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Mountain Lodge at Telluride Extends Welcome to Pets
Upscale resort rolls out red carpet for man's best friend in pet-friendly Telluride
When it comes to vacationing in Telluride, man's best friend receive the same type of welcome and first-class treatment as his or her owners do at Mountain Lodge at Telluride.
Pets are welcome at the upscale resort, as they are at most stops in the Telluride area. Boasting more dogs than people, Telluride is one of the most dog-friendly vacation destinations in the country. Pet owners especially enjoy bringing their dogs to Telluride in summer and fall, when they can access the hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails - all of which are dog-friendly - that extend directly from the Town of Telluride. All are dog-friendly.
Pets are allowed in select cabins of the free, energy efficient gondola that connects Telluride and the neighboring town of Mountain Village, ensuring man's best friends can also enjoy the 360-degree views. The town's free shuttle bus system, the Galloping Goose, helps tired paws by welcoming well-behaved pets on a leash.
Designated "puppy parking" spots throughout town let dogs chill out for a few minutes while owners pop into nearby retail shops. Two boutiques in the Town of Telluride (Mountain Tails and Alpen Schatz) offer unique necessities and gourmet treats for pets. Alpen Schatz features the original handcrafted leather and brass, or leather and silver, Swiss Dog Collar.
The annual Telluride Fur Ball, taking place each August, is a grand celebration for dogs and their owners. Benefiting the Second Chance Humane Society, the event traditionally features live music, food and dance.
"Pets are part of life, and part of family, in the Telluride area," says Neil Hastings, director of sales and marketing for Mountain Lodge at Telluride. "Man's best friend is welcome here."