Dog-Friendly Activities

Explore Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Did you know that the Black Canyon is one of the most dog-friendly national parks in the country? Pets on leash may be walked on roads, in campgrounds, to the overlooks, and are allowed on the Cedar Point Nature Trail, North Rim Chasm View Nature Trail, and Rim Rock Trail. Pets are not allowed on cross-country ski trails, the inner canyon wilderness, on ranger-led geology walks, or evening programs in the campground amphitheater. Please note that leashes should be a maximum of six feet in length and owners are held responsible for their pet's behavior and may receive fines if their animal creates problems with wildlife or other visitors.

Play at the Dog Park(s)

Cerise Dog Park is an off-leash area open from sunrise to sunset and is a 4.25-acre park with both a small dog area and a separate large dog area. The dog park can be accessed from the parking area at Cerise Park or from the West Main Trailhead followed by a short walk south on the Connect Trail along the Uncompahgre River. The park offers a mix of open areas for fetch and play as well as woodland trails for owners to stroll the park with their dogs. Each entrance features calming areas for handlers to unleash their dogs before entering the main fenced-in area.

At times of seasonal cleanings, Cerise Dog Park is temporarily closed to the public. During these times, the city's second dog park can be used. While it is smaller and there are fewer amenities, this park is still a great place for your pup to stretch their legs. This park is located on the northeast end of Riverbottom Park just off the bike path.

Summertime Cerise Park parking area entrance to Cerise Dog Park. Park is gated and has a calming area for dogs before entering the park.

Walk Along the Connect Trail

The 7.1-mile Connect Trail provides access from the north end of Montrose to the south, meandering along the Uncompahgre River, past multiple parks, and is paved the whole way. You're sure to meet many other doggy friends along the way!

Go Paddleboarding

Montrose Surf & Cycle offers paddleboard rentals throughout the summer right on the banks of Ridgway Reservoir. Be mindful of your pup's claws when using a rented paddleboard and make sure Montrose Surf & Cycle is aware you're bringing your dog along so they can provide the correct type of paddleboard. Located right in Montrose, the pond at Taviwach Park offers a way to get your paddles in without eating up the whole day.

Take a Hike

The Gunnison Gorge NCA, Dominguez-Escalante NCA, Curecanti NRA, Uncompahgre Plateau, and the Cimmaron Mountains are some of the gorgeous areas surrounding Montrose where you and your pup are welcome to roam! Eagle Valley Trail and Flat Top are two easy to moderate hikes, within 20 minutes of downtown.

Go Shopping 

Many shops in Montrose welcome dogs to browse too! Here are a few: The Montrose Visitor Center, The Great Outdoors Company, Colorado Yurt Company, Murdoch's, Ed's Fly Shop, Chow Down Pet Supplies, Home Depot, and Petco.

Visit the Museum of the Mountain West

This museum features an impressive collection of historic buildings and 500,000 artifacts, preserved from the golden years of the Mountain West. The recreated western town at the Museum of the Mountain West provides many photo opportunities and will educate you on early settlement in the American West. Best of all, your well-behaved dog is welcome there!  Allow at least two hours for the guided tour.

Get a Pup Cup

Freddy's and Starbucks both offer "Pup Cups", complimentary ice cream and/or whipped cream treats for the dog who deserves to be spoiled.

Share Your Montrose Experience

Upload photos of your dog(s) living their best life so that other pet parents can see all of the PAWsibilities that exist here! Don't forget to use #VisitMontrose and #MontroseCo when you share your vacation photos on social media.


Dog-Friendly Lodging

Dog-Friendly Patio Dining


When preparing for your trip, first make sure to pack your knowledge of Leave No Trace Pet Principles!

  • Water & water bowl
  • Collar and updated tags for easy identification
  • Poop bags
  • Treats and food
  • Leash
  • Harness
  • Toys
  • Musher's Secret for dry and cracked paws
  • Booties for extreme temperatures and unforgiving terrain
  • Life jacket for water sports
  • A jacket or sweater in colder temperatures


Pet Stores


Doggy Spas & Grooming

Montrose Veterinarians

When you lead the life of an adventurous Montrose pup, sometimes accidents happen.

Lost Dog

In the unfortunate event that your dog gets lost on vacation, contact Montrose Animal Services immediately at 970.240.1487 and check their stray/lost animal page frequently. The Montrose County Lost and Found Pets Group is another helpful resource.



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