Four-legged friendly: Discover 5 Nevada hotels that welcome dogs

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When it comes to traveling for some of us, our dogs are like our American Express — we can’t leave home without them. 

Fortunately, when we hit the road in Nevada, we don’t have to look far for a pet-friendly place to stay. The Silver State is home to several hotels with amenities fit for fuzzy friends and their masters.

From a charming retreat at Mount Charleston to an inn at the edge of Great Basin National Park, you and your pooch can’t go wrong at any of these 5 dog-friendly hotels in Nevada.

Las Vegas

The Retreat on Charleston Peak

The Retreat on Charleston Peak has undergone a few names and iterations, but its dog-friendly game is still strong. Las Vegas locals and their dogs often find refuge here during holidays with fireworks like the 4th of July and New Year’s Eve. Though the fish-filled manmade lake out front and its resident ducks are gone, your dogs’ tails may wag a little harder thanks to the newly gained space for walking and playing. 

Located beyond the Spring Mountain Visitors Center in Mount Charleston’s Kyle Canyon, the pet-friendly boutique hotel allows up to three animals per room ($20-$50 fee); cats and dogs are both welcome. In addition to a pet-friendly patio with a special Barks & Beers menu, your dog will enjoy grassy areas and open space, while you enjoy the mountain views. Rooms have been recently renovated and Wi-Fi is available property-wide. There’s a restaurant and a bar with gaming on-site, and adventure awaits just beyond the front door.

photo courtesy of The Retreat on Charleston Peak via Instagram.

Tonopah

World Famous Clown Motel

If you put aside the whole creepy clown factor, the Clown Motel is a charming, comfortable, and amusing place to stay with a dog or three. It’s known as the Scariest Motel in America due to alleged paranormal activity, but dogs don’t seem to be bothered; and since they’re your biggest protectors, you know you’re safe. 

The Clown Motel has four pet-friendly rooms, and up to two pets can stay for free; a third pet will cost you an added charge of $20. Rooms are as colorful as the exterior with bright bedding and clown art; some are themed after horror films like “Halloween” and “Friday the 13th.”

Peruse the gigantic collection of clown figurines in the lobby with your pups then head to the neighboring Old Tonopah Cemetery, where the graves of the 300 early Tonopah residents provide plenty of sniffs. Overall, Tonopah is a largely dog-friendly town, so there are plenty of places to go and to eat with your dogs in tow. 

Reno

Whitney Peak Hotel

If you’re bringing your best friend to the Biggest Little City, you’ll both be welcomed with open arms at Whitney Peak Hotel ($75 fee). You’ll get a modern room at a non-gaming, no-smoking hotel with a chef-driven restaurant, concerts, and an indoor climbing park. Scruffy won’t be allowed to lift a leg on the “World’s Tallest Artificial Climbing Wall” outside, but he will get a doggie bag full of treats, toys, and a collapsible water dish. 

Guests say their rooms come with lovely views, but the trade-off for staying on a higher floor is staying on top of your dogs’ potty breaks. Fortunately, this boutique hotel is just steps away from a park. It’s also a short walk to the Truckee-Reno Riverwalk, a lovely place to stroll riverside past trendy restaurants, public art, stores, and scenery.

Photo courtesy of Whitney Peak Hotel via Facebook.

Ely

Prospector Hotel & Gambling Hall

Located near the Northern Nevada Railway Museum in Ely, the AAA Three Diamond Prospector Hotel & Gambling Hall is a pet-friendly hotel and casino with a Mexican restaurant, bar, and swimming pool. 

This place is super pet-friendly with a whole wing of rooms equipped for the comfort of you and your pets ($10 per pet per night). These newly remodeled rooms are modern and beautifully decorated with a handpicked art collection (for you) and tile floors, which is helpful for bathroom accidents (for your pets). There’s even an assortment of dog amenities like a dog bed, dish, treats, and a toy rubber duckie; it’s up to you if you want to share the duckie with your dog or not. 

Skittish dogs won’t like the noises in the casino (keno, slots, and video poker), but the football field-sized doggy walk behind the hotel is sure to score you some extra kisses. 

Photo courtesy of Prospector Hotel & Gambling Hall via Facebook.

Baker

Stargazer Inn

A quaint and quiet little stop with no-frills rooms and RV spots five miles from Great Basin National Park, the Stargazer Inn welcomes “animals of all shapes and sizes,” according to its website ($20 fee). 

Located along State Route 487 in White County, this place is so cute and cozy that you might want to plant yourself in the front courtyard and never leave. Just be careful not to let your pets wander onto the road (rarely busy with traffic but better safe than sorry). 

If you’re headed to Great Basin National Park and your pet is along for the ride, it’s important to note that while some areas are dog friendly, hiking there has some restrictions, and dogs aren’t allowed for certain activities like touring the delicate formations of Lehman Caves. Fortunately, the tiny town of Baker has dog-sitting services (reservation required). And if you need extra supplies for your journey, Stargazer Inn has the Bristlecone General Store on site.

Photo courtesy of Stargazer Inn & Bristlecone General Store via Facebook.

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  • Aleza Freeman

    Aleza Freeman is a Las Vegas native and award-winning journalist with two decades of experience writing and editing lifestyle, travel, entertainment, and human interest stories in Nevada. Her work has appeared in AARP magazine, Haute Living and Nevada Magazine.

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