August 28, 2009 –Manitou Springs, CO– Over six million people visit the Pikes Peak region annually, which means a lot of foot traffic for this area’s attractions and activities. This also means a lot of “paw” traffic, too!
Many couples, families and groups who travel every year choose to take along with them their four-legged friends and companions. The attractions and activities throughout the Pikes Peak region recognize that pets are, very often, as much of a family member these days as a brother, sister, mom, dad, grandparent or uncle.
Below is some information about a few of the Pikes Peak region attractions who are dog-friendly for those visitors who are traveling to our area with their faithful companions.
Royal Gorge Bridge in Canon City Wants Dogs To Cross Them!
Over 23 million visitors including thousands of dogs since 1929 have walked across the world’s highest suspension bridge with their masters. For Canine Lovers on Vacation, the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park, Canon City, Colorado, provides kennels at the entrance to the park that are cleaned and disinfected after each use and are free of charge to patrons on a first come, first serve basis. Dogs in the park must be on a leash and are not allowed on the rides or inside the buildings. (Royal Gorge Bridge employees have been known to set water buckets outside their shops for our thirsty friends!) For more information, visit www.royalgorgebridge.com
Pikes Peak Highway – America’s Mountain – Dog Paradise!
Did you know the Pikes Peak Highway – America’s Mountain is pet friendly?! There’s no better place to bring a dog or puppy than to Pikes Peak, where there are trails, streams and lots of room to frolic in and critters to sniff out! It is strongly recommended that pets remain on a leash so as to avoid getting lost. However, leashes are not mandatory. It’s not very often that a dog would have this kind of opportunity for so many new sniffs, sights and sounds. Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain is a certainly a place for everyone in the family to romp around and play in! www.pikespeakcolorado.com
Manitou Cliff Dwellings is Puppy Dwellings, Too!
The Manitou Springs Cliff Dwellings is a pet-friendly attraction. As long as the pets are always leashed, then they can go everywhere the people go here. For more information, visit www.cliffdwellingsmuseum.com
Buckskin Joe’s Frontier Town and Railway Boards Pooches, Too!
Dogs are welcome at Buckskin Joe Railway. Greg Tabuteau, Buckskin Joe’s Frontier Town and Railway General Manager, is also a dog lover. Jasmine, his first golden retriever, is what started the tradition he now has of being a pet-friendly. Tabuteau started bringing his own pets to work one day and let them be passengers on the train. This happened enough times that Tabuteau decided to let the passengers who had pets with them to also allow their canine companions to come on board. This tradition of allowing dogs on the railway continues today. Pets can also come into the park on a leash of course and do and go everywhere their owners can with the exception of the main body of our Gold Nugget Restaurant. However, the dogs can belly up to the bar and get a cool drink of water in one of our many dog water bowls. They can even ride the train! Every year we get more and more people in with their pets. They just can’t believe how pet friendly we are and they really appreciate it. Next year, Buckskin Joe’s may even implement a dog menu for the restaurant; an idea given to them by one of their visitors this year. For more information, visit www.buckskinjoe.com and click on the Pets Welcome tab.
Pikes Peak Heritage Center at Cripple Creek Lets Dogs Take A Stroll Inside, Too!
The Pikes Peak Heritage Center at Cripple Creek has a nice dog walk area with terrific overlooks. They are also pet-friendly inside the facility for dogs on leashes with owners willing to take care of poodle puddles, should they occur. Visit www.pikes-peak.com and click on their link on the right hand side.
Miramont Castle Museum
Pets that are able to be carried are allowed to also be toted through the Miramont Castle Museum in Manitou Springs, Colorado. Pets are also allowed on leashes on the grounds of the Victorian Garden at the Castle (provided no evidence of the pet is left behind!). For more information about the Miramont Castle Museum, go to: www.miramontcastle.org
Seven Falls welcome pets with their families. Located at the base of the falls (just beyond the main curio) and the restrooms (mid canyon) we have doggie pot stations containing plastic refuse bags. A water station for your thirsty pet is located at the base of the falls. For your pets safety please have them remain on their leash during your visit. For more information, please visit www.sevenfalls.com
Ghost Town Museum
Ghost Town Museum welcomes pets who are leashed and simply asks that owners clean up after them. They recognize four-legged friends also like to walk into the past and take a peek into the Old West of the 1800s and 1900s! www.ghosttownmuseum.com.
Of course, service dogs are always welcome at all area attractions and activities.
For more information about local attractions and activities, visit www.Pikes-Peak.com or call us at 1.800.525.2250.