Pet Friendly Travel

Bringing Your Dog to The Great Sand Dunes National Park

Bring your pet!

The entire state of Colorado is known for its dog-friendly activities and Alamosa is no exception. Discover the pet friendly attractions so you and your pooch can have the best visit possible. As always, pets are welcome at the Colorado Welcome Center at Alamosa.  Treats are usually available from our ever-friendly volunteers and there is plenty of room for both you and your pet to take a walk and stretch your legs.

Stay and Play

No matter where you choose to stay, we can help you find dog-friendly accommodations in Alamosa. Be sure to mention your intent to bring a pet when making reservations, as there may be limited availability.

Dog-Friendly Hotels and Motels:

Alamosa Lamplighter
Best Western Alamosa Inn
Comfort Inn of Alamosa
Days Inn Alamosa
Great Sand Dunes Lodge
Holiday Inn Express
Riverside Inn
Rodeway Inn
Super 8 Motel
The Sunset Inn
Valley Motel

 

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Camping With Your Dog in Alamosa

All of our favorite places to camp are happy to have your well-behaved pups as guests. Check out the Hotels and Motels Page or Camping and RV Park Page for all of our pet friendly options. 

Tips and Resources:

  • If you are taking your pet to the Great Sand Dunes, please be aware that the surface temperature of the sand can reach as high as 150 degrees in the summer.  Paws are tender, so take your pet for a walk early in the morning or in the evening. 
  • Vehicles get very hot, especially at this altitude, even cooler weather.  Consideration of the heat and dehydration potential is crucial.  Pets need to acclimate to the elevation as well!
  • While itโ€™s tempting to let your furry friend frolic in nature, please be cognizant of leash laws. There is a lot of wildlife in the area and unleashed dogs are not recommended for the safety of themselves and other animals unless otherwise permitted.

FAQ 

Can I bring my dog to the Great Sand Dunes National Park?

Yes! Your leashed dog is welcome to enjoy the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Certain areas of the park are restricted to dogs, so visit the site to familiarize yourself with the guidelines.

Can I find dog boarding and daycare in Alamosa?

Yep! If you are going to ride one of our scenic railroads, or don't want to keep your pet in your hotel for the day, call All-4-Paws, a great place for daycare or overnight stays. 719-589-3988.

Can you help me find a local vet?

In case your pet needs medical attention, Alpine Veterinary Hospital is conveniently located on the West side of Alamosa. 719-852-2561

Is there an extra fee for pets when booking hotels?

We have several properties that allow pets and most will have an additional pet fee. The cost varies by property, and availability is not guaranteed. We suggest contacting the individual properties when booking to ensure your pet can stay and to verify fees.

Where can I take my dog for a hike near Alamosa and the Great Sand Dunes National Park?

The Great Sand Dunes National Park allows leashed dogs. Please be aware of temperatures at the park, as the sand can reach temperatures of 150 degrees and will burn your pup's paws. There are many nearby trailheads that allow your leashed dogs the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful hike.
  • South Zapata Lake Trail
  • Mosa Pass Trail
  • Sand Dunes Loop Trail
  • Wellington Ditch Trail
  • Little Medano Creek Trail
  • Montville Nature Trail