BringFido's Ruff Guide to Montana

Posted by Jason Halliburton

Thinking of gallivanting with your Goldendoodle on a trip to Montana? If so, he’s one lucky dog. The editors at BringFido have dedicated themselves to digging up the dog-friendliest things to do in Big Sky Country, as well as the rest of the U.S. And we've assembled it all in the 2021 edition of our book, Ruff Guide to the United States.

Now in its second edition, the book features over 365 of the best places to stay and play with your dog in all 50 states. Order your copy today and save 50% off the retail price when you use the discount code BIGSKY.

For a preview of the book, here are a few of our editors' top picks for dog-friendly things to do in Montana:

Glamp With Your Best Friend at Under Canvas Yellowstone

West Yellowstone, MT
“Just collecting necessary treats, I mean supplies.” Photo by Melissa

Dreaming of sleeping under the stars with Fido? Camping is a great way to escape the stress of modern life, immerse yourself in nature, and breathe some fresh air. But if you really want to take the stress away, plan a dog-friendly ‘glamping’ getaway to West Yellowstone. Under Canvas Yellowstone takes camping to another level by doing all of the prep work for you and elevating the experience for hounds who still require creature comforts in the great outdoors. The safari-inspired glampsite offers uninterrupted views of the picturesque Montana landscape and convenient access to Yellowstone National Park’s West Entrance, which is just a 10-minute drive away.

Located on a beautiful ranch just outside of Yellowstone National Park, Under Canvas Yellowstone offers the comforts of home for humans and canines alike. Sleep in luxury tents outfitted with cozy beds, plush linens, private bathrooms and wood-burning stoves. Book a Stargazer tent, which features a unique overhead window for viewing the night sky from your bed. Howl the night away singing by the campfire and roasting s’mores before turning in.

Guided Paw of Montana’s Backcountry

Whitefish, MT
We're all friends and family at the dog park! Photo by @whitefishdogpark

Whitefish Tours & Shuttle will pick you up at your Whitefish-area hotel and take you and your furry beast on a custom adventure around Montana’s stunning backcountry. Hop in a Subaru for a half-day ride around the Whitefish Range, or add a guided hike for a full-day tour. Your experienced driver will give you a rundown of the area’s rich history, fill you in on the nature you may encounter, and take you to pet-friendly places that would be tricky to find on a self-guided tour. After a day on the trails, bring your pooch to Hugh Rogers WAG Park. Etched into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the off-leash park offers panoramic views of the soaring peaks, along with agility equipment and a pond for water dogs. Reward your good boy with a dog pop from Sweet Peaks Ice Cream before visiting the buzzing Bonsai Brewing Project for dinner.

Make the Pine Lodge in Whitefish your basecamp for exploring the Montana wilderness. Located on the banks of the Whitefish River, the hotel offers loads of amenities for human and canine guests. Pet-friendly ground floor rooms provide convenient access to the paved trail that runs alongside the river, and all guests have complimentary use of the hotel dock and kayaks during their stay. Pick up a free s’mores kit from the front desk to enjoy at the outdoor fire pit.

Bring Fido to Bozeman

Bozeman, MT
“Taking a peak at the snowy peaks.” Photo by BringFido/Lisa

The sleepy outdoor paradise of Bozeman is a Big Sky Country must-visit. Start your outbound adventure at Peets Hill/Burke Park, where hundreds visit daily to experience epic mountain views and stunning sunsets from the trails and open space just a few blocks from Main Street. If you’re visiting during warmer months, head across town to Canine Beach at Bozeman Pond to cool off. The area is fenced on three sides and borders an inviting pond on the fourth, which is great for water dogs who want to practice their paddling. Finish your tour of Bozeman at The Club Tavern & Grill, an American eatery with off-menu burger patties for four-legged customers to enjoy with a fresh bowl of water.

Located within walking distance of Burke Park, The LARK Bozeman is a funky boutique hotel with a special surprise waiting for “Andre Wagassi” upon check-in. Four-legged guests receive a free souvenir tennis ball and use of a blanket and bowl during their stay.

Ready for a Road Trip?

Photo by Linda Segerfeldt


If this Ruff Guide to Montana preview left your dog drooling for more, we hope you check out our new book - Ruff Guide to the United States. Remember to use discount code BIGSKY to save 50% on your copy. Happy Travels!

What are your favorite thing to do in Montana with your dog? Leave a comment or tweet us @BringFido!

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