Lodging in Park City, Utah That Allow Pets

by Joe Fletcher

Park City, Utah is world renowned for its selection of skiing at three distinct resorts all located within minutes from downtown. In the summer, the destination offers a wealth of outdoor activities that are great for you and your best friend; spend a little time hiking, camping or mountain biking the Wasatch Mountains or nearby Uintas. Given the outdoor-oriented nature of Park City, there are plenty of properties that allow dogs. So bring your first mate along; he'll certainly enjoy the trip more than a kennel back home.

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While a dog wouldn't quite fit in on a downhill skiing trip to Park City, the warmer months are ideal for dogs. For a scenic stroll, the town is home to the start of the 28 -mile Rail Trail that runs through downtown and Kimball Junction and then out of Park City, tracing the old Union Express line. The trail is paved through Park City and is packed dirt elsewhere. According to the city's chamber of commerce, there are over 300 miles of trails in the surrounding mountains and valleys around Park City. Many of these are open to dogs. At the time of publishing, Park City's Mountain Trails Foundation stated on its website that it was working with public officials toward designating leash-free trails, but leashes were still required as per municipal ordinance. In downtown Park City, you'll find several boutique pet shops. When planning longer hikes and backpacking trips, note that dogs are not allowed over the ridge line into Little or Big Cottonwood Canyon due to the Salt Lake City watershed.

Holiday Inn Express

Located in the Kimball Junction area of Park City, just off of Interstate 80, the Holiday Inn Express allows pets for a $20 nightly fee, as of November 2010. As is usually the case, pets cannot be left unattended in the room. The Rail Trail runs right through the Kimball Junction area, making walking your dog in the morning or evening easy. You'll also find Park City's largest resort--the Canyons--and The Olympic complex in this section of town. Hotel amenities include an indoor pool, health and fitness center, sauna and whirlpool.

Best Western Landmark Inn

Also located in the Kimball Junction section of town, just down the street from the Tanger Outlet shops, the Best Western Landmark Inn is a 106-room property with both suites and rooms. The hotel is just eight miles from Jordanelle Reservoir, a state park where you can take your dog. Pets are allowed at the Best Western for a $10 nightly fee, as of November 2010. The Best Western has a heated indoor pool as well as a sunbathing area that includes activities like volleyball, horseshoes and basketball.

Dogsitting

Though Park City is a suitable destination for both dogs and owners, sometimes you have to venture where dogs are not allowed. There are several kennels and dogsitting services in and around town that can give you some time to do human-only things. Doginhaus is a 6,000 square foot indoor/outdoor facility that offers kenneling, grooming and daycare. It is located in Park City on Rasmussen Road. Thorn Creek Kennel located in nearby Kamas, Utah also offers boarding and daycare.

About the Author

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.