“It’s a dog’s life,” a term that originated in the 16th century, used to allude to the miserable subservient existence of dogs during this era. Not so in today’s world. And, certainly not in dog-friendly Aspen Snowmass. Many lodges in Aspen and Snowmass Village are pet-friendly. Four-legged friends checking in with their human companions will be greeted with much more than just a pat on the head. They are offered complimentary bowls, special dog beds and sometimes even their own room service menu. If the hotel doesn’t offer dog walking, the concierge can connect guests with a local dog walking service.

No doubt canine friends are likely to have as much fun in Aspen Snowmass as human guests!

Limelight Hotel Aspen

A Dog's Life at Limelight Hotel Aspen
A Dog's Life at Limelight Hotel Aspen

For more than 40 years, the Limelight Aspen has carried on pup-friendly practices. So, when Jake the Yellow Lab and his owner visit Aspen, they can travel lighter since they are welcomed with a complimentary bowl and placemat upon check in. Dog-friendly Wagner Park is just across the street where they can play fetch or watch a rugby match. Since dogs are allowed to ride the Silver Queen Gondola in the summer, Jake and his human companion can hop on a gondola car to the top of Aspen Mountain and hike around amid the surrounding breathtaking views. Should Jake’s owner want to stop into the Limelight bar area or the lounge for a cold one, it’s just fine that Jake is in tow as long as food isn’t being served during that time.
A $30 pet cleaning fee per pet, per night is required. Be sure to call ahead (800-433-0832) to request a pet-friendly room.

Limelight Hotel Snowmass

A Dog's Life at Limelight Hotel Snowmass
A Dog's Life at Limelight Hotel Snowmass

In keeping with the Limelight tradition, the Limelight Snowmass is also welcoming to dogs. Hank the Black Labrador Retriever receives the same hospitality as Jake – a complimentary bowl and placemat. The Lounge and bar are off limits to Hank, due to food service. However, outside play couldn’t be better with hiking trails throughout Snowmass, summertime rides on the Elk Camp gondola and walks on Snowmass Mountain. Leashes are required since there are biking trails on the mountain.
A $30 per night (per pet) fee is required at the Limelight Snowmass. Do call ahead to reserve a designated pet-friendly room.

The Little Nell

A Dog's Life at the Little Nell, Aspen
A Dog's Life at the Little Nell, Aspen

The Little Nell’s Five-Star, Five-Diamond service extends to four-legged friends complete with peanut butter dog treats (compliments of the pastry chef) and a custom pet menu. When Bella the Goldendoodle checks in with her human companions, she is greeted with a Puppy Jet Lag kit that contains The Little Nell leash (a souvenir), a large dog bed (small and medium beds are available for smaller breeds), silver dog bowls for food and water, and a dog menu. Mouth-watering selections range from Wagyu Beef with Eggs & Brown Rice to Grilled Salmon with Scrambled Eggs & Brown Rice. Bella is not only welcome as an overnight guest, she can lounge in the living room, and take walks through the lobby. Valets and bellman are available to walk Bella around town on request. Her human companions can also take her on the gondola in the summer to explore Aspen Mountain.
Pet owners of overnight canine guests, are required to sign an agreement upon arrival. A fee of $125 is charged for the first night and $25 per night thereafter.

Other pet-friendly lodges in Aspen Snowmass include Aspen Meadows (lots of room to roam), Hotel Jerome (formerly known for its on-site Mountain Bernese), the St. Regis Aspen Resort, Aspen Square and the Viceroy Snowmass.

A dog’s life in Aspen Snowmass — not bad at all.

About the Author

Susan Linden IAS
Susan Linden, writer


Susan Linden has been wordsmithing as an advertising copywriter, feature writer, and storyteller since her college days. She left the whirlwind corporate world to live in the mountains and spends as much time as she can hiking, biking, and skiing in them. Working, playing, and raising a family in the Roaring Fork Valley for the last 29 years gives Susan a unique insider’s perspective to share.

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