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Policies at McGregor Mountain Lodge in Estes, CO
Policies at McGregor Mountain Lodge in Estes, CO

Dog & Pet Policy

We are home to many types of Rocky Mountain wildlife. Bighorn Sheep, Elk, Mule Deer, Bear, and many other species, are commonly seen on our property.

For this reason, we only allow dogs in our cabins nearest to the office.

These cabins include numbers 2, 3, 4, 5, & 14.

Please Note: If it is found that your dog(s) has been left in your cabin unattended and uncrated there will be an AUTOMATIC $200 fee assessed which will be applied to your stay. You will be asked to agree, in writing, to this policy upon check-in. 

Well-behaved dogs that are a part of your family, and that travel with you always, are more than welcome to lodge with us. However, those pets that are being brought along because the dog sitter was out of town, or you couldn’t get a spot at the kennel, should find alternative housing and the care that your beloved pet deserves.

Those bringing your four footed siblings will not object to our $25/night charge per dog (Sorry, two is company, but three doggies are a crowd) regardless of size, shape, color, age, and shedding capabilities. Cabins that accommodate our four legged friends are subject to more wear and tear, hence more cleaning and repairs, as are our grounds.

We respect and welcome any and all of your canine companions, and their well trained two legged ones, when abiding by these rules:

  • Dogs must be on a leash at ALL times.
  • Noisy dogs are not appreciated and scare the wildlife.
  • No “unpotty-trained” dogs allowed.
  • Have your dog do their “duty” in front of YOUR cabin, and pick up after them IMMEDIATELY.
  • Dogs are NEVER to be left unattended inside of a cottage, for ANY reason, unless in a crate, that you provide, and quiet. And NEVER tied up outside of your cottage, whether you are home or not.
  • Dogs need to eat out of their own bowls. DO NOT use ours.
  • Dogs are NEVER allowed on any furniture for any reason. This includes beds, couches, chairs, tables, counter tops, & window sills.
  • Our property borders Rocky Mountain National Park. Dogs are NEVER to be taken on to National Park property. If caught, you will be subject to a $1,500 fine by the NPS. They DO NOT treat this matter lightly. (the National Park’s Pet Policy)

If ANY of these rules are not followed, we reserve the right to evict you, and your pet, at any time, WITHOUT REFUND.

We also reserve the right to charge an additional cleaning/repair fee, on top of the nightly room charge for your dog, if there is ANY damage.

Please respect our other guests on the property.

At this time, we do not allow other four legged creatures, including but not limited to: Bears, Water Buffalo, Giraffes, Coyotes, Ferrets, Rabbits, Chimpanzees, Hippos, Pot Bellied Pigs, and especially those of the Feline family, including Bobcats, Tigers, Mountain Lions, Leopards, Persians, Siamese, or Calicos (to name a few :-). Exotic birds of tropical regions are also prohibited.

Evidence of these creatures in any of our cottages and suites will result in a $100 fine and immediate removal of the animal.

When bringing a dog to any new area, especially wilderness areas such as the Lodge, there are some hard facts you may want to consider:

There will be many new distractions, such as new and exciting scents, interesting sounds, and large, wide open spaces that could cause your, normally well behaved, dog to suddenly “take off” in any given direction, at any given time.

Your call and pleads for your pet to return, can easily come in at a distant second, to your pet’s instincts. This is a very important consideration, for dogs that are caught chasing wildlife (all wildlife in the area is protected), have been, and will be shot on site, if caught by the wildlife officer! And you will be subject to a $1,500 fine!

You should be mindful of the fact that an encounter with a member of our resident wildlife can be an overpowering experience for your pet. Dogs often consider these strange new animals (deer, elk, bighorn sheep, fox, marmots, raccoons etc.) as a threat, and will need help being restrained and protected. All it takes is one small kick from an Elk or a Deer to silence your beloved pet. They make an easy and tasty snack for the larger predators in the immediate area (mountain lions & bears).

Dogs are not to be left alone in or tied up to your cabin. They must be with you on your vacation at all times.

Again, if your dog is fully a member of the family, deserving of frequent flier miles, then these issues and concerns will have been thought out beforehand, and will not be a problem. You and your pet will have a wonderful vacation together, and can fully enjoy all that this wonderful corner of the Rockies has to offer.

For suggestions on some hikes where you can take your dogs, check out our blog post: Estes Park Dog Friendly Hikes.

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