Valley Dog Parks & Trails
From East Vail to Eagle, enjoy the outdoors with your furry friend at one of our many dog parks and walking trails. The Valley offers an array of parks ranging from off-leash riverside open space to a fully fenced agility course and everything in between.
Bighorn Dog Park
An off-leash program has been established at this dog park for friendly, obedient pets with playgrounds, picnic tables, restrooms, and epic views of the East Vail chutes, falls, and surrounding forests.
Dogs are allowed in all parks in Vail on-leash, including Ford Park which has a large field space and playground, as well as the adjacent Betty Ford Gardens. Portions of Ford Park can be booked for private events.
Eagles Nest & Eagle Bahn Gondola
Leashed dogs welcome, beautiful hiking area with free gondola rides down for you and your dog. You must, however, hike your dog up the mountain as National Forest rules prohibit dogs from being carried up in the Gondola or chair lift.
Vail Nordic Center
Located just east of town along the Town of Vail Golf course, leashed dogs are welcome.
White River National Forest
East of Vail, near Copper Mountain, this trail offers a steady elevation gain through aspen and pine forests. Leashed dogs welcome. Hiking trail finishes at the two Wheeler lakes, or you can continue on the Gore Range Trail up to Lost Lake.
White River National Forest Trails
Dogs are not required to be on leashes in the Flat Tops Wilderness but they must remain under voice control. Leash requirements vary by trail and district.
Booth Falls & Booth Lake Hiking Trails
Leashed dogs welcome along this alpine hike, passing 60-foot Booth Falls, conifer and aspen forests, and meadows of wildflowers, with the final 1/4 mile to Booth Lake being steep and rocky.
Pitkin Lake Trail
Beginning in East Vail and ending at Pitkin Lake, leashed dogs are welcome to accompany you along this hike that begins with a strenuous climb then levels out somewhat passing through aspen and fir forests, followed by steep switchbacks before reaching two waterfalls and Pitkin Lake.
Stephen’s Dog Park
The other off-leash dog park option in Vail friendly, obedient pets with a creek for your dog to play in. Access to the creek is not fenced off. Voice control over your dog is recommended for this dog park. BBQ pit, restaurants, and picnic tables are also at this park.
Meadow Mountain Trail
This popular trail begins just south of the Holy Cross Ranger Station off Hwy 24 en route to Minturn, the hike is an old forest road with relics of cabins and corrals, and even evidence of old ski runs. Leashed dogs are welcome.
The center of the town of Avon, Nottingham Park is home to Nottingham Lake and many outdoor recreational opportunities, surrounded by a paved trail leashed dogs are welcome.
This park is a great spot to let your dog run and enjoy a watering hole and beach with other dogs. It’s adjacent to a rest area off of I-70, and there’s a bike path surrounding the pond for on/off leash jaunts. Note the area is not fenced off, best for obedient dogs.
Bring your pet to play off-leash at this Edwards dog park, best for well trained obedient dogs as the area is not fully fenced.
I-70 MM147 E/W Rest Stop Dog Area
Dog area is neither off-leash nor fenced, but has a great grassy area by the river with picnic space for you to take a break with your pooch and paved and dirt trails beside the Eagle River to walk them.
Large partially fenced off-leash area with creekside trail, seating, and two fully fenced smaller areas, one being an agility course and one a safe space for smaller dogs. Located across the street from the Eagle Ranch Golf Course Club House along Sylvan Lake Road.