Take one look at any happy dog in Crested Butte and it’s pretty obvious that Crested Butte is heaven on earth for our canine friends. In fact, the local paper has far more dog obituaries than ones for people- a testament to the love people have for their dogs here. Many businesses in Crested Butte have a water dish outside, and perhaps even offer a doggie treat for passing pups. Gunnison county encompasses 3,239 square miles, and 78% of that is public land- which is a lot of room for a dog to roam. In Wilderness areas, dogs are required to be on a leash. The Crested Butte Nordic Center even has designated trails just for dogs. Dogs in Crested Butte will find everything they need, from the excellent Dr. Laura Ramos, special toys at Mountain Tails, and doggie daycare and boarding at Oh-Be-Dogful Pet Ranch. Visitors have several options for their canine companions, such as The Ruby Bed and Breakfast, Elk Mountain Lodge, and specified rooms at the Grand Lodge.
Renters in Crested Butte will quickly find that finding dog friendly properties in Crested Butte can be a challenge. The majority of homeowner associations only allow pets for the homeowners themselves, leaving landlords no choice but to exclude pets from their rental property. Thankfully, the opportunity exists for dog owners to become property owners themselves. Most properties in the area allow pets for homeowners. Exceptions include all but two floors of the Grand Lodge, Chateaux (dogs are only allowed in the summer), Timberline (dogs *may* be allowed on a case by case basis), and Skyland Lodge, among others. I love helping dog owners find the perfect property for their dog (and themselves)- contact me today and get that dog of yours a new place to stay.