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Having a dog is a walk in the park
Greta the dog enjoys a great lunch break at the Intermountain Dog Park.
Tom Boyd 

Having a dog is a walk in the park

By Tom Boyd

September 10, 2007 —  Despite what my mischievous older brother would have you believe, that is NOT my new mugshot you see to the right of these words. Thatís Greta, the dog, and sheís a very nice girl who lives in West Vail. I met her today at the dog park.

Itís tough to be a pet owner and come to a new town, and when youíre looking for a dogpark you can get a lot of misinformation. So hereís the deal with Vailís dogparks.

1) The Intermountain dog park is in West Vail. To get there take I-70 to the West Vail exit, follow the south frontage road (the Marriot Streamside side of the highway) west to the first turn on the left. All the photos are from that dog park Ö dogs old and new get together there any time of day and play in the large field there, or jump into Gore Creek for a drink. Thereís also a nice pedestrian bridge which leads to a beautiful path, and the path leads to a fun play park for kids. For a map click here.

Having a dog is a walk in the park
I always feel a sense of releif every time I see a sign which allows me to release my dog from his ever-present leash.
Photo by Tom Boyd 

2) The Bighorn Lake dog park is in East Vail. To get there take I-70 to the East Vail exit, follow the south frontage road east and turn right on Streamside Cir E. Continue east on Streamside about 400 yards and then veer right. Follow this road past the Vail Racquet Club and look for Bighorn Park on your left. Great spot for dog swimming! For a map click here

3) The Edwards dog park is in Edwards and also has a lake. To get there take I-70 to the Edwards exit, turn south onto the spur road (away from Singletree) and take a left at the first stop light onto Miller Ranch Road. Take your second right into Freedom Park and look for the pond. For a map click here

There you go! And, as always, if you have more questions send us a message through our "Ask a Local" feature available on the right-hand side of this page.



Comment on article  1 Comment on "Having a dog is a walk in the park"


Dodie — January 29, 2009

This is a great dog park, even in winter. There is water running nearby, so if you have a chicken little dog that might go out on ice, keep an eye on 'em! Lots of big dogs in the park, but all well-behaved. If you have human youngsters, there is a nice playground just across the creek.



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