We’re animal people here at Castle! If you plan on traveling to Estes Park with your pup, read our pet policy below.
When bringing your pooch to the high country, here's some helpful info you'll need to know
While dogs are not allowed on trails in Rocky Mountain National Park, there are plenty of options if you’re looking to get your pup out on the trails. You can check out this great blog post with tons of info on great Doggy Hikes.
Please continue reading below for our official dog and pet policy.
Those bringing your four footed siblings are subject to our $25/night charge per dog (Sorry, two is company, but three’s 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:
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) could be shot 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).
As our dogs are fully-fledged members of the family, these issues and concerns should be 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!