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Pet-Friendly Hotels and Plentiful Parks Make Aspen a Pup’s Paradise


ASPEN, Colo. (Jan. 2019) — No one likes to leave family at home when going on vacation, and fortunately Aspen caters to those furry, four-legged loved ones. Hotels, restaurants, retailers, and even local banks all have amenities specific to dogs traveling with their owners, making Aspen a heavenly spot for man’s best friend.


PAMPERING YOUR PUP – Many of Aspen’s hotels welcome canine guests with open arms. Options for dog-friendly, high-end accommodations include Aspen’s finest. The Little Nell, a five-star, five-diamond hotel, indulges their four-legged guests by providing in-room water and food bowls, pet menu selections, plush beds, personalized brass ID tags, a dog walking and sitting service, gourmet treats, and recommendations for groomers and pet-friendly hiking trails. There’s even a Puppy Jet Lag Kit if the altitude isn’t suiting your Airedale. Expect the same service from the neighboring Residences at the Little Nell.  Additional canine amenities can be found at St. Regis Aspen Resort and Hotel Jerome. Aspen’s original dog-friendly hotel, the Limelight Hotel, continues to welcome four-legged friends with in-room dog bowls and a superb location across from dog-friendly Wagner Park. For budget-conscious travelers, the conveniently located Aspen Mountain Lodge is also Fido-friendly. Hotel Aspen and Molly Gibson also provide affordable lodging options that are pet-friendly and support the Aspen Animal Shelter with ongoing sponsorships and donations. 


DOG-FRIENDLY DINING – Never dined with your dog? The Little Nell’s Living Room and Terrace Bar invite dogs to join their human companions for five-star dining. With gourmet selections, the dog menu ensures their taste buds will be tantalized as well. In addition, al fresco dining options are plentiful during summer months. Grab a to-go salad from The Big Wrap, grab a brew at the dog-friendly Aspen Tap, or sit on the patio at one of the many restaurants in town, where they’ll allow you to tie up your dog on the sideline and give him a bowl of water to boot.


FROM DOG BONES TO BEDS CB Paws is a specialty boutique featuring gifts for dogs and the people that love them such as homemade cookies and plush beds. Rocky Mountain Pet Shop provides food, treats and a huge selection of dog toys, and now has a self-service dog wash to clean up your pooch after a long hike. Looking for something truly decadent and one-of-kind? Visit Aspen’s Moncler boutique, offering down doggie coats and other fashionable, technical outerwear to help your pup brave the elements. 


HIT THE TRAILS – Aspen has an endless chain of parks, trails, and streams where your pup can play. Between Aspen’s Wagner Park, Paepcke Park, and Rio Grande Park, there’s plenty of room for a pick-up game of Frisbee, swimming in the Roaring Fork River, or just relaxing with your favorite four-legged friend.


Aspen offers miles of hiking and walking trails, including the beginner level Rio Grande Trail, the popular Smuggler/Hunter Creek Trail, and the challenging yet shaded Ute Trail. Smuggler Mountain Road, located on the southeast side of town, is an official off-leash area for dogs, making this challenging hike for humans an open-space dog park, too. Dogs are allowed on the Silver Queen Gondola in the summer, so hikers can take their pooches to the top of Aspen Mountain and out Richmond Ridge. For more information and rules, check with the Aspen Ranger District. (970.925.3445)


INSIDER TIPS – Many of the city’s bellman like to make nice with dogs and are eager to offer up something delectable in return for a tail wag. Or do some in-person banking at Alpine Bank, where tellers are quick to dole out biscuits to well-behaved pups.


FEELING LONELY? For travelers who left their pets at home but still yearn for some canine camaraderie, the Aspen Animal Shelter’s ‘Rent-a-Pet Program’ allows visitors to spend a day with an eager companion. In fact, many participants end up going home with a new adopted friend.


ANIMAL HOSPITAL – Should something go wrong, or if your dog needs a mid-vacation check-up, Aspen Animal Hospital is a quick jaunt from town, and offers a full array of veterinary services.


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4th of July Parade Waiver


PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street.  PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: 

Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s  


  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
  • Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street. 
  • Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests. 
  • All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion. 
  • Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.


The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).


                                    Participants are required to carry insurance adequate to cover any liability for damage, injury, economic loss, or other liability that may be incurred by individuals and/or organizations during the Fourth of July parade. All participants agree to carry such insurance, and also agree not to submit any claim against the insurance of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, or anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade.


                                         The undersigned understands the potential dangers that could be encountered in participating in the Fourth of July parade. The dangers include, among other things, dangers relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; crowds of persons in close proximity to such traffic; animals that may react unpredictably in a parade environment; celebration and recreational activities; loud and unexpected noise; items that may be thrown to and from the crowd in connection with the parade; and other dangers traditionally associated with parades.  Understanding those risks, the undersigned for itself and for all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade with the undersigned, does hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions, or rights of action (including attorneys’ fees and costs) that are related to or are in any way connected with the undersigned’s participation in the parade. By signing this RELEASE, the undersigned intends to extinguish any and all liability and to indemnify against any loss on the part of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade for any injury or damage of any nature (without regard to negligence or fault) to the undersigned and to all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

                                      The undersigned warrants and represents that it will not invite or allow any person to participate in the parade unless such person is bound to the terms of this RELEASE. To that end, the undersigned agrees that it shall take any steps necessary to secure agreement of such persons to the terms of this RELEASE, and that it shall be deemed a responsible person within the meaning of C.R.S. § 13-22-107 and § 19-1103(94) for all children who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.


   I am the official representative of the undersigned organization. On behalf of the organization, I acknowledge our responsibilities as set forth above. I also accept on behalf of the organization all of the terms and conditions of this



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