Top 5 Dog Places in Bozeman
Let’s just start off by saying Bozeman is a dog town, period. If you go camping with friends, I guarantee you there will be almost as many dogs as people. Go downtown and sit in a restaurant with a window facing the street – you’ll see dogs in every shape, color and size. Bozemanites LOVE their canines. In my house – 1 human / three dogs. Needless to say I have had my yahoos everywhere, and here are my thoughts on some of the best places to take your dog(s).
1 – Cooper Park - If you’re a local you know this as “the dog park”, and if you are new or just visiting Bozeman its located on 11th and it’s a must. EVEN if you have a dog in your possession for over an hour, you must take them to Cooper Park. It’s like a dog code they seem to all know about – Dogs LOVE Cooper Park. If you don’t take them there, they will know. You will also meet cool peps at Copper Park that also share your furry friend obsession.
2 – Pete’s Hill - If you are headed up to Pete’s Hill you should make sure your dogs are on a leash. Its very popular due to it’s absolute beauty, but also has a ton of kids, families and other pets due to it’s close proximity to the Bozeman Library and Outdoor Swimming Pool. Don’t be a jerk and scare the children. Pete’s Hill holds the best views you can find right in town, and has a trail system (OFF of main roads) that goes forever. It’s a dog walkers paradise.
3 – Storm Castle – This hike is close and located in the Gallatin Canyon. Its very easy to get to and a fairly easy hike. After about a mile the trees open up and you can see the canyon via panoramic view – it’s spectacular. PLUS, for some reason dog lovers have overtaken the place. Make sure you have your leashes with you, but you can feel ok letting fido run around a little bit. Don’t forget your bear spray – the danger up there is for real.
4 – The Drop & Trot 5k – Ok, maybe I am a little partial because this run benefits my favorite Non-Profit Haven – but this is the only 5k in town that allows you to run with your dog. It adds a certain fun factor to running, something I don’t particularly enjoy (I SUCK at running!). They also encourage costumes! If you decide to sign on for this run, not only will you get in shape – your doggies will too. AND it benefits the fight against domestic violence, it doesn’t get any better than that.
5 - Dee-O-Gee – This store is located at the intersection of 8th & Main, and it’s a dog lovers paradise. Don’t leave fido at home, he/she is more than welcome at Dee-O-Gee. In fact, most of the time he’s going to leave with a new bandana around his neck – thanks to their wonderful staff. My favorite item, a simple magnet that reads “Wag More, Bark Less”.