Dog's Day Out in Breckenridge, CO
Though Arapahoe Basin Ski Area is about 30 miles from Breckenridge, it’s in the same county, and it’s the best place to hang out with your dog during the ski season, which runs from October through the first week or two of June. Though this is where the big dogs tend to run, little dogs will have just as much fun playing in the snow. Officially, dogs must be leashed here, but unofficially, some owners watchfully allow their dogs to play around, as long as they’re well behaved and respond to voice commands. Most people and their dogs barbecue on what’s known as “the beach,” where the parking lot meets the base of the ski area. Parking is free, and the atmosphere is open, laid-back and friendly.
At Carter Park, dogs have nearly an acre of fenced-in, grassy (or snowy, depending on the season) space in which to run, play, catch Frisbees and learn new tricks — and it’s free! The park is open 24 hours a day, though there is no lighting, so if you’re taking Rover for a run at night, choose an evening illuminated by the full moon. Outside of the fenced area, the park includes picnic tables, tennis courts, a playground, baseball diamonds, sand volleyball courts and an indoor heated gathering area, which is available for rent. Like most places in Summit County, big dogs are most prevalent, though smaller dogs are always welcome. Please remember to pick up after your pet.
If you’re looking for your own townhouse or home to rent with your pets, Bighorn Rentals offers four properties with full kitchens that allow dogs, and the best part is: As long as your pet doesn’t do any damage or leave an excessive amount of hair lying around, your $200 security deposit is fully refundable, and there’s no additional charge for your furry friend. Mountainside is a four-bedroom, three-bathroom, three-level private home that sleeps up to nine people in Frisco. Swans Nest is a two-bedroom, two-bath, newly constructed condo with a one-car garage located about 3 miles north of downtown Breckenridge. Riverglen, a two-bedroom, two-bath unit is newly remodeled and one of the most popular rentals, located just off Frisco’s Main Street. Royal Buffalo has three bedrooms and a loft within its two-level floor plan. Many of the units allow access to hot tubs and pools.
The BreckConnect gondola connects the Victorian town of Breckenridge to the base of Peaks 7 and 8. Dogs are welcome on the 8-minute gondola ride, which starts from a large parking lot (free in the summer and after 3 p.m. in the winter). The gondola rises almost 400 vertical feet above protected wetlands and wildlife habitat, so you may even a spot a moose or other wildlife during your ride. The eight-passenger cabins run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (but may be closed during shoulder seasons of May, June and October). Just make sure your pooch isn’t afraid of heights or freaked out by an aluminum floor — the windows start at the floor, so your dog will be able to see how high he or she is flying.
Canary in a Clothes Mine is a boutique located in a historic building on Main Street, Breckenridge. It hails itself as the highest boutique in the nation, and it can also boast about being one of the few boutiques that allow dogs to wander in with their owners — as long as the dogs are well behaved and get along with the owner, Jayme Miner’s dog who hangs out among all the fine clothing, bedding, pictures and accessories. Inside, you’ll find a store full of unique items, including its own design of baby shirts called Wee Tees and designer names that are as fun as the clothing they create, such as Young, Fabulous and Broke.&a