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Dog friendly adventure travel can present some unique challenges.  Here are some dog-friendly places and products that Bailey and I have enjoyed! (And before Bailey, old man Duke was my first well-traveled dog!)

Uncompahgre River in downtown Ouray

Dog-Friendly Destinations

Bailey and I have been on the road seeking out dog-friendly destinations. Here are a few of our favorites!

Dog-Friendly Hotels

Always call ahead to verify pet rules and fees. Pet fees can vary from zero to $100 a night, so as much as I prefer to be spontaneous on a road trip, it helps to do a little research ahead of time.  Our preferred hotel chain is IHG, specifically Holiday Inn Express as they usually have the most reasonable pet policies and a good rewards program.  I know La Quinta is also dog friendly, but I haven’t stayed at any of those yet.


Rocky Mountain Region

  • Holiday Inn – Frisco, CO.  We’ve stayed here several times before and after our mountain adventures.  Dog friendly and the laundry room is a bonus!
  • Staybridge Suites – Denver/South-Park Meadows.  Pleasant surprise on the East side of Denver.  Almost exactly as far as I can drive in one day from Illinois. Pet fees are extremely reasonable!
  • Topaz Lodge – Buena Vista, CO. When a cold forces you off the trail and you haven’t budgeted for a hotel stay…
  • Colter Bay Cabins – Grand Teton National Park.  Back when I was terrified to camp in bear country, I ponied up almost $200 for a cabin.  Since National Park trails are not dog friendly, it was nice to have a place to leave the dog.
  • Alpine Motel – Cooke City, MT.  Great little dog friendly lodge on the edge of Yellowstone
  • Days Inn – Glendive, MT.  Passing through in a rainstorm?  This will suffice.

Midwest US

  • Lafayette Hotel – Marietta, OH – cool historic hotel that also allows pets!
  • White Pine Lodge – Munising, MI. Snowmobilers paradise.  Few dog friendly options in Munising, so be prepared to spend a little extra!
  • Edge of Town Motel – Sister Bay, Door County, WI
  • Sheraton Suites – Cuyahoga Falls, OH.  No pet fee!
  • Holiday Inn– Austin, MN – good stop en route to Montana!
  • Ramada Inn – Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Residence Inn – Roseville, MN

Duke at our hotel in Minnesota.  He doesn't mind camping, but he loves big comfy beds!


While bringing my dog along is always preferred, sometimes there are places they can’t go, like in a kayak or whitewater raft!  It’s much better to let them stay with a trusted professional than to leave them in your car while you’re off adventuring!

  • Lucky Dog – Chicago, IL.  My sister and I have both been bringing our dogs here for over 15 years!  You can really tell the owner loves what she does and I feel 100% safe bringing my dog here for any amount of time. (Convenient hours are awesome, too!)
  • Mountain Parks Vet Hospital – Evergreen, CO
  • Hickory Hills Kennels – Madison, WI.  Madison is a great adventure hub – I’ve used this kennel when kayaking nearby on the Wisconsin River.
  • DogVacay – I had one great experience and one mediocre experience with DogVacay homes, but think of it as Airbnb for your pup!
  • Pete and Mac’s – 3 Phoenix locations – although I now live in Tucson, I use the Phoenix airport for most of my travels. Pete and Mac’s has lots of options for boarding and 3 locations throughout the Phoenix metro area, plus 2 near Kansas City. The Gilbert location is about 15 minutes from the airport.

Dog Products

Starting out in the rain towards Judd Falls

  • UltraPaws Dog Boots – read my review here.
  • Ruffwear Highlands Bed
  • Ruffwear Palisades Pack – read my review here.
  • Car Hammock – great for road trips! Keeps your dog (and most of their fur!) in the backseat

So…what is your pup’s favorite spot?

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