Holiday travels with Fish and Ares

At the top of Fish and Ares’ list of favorite activities has to be road trips.  They love the adventure of sniffing and exploring locations hundreds of miles apart, separated by hours of cozy naps in the backseat of our car.  These days they are quite familiar with the trip from southern Nevada to the Denver metro area (I-15 to I-70) and love every minute of it.

Utah Winter Snow

Through trial and error and our new favorite website (bringfido.com) we’ve become well acquainted with a few ideal stops along the way.

St. George, Utah:  JC Snow Dog Park (900 S 400 E)

Located near Dixie High School and adjacent to the highway, this dog park features water hoses and fountains (turned off during the winter), a few mature trees, and picnic tables.  We found that a quick stop at the In N Out drive through before heading to the park was the perfect way to enjoy the sunny winter weather.  At 52 degrees on a January afternoon we all found the stop at this park very pleasant.

A lovely day at the dog park

A lovely day at the dog park

The dog water fountain turned off for the winter

The dog water fountain turned off for the winter

Fish enjoying the sunshine

Fish enjoying the sunshine

Parowan, Utah:  Lunt Park Rest Area (Mile marker 88 on I-15)

Just north of Parowan is a great rest stop with a small off-leash dog area.  There are two separate though comparable stops on each side of the highway.  Nothing fancy here, but if you need clean restrooms and a place to let your dogs vent a little energy, this is a great spot.

Green River, Utah:  Holiday Inn Express (1845 E Main St)

Finding clean, comfortable hotels that allow dogs of any size without an expensive pet fee can be a tall order when traveling.  We were thrilled to find the Holiday Inn Express at Green River.  The hotel is relatively new and very comfortable with a friendly staff and just outside the back door is a large park area with dog bags and picnic benches.  With the temperatures dipping down to 6 degrees we didn’t spend much time out there, but our overall stay was wonderful.

Ares as a lap dog at the Holiday Inn Express in Green River

Ares as a lap dog at the Holiday Inn Express in Green River

The park area outside the Holiday Inn Express

The park area outside the Holiday Inn Express

Fish and Ares love to explore this quiet dirt road behind the Subway just off of I-70.

Fish and Ares love to explore this quiet dirt road behind the Subway just off of I-70.

Glenwood Springs, Colorado:  Glenwood Springs Dog Park (2001 Grand Ave)

Access to this dog park is gained by a path directly behind the Safeway in Glenwood Springs.  This park has beautiful views of the mountains and runs right next to the Roaring Fork River.  Though this park doesn’t have any access to water (be sure to bring your own!), the city revamped old construction materials and turned them into an awesome playground for pups.

Lakewood, Colorado:  Forsberg Dog Park (15900 W Alameda Parkway)

One of our very favorite dog parks, Forsberg park is huge, steep, and has lovely views of the foothills.  Water fountains are available as well as an agility course.  This dog park is very popular, so Fish and Ares always have plenty of other dogs to play with (or completely ignore, depending on their mood). Forsberg Park HillForsberg Park Picnic Table

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