Downtown Steamboat is Dog-Friendly
Dogs are welcome in many of the businesses in the Main Street Steamboat District. As you walk down Lincoln Avenue you might see water bowls out in front of stores inviting dog owners in to shop. We love our dogs in Steamboat Springs; as a matter of fact 50% of households in Steamboat have at least 1 dog if not more. That means there are almost as many dogs in town as people. You might even meet a few of our Shop Dogs.
With this in mind it is important to take a few things into consideration before you bring your dog downtown.
- Steamboat Springs has strict leash laws and dogs must be kept on leash at all times unless in a designated off-leash area. The only off-leash areas or dog parks are Spring Creek Park and Rita Valentine Park.
- Dogs are never allowed in restaurants or any place that serves food unless it is a service dog. This is a Colorado state law.
- Not all shops are dog-friendly. It is important to ask the shop tender if it is ok to bring your pet inside.
- Remember, tying your dog’s leash to a post while you shop can be extremely stressful for your pet and can even be dangerous.
- Know your own dog. Bringing a dog downtown can be very stressful to your pet. There are lots of people, bikes, and kids, not to mention loud noises. If your dog doesn’t like any of these things your dog may be more comfortable at home or walking on the core trail.
Bring poop bags.
It is important to clean up after your pet anywhere you are walking in Steamboat Springs. This includes trails and parks. Dog waste is the largest contributor to pollution of our local waterways, so be neighborly and scoop your poop.