to one. So, the organisation will lend you a pup free of charge for a few hours or the whole day. And if you can’t tear yourself away from your furry friend at the end of your holiday – you can adopt him/her.
TOP DOG DOG SERVICES
Mountain Dogs offers all kinds of activities and services for your pooch. They’ll take him/her on a hike, babysit in your home or condo and transport your dog to wherever it needs to go. Visit www.aspenmtndogs.com.
SHOPPING FOR THE DOGS
The shopping in Aspen/Snowmass is known throughout the world and it isn’t just for humans. There are several stores that cater exclusively to your pup. Look for specialty boutiques that features unique gifts for dogs, cats and the people who love them. Look for upscale, hard to find accessories or handcrafted gifts featuring your favourite breed at CB Paws, find whimsical toys and treats at Living the Dog’s Life and score supplies for any travelling pooch at Rocky Mountain Pet Shop.