Pet Friendly Tahoe

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If you plan on bringing your dog up to explore Tahoe, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the number of pet-friendly activities for you and your pup to enjoy. Read more about Tahoe Rental Company's favorite dog-friendly trails, beaches, and restaurants! 

Tahoe is a beautiful place and we’d like to keep it that way. When you bring your pet with you to explore, we ask that you please follow local leash laws and clean up after your pet. One more thing to note about bringing your furry friend, dogs, like humans, can experience altitude sickness. It’s important to look for the signs and give your dog plenty of water and time to adjust to the altitude. 

A dog sits on a restaurant deck while it's owners chat over a drink

Pet-Friendly Restaurants & Patios

Many eateries around Tahoe offer dog-friendly outdoor seating during warmer months, some even have heated outdoor seating in the winter! Due to seasonality, it's best to call ahead and confirm you can bring your pup. These restaurants have dog-friendly seating. 

Warm Season Activities

Dog-friendly Gondolas

At Northstar, a four-season Tahoe resort, they offer enclosed gondola rides so you can bring your dog with you for the price of a lift ticket! During non-ski season, hikers and dogs are welcome to ride on the Big Springs Gondola and the Zephyr Express lifts. The Zephyr lift will drop you off right near the Tahoe Rim Trail. 


  • Gillmore Lake is a nearly 9-mile loop trail rated as difficult
  • Lake Aloha trail is a challenging 12.5 mile out and back trail with various waypoints to make it a choose-your-own-adventure.
  • Mount Tallac requires a free Desolation Wilderness permit and has a challenging 10.5 mile out and back with various waypoints. 
  • Ellis Peak is a nearly 7 mile out and back trail rated as moderate.
  • Tahoe Rim Trail is a 165-mile trail that follows the mountainscape around the Tahoe Basin. Drop-in for a day hike or plan a backpacking trip all the way around!

There are also various public lands which your dog would be allowed such as Eldorado national forest, Tahoe Basin Management Unit lands, Tahoe National Forest, and Desolation wilderness. Make sure to check if permits are necessary for the public lands you visit!


Tahoe is a protected space. Many beaches do not allow dogs due to sensitive ecosystems. Here are some of the beaches that do allow dogs!

A dog with booties runs with their person on a snowy trail

Cold Season Activities


 Grab your sno-park permit, double-check the weather, strap on your snowshoes, and get on the trail!

Our year-round pet-friendly lodging is conveniently located near Tahoe’s top trails and attractions!