There are so many reasons why Winter Park is the best, but we’ve added one more. Winter Park welcomes dogs on The Gondola all summer long, so you can enjoy a paw-fect day with your four-legged friend. Here are our recommendations for a day of dog-friendly activities at Winter Park.
A Dog-Friendly Day
To fit in a full day of fun, you and your best friend can spend the night in Winter Park. The Vintage Hotel welcomes pets, so you and Fido can snuggle up and plan your next day of adventures.
Morning – Grab Breakfast
Wake up in your cozy room that’s just a quick ride to the Winter Park Village. Grab a breakfast biscuit for your pup at The Vintage front desk, before Venturing Out to find food of your own.
Once you arrive at the top of the bustling village, you’ll be met with the sweet smell of breakfast. Stop into Starbucks and get a tasty breakfast sandwich and grab your furry friend a morning puppacino to start the day. And don’t forget to stop for pets along the way!
Mid-Morning – Get Your Pup Pass
After you’ve had your fill, it’s time to start the day’s adventures. You’ll need to go to Balcony House to grab a gondola ticket for yourself. Although it’s not a requirement for your pup to have a pass, how could you pass up an opportunity to have a Winter Park branded pet pass? Plus, 100% of proceeds from every pup pass go to Grand County Pet Pals!
Once you’ve got your passes, it’s time to take a scenic ride up The Gondola.
Afternoon – Hit The Trails
After the gorgeous ride up The Gondola, your furry friend is most likely drooling with excitement (literally!) and ready to explore the mountains. If you’re looking for a scenic and mellow hike for your four-legged pal, try the Ute Trail.
If Fido has an appetite for high-alpine, try the more challenging Roof of The Rockies hike. Either way, you and your pup will both get some sought-after fresh mountain air and exercise.
Late Afternoon – Dog Park Anyone?
The gorgeous 360-degree mountain vistas have stolen your heart and your breath all afternoon long. You deserve a bit of mountaintop relaxation. Outside the Sunspot deck is a fenced-in dog park where your dog can play off-leash while you challenge a friend to a game of cornhole.
By this time, you’ve probably worked up a sweat and are ready to cool down. Pop into Sunspot and grab a refreshing ice cream cone for you and your pup before heading back down The Gondola.
Evening – Dinner at Doc’s
You’ve had a full day of adventure, so now it’s time to grab dinner before making your way back to The Vintage for another good night’s sleep. Just a few steps from The Gondola is Doc’s Roadhouse. Doc’s has an outdoor patio so you can sit outside while your furry friend is tied up next to you just outside the patio. Enjoy a juicy burger and maybe feed some scraps to your best friend for being such a good dog today.
At the end of the day, you and your pup can snuggle up and smile knowing your day at dog-friendly Winter Park will be one you both remember fur-ever.
FAPQs – Frequently Asked Pup Questions
Does my pup need a pass to ride the gondola?
No, neither a ticket nor a pet pass is required for your pet to ride the gondola. This pass does NOT give lift access and is not RFID. It’s strictly for fun! 100% of proceeds from every pup pass go to Grand County Pet Pals.
If my pup can ride the gondola, can they ride the lifts too?
No, pets are not allowed on the lifts. The Gondola is dog-friendly during the summer, but pets must remain on a leash everywhere at the resort.
Can my dog sit with me at Sunspot?
No, by law, dogs are not allowed on the Sunspot deck. They are more than welcome to play in the dog park, or on-leash on the turf in front of Sunspot. You can bring your drink onto the turf to spend time with your best friend and still enjoy a beverage.
Can my pup access hiking trails?
Yes! Your pup is more than welcome on the hiking trails, as long as they remain on a leash. Dogs are not, however, permitted on mountain biking trails.