Dog-friendly Adventures in Jackson Hole

By Tory Cameron

Upon arriving in Jackson Hole, it becomes clear that the locals here love their pets. With numerous restaurants ready to accommodate you and your pup, multiple dog-friendly businesses and unlimited miles to run, bike or hike with you four-legged friend, Jackson Hole is a dog’s paradise. Wondering where it’s OK to take your pup? Read on:

Take your dog for a walk on leash

Want to explore the town of Jackson and its surrounding neighborhoods? Your pup can most definitely join! Check out the Town Map provided by the Friends of Pathways organization. A dog favorite is the Elk Run entrance to High School Road and back. This route has a path that winds along the river, offering plenty of opportunities for cooling off in the water. Keep in mind that your dog must be leashed!

Off-leash adventures

Snow King Mountain, the ski hill that seems to watch over the little town of Jackson, is literally a doggie paradise. In the summer, follow the switchbacks to reach the top, passing through yummy puppy smells of critters, wildflowers, new friends and fresh air! There is no requirement for dogs to be leashed, just under voice control, so let them run free (within sight and calling distance of course).

Need a little more of a challenge? Drive over Teton Pass into Idaho and check out the Table Mountain hike. On the way back to Jackson, stop by Grand Teton Brewing to enjoy a beer outside with your pooch and sample a variety of snacks from local food trucks. If you want to stay in town, Jackson Peak is an amazing option for a challenging day hike with views of Jackson and all of its surrounding mountain ranges. On the way down, take a dip with your dog in Goodwin Lake.

If hiking is not really your thing, explore the Cache Creek trail system where you can mountain bike and run with your dog, offering plenty of areas to cool off in the creek. A local favorite is the Hagen/Putt-Putt loop, which is about six miles — a perfect distance for your pup!

On really hot summer days, the best place to be is by a large body of water. Slide Lake offers the perfect place for a dip and day of exploration. Rent a paddle board from Rendezvous River Sports and paddle around the lake with your dog lounging on the bow.

If you are here in the winter, Emily’s Pond and Turpin Meadows offer miles of dog friendly cross-country ski trails. If you are looking for some downhill action, purchase an uphill pass and hike up Snow King with you pup for sunrise and enjoy the ski down! Dogs are allowed on the mountain before the lifts start to spin.

Sharing a beer with your dog

In the summer months, take advantage of the warmer nights and sit outside on the patio with your pooch! Bin22, Café Genevieve, Cowboy Coffee, Healthy Being Juicery, Persephone Bakery and The Bird all allow your pets to relax, and enjoy a night out with their humans.

Lost and found, or add a new family member

If you and your pup get separated while exploring Jackson, don’t panic! Contact the Teton County Sheriff and PAWS of Jackson Hole, so they can help reunite you with your best friend. And if there’s room in your heart for another furry pal, consider adopting a pet from the Animal Adoption Center or Jackson/Teton County Animal Shelter.