Park City’s reputation as a dog-friendly destination almost needs no explanation. Take a healthy, active group of folks with a love of the great outdoors and it naturally follows that four-legged friends fit within the mix.
Wherever you go in Park City, whether it be on trails or even for a walk down historic Main Street, you’ll notice the love affair Parkites have with pooches. Local businesses welcome dogs with the same affection as their owners — often with full water bowls outside the door and bowls of free doggie treats for furry friends.
In fact, in January of 2016, Park City council unanimously declared the 1,400-acre parcel of open space in Round Valley to be an off-leash area for dogs who were under voice control of their owners. What a gift for city council to give to people who want to recreate with their four-legged friends unencumbered by leashes. For more information, read up here.
However there have been a few restrictions limiting dog access in Park City dining establishments. The city health department issued a dog variance permit in 2015 requiring local restaurants to adhere to special codes to allow pooches on their porches. Most of the restrictions involved having space to accommodate dogs at least 10 feet from the main entry door, and a “dog hazardous waste removal plan.” Find a complete list of restaurants with dog-friendly porches here.
Here’s a snapshot of a few pooch-oriented ways to give Fido the Park City royal pooch treatment.
DOGINHAUS – www.doginhaus.com
Consider this to be a doggy day care facility and day spa, with “pawdicure” services to treat cracked, dry paws and penthouse boarding suites with pet-friendly movies on the flat-screen TV and a lounge area.
DOO CREW — www.doocrew.biz
The Doo Crew take care of the unsavory task of picking up after your pooch with their convenient yard-waste removal service that is billed monthly and made to measure depending upon the number of pooches in the household.
GROOMIN ON THE GO — www.groominonthego.net
Owner Jessie Bost brings her salon-on-wheels to your home, washing, clipping and styling pooches in the back of her mobile, tricked out grooming van. Talk about hot dog!
FETCH PARK CITY —www.fetchparkcity.com
Provides a full spectrum of doggy concierge services including walking, training, non-kennel boarding, playdates and socialization.
HAPPY HOUNDS – www.parkcitydogwalkers.com
Tailor-fit outdoor playdates with three to five canine companions defines this local company owned and run by Jana Lee Corn, who takes extra care to pair up pooches of similar temperament and activity level for the 1-2 hour jaunts..
LOVE YOUR PET BAKERY — www.loveyourpetbakery.com
Why should only humans get organic, free-range and raw foods? This specialty pet boutique and bakery offers superior diets for pets, including preservative-free frozen raw meals and healthy baked goods for your favorite Fido.
MOUNTAIN HOUNDS — www.parkcitydog.com
Formerly “Hank and Bullit’s K9 Adventures”, Mountain Hounds offers doggy daycare outdoor adventures and kennel-free overnight stays at their 42-acre ranch outside of Kamas, or in-home pet care.
THE DOG NANNIES — www.pcdognannies.com
This agency has a roster of dog loving staff who administer dog walking and in-home pet care with attention to detail — including adherence to special diets, administering of medication, and other specialized care — for animals requiring more TLC.
WAGGING TAILS ON THE TRAILS — www.waggingtailsonthetrails.com
A hiking club for dogs? Only in Park City. Owner Karla Calderon takes dogs on two-hour off leash adventures with a group of pre-screened, socialized pooch pals along Park City’s hundreds of trails.
FENCED IN DOG RUNS
- Willow Creek (4460 Split Rail Lane) dog park and pond offer energetic dogs 2.4 fenced-in acres of off lease dog paradise that includes a swimming pond (complete with a wooden dock perfect for endless hours of fetch in the water), and agility play equipment. http://basinrecreation.org/master_dog_parks.html#top
- Park City dog park at the Recreation Complex (600 Gilmore Way) at Quinn’s Junction and near the Park City Ice Arena offers a fully fenced-in facility and some agility equipment with plenty of space to run and play. http://www.visitparkcity.com/listings/Park-City-Ice-Arena-and-Sports-Complex/3623/588/
- Run-A-Muk opened in fall 2014 as the first fenced-in, off lease hiking and play area with a two-mile trail that spans more than 40 acres at the base of the Utah Olympic Park in Kimball Junction.
- Trailside dog park (5715 Trailside Drive) is a smaller, quieter, fenced-in dog park located next to the two sports fields and adjacent to some play areas for human kids.