Dog laying on bed in a pet friendly room at The Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado

Four-legged friends provide the most unconditional support and love that humans can experience. Why leave your closest companion—or, pseudo child, for some—at home while you visit the Roaring Fork Valley?

Families throughout the Valley and Aspen own their own pups, and the community is dog-friendly from public spaces to trails. Even luxury pet-friendly hotels like The Little Nell feature services for canines so that your favorite furry pal can have a great vacation, too.

Dog-friendly Hikes in Aspen

Dogs simply are a part of the Valley community. Life would not be the same without them, and we welcome your Fido, too. Well-mannered dogs walk the streets, stroll into businesses, and are welcome to stay overnight at various hotels.

The same inclusivity for furry pals extends to Aspen’s vast network of surrounding trails.

Basalt-based travel writer, Laurel Miller, recommends her favorite dog-friendly hikes around Aspen.

Best Dog Friendly Hikes Around Aspen

All vary in distance, difficulty, and accessibility.

  • Grizzly Lake
  • West Maroon Pass
  • River Run
  • Cathedral Lake
  • Hunter Creek

Various hikes that leave from iconic Maroon Lake trailhead include:

  • Maroon Lake
  • Crater Lake
  • Buckskin Pass
    • Located in the White River National Forest and welcomes leashed dogs.
  • Aspen Snowmass Nordic Trail System
    • Which has six dog-friendly trails.

There is no shortage of adventure options for your trail time! When you decide on your accommodations, also speak with a concierge and find out their suggestions on hikes that will complement your schedule.

Aspen’s Dog-friendly Restaurants

Many of Aspen’s casual eateries allow dogs on their patios so bring them along post-hike

Favorite Dog Friendly Restaurants in Aspen

  • The Little Nell Living Room
  • 520 Grill
  • Mi Chola
  • Aspen Brewing Company
  • Shlomo’s Deli & Grill

Pet Shops in Aspen, Colorado

Need a new toy, puppy supplements, or poop baggies? Need to book a dog training session (while you’re at your ski lesson or guided day of fly fishing on the river?

Don’t hesitate to stop by CB Paws, Only Natural Pet, or the Rocky Mountain Pet Shop, all located in downtown Aspen.

Colorado’s Five Star Dog Friendly Hotels

Man walking four dogs in a dog friendly area in Aspen, Colorado.

The Little Nell is a pet-friendly hotel in Aspen, and we welcome doggies with a pamper-heavy menu. Upon arrival, your room will have dog-friendly water and food bowls, a dog bed, and even a Puppy Jet Lag Kit to help your pup adjust to the altitude.

To replenish your dog’s excitement, is what could be the best menu your dog has ever smelled. In addition to epicurean treats, the meals each feature carrots, brown rice and scrambled eggs, and a choice of the following protein: local ground beef, grilled chicken breast, or grilled salmon.

The Little Nell also offers dog walks, dog sitting, and can help you plan your outings to pet-friendly trails.

Limelight Hotels, in Aspen and Snowmass are both pet friendly, as well. Your pup’s stay includes complimentary bowls and placemats.

Stay at The Little Nell

At The Little Nell, we understand pets are part of the family, which is why we proudly welcome four-legged friends in all of our luxury accommodations. As Aspen’s only Five-Star, Five-Diamond hotel, we pride ourselves on providing impeccable service to each and every guest, including caring for your pets.

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