Pets at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

Dogs on leash are allowed to walk through The Village at Squaw Valley and our parking lots year-round with their owners. Doggie waste bags are conveniently located throughout the Village to clean up after your pet.


Pets are not permitted on the ski runs or chairlifts at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows during the winter season. This includes transporting animals in backpacks. At Alpine Meadows, dogs are also not permitted on sundeck or breezeway area of the main lodge.


During summer and while the mountains are closed for skiing and snowboarding, dogs on leash are permitted to use hiking trails. Please be mindful of other hikers and use caution as company vehicles often travel on Summer Road. Our day-use parking lots have little to no shade and temperatures can rise dramatically from morning to mid-day. Please do not leave your pet unattended in your vehicle during our hot summer months!

shirley lake hiking at Lake Tahoe
Dog-Friendly Hikes

Dogs on leash are allowed on all hiking trails at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. On hot summer days, check out the Shirley Canyon trail that follows flowing creeks and ends at an alpine lake. It's the perfect spot for your canine friend to cool down and rehydrate.  

Dog on the Aerial Tram at Squaw Valley
Aerial Tram & Pet Passes

Dogs on leash are welcome to ride the Aerial Tram 2,000 vertical feet to High Camp during summer months for sightseeing and hiking up top. Dogs ride for free, but you can get a Squaw Alpine Pet Pass for just $10--all proceeds go to the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe. Dogs are not allowed on the Aerial Tram during ski operations. 

Please note: The Aerial Tram is closed for Summer 2020

squaw dog stores
Shop at Squaw Dogs 

Squaw Dogs, located between Tremigo and Soupa in the Village, is stocked with gourmet treats, food and toys galore. Pet accessories like Squaw Alpine collars, leashes, bandanas and dog beds are available in the Squaw Dogs Shop. For human apparel, check out Squaw Dogs and Alpine Dogs gear online to support our working patrol dogs.

Brews, Jazz & Funk Fest at Squaw Valley
Outdoor Summer Events 

Dogs on leash are allowed at most outdoor summer events in The Village at Squaw Valley. Check out our events calendar and plan to bring your furry friends along for live music, beer tastings, and outdoor festivals.

Please note: most events have been cancelled or postponed until Summer 2021 due to public health mandates related to COVID-19. 

Dogs swimming at Bristlecone Beach in Tahoe City
Swimming and Nearby Dog Beaches

There are also plenty of options to take your dog for a dip without having to hike. The most convenient option at Squaw Valley is Cushing Pond, located behind KT Base Bar in The Village. In Tahoe City, Lake Forest Beach (Bristlecone) has a section that allows dogs to swim and romp in the grass. In Truckee, dogs are allowed at Donner Memorial State Park on trails and on the East Beach to take a dip. 


While non-service pets are not allowed to stay in rooms at The Village at Squaw Valley, dogs are welcome to lodge at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn or at various Airbnb or VRBO rentals in Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows. 

Dogs are welcome to stay at PlumpJack Squaw Valley
PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn

Book a room for you and your four-legged friends at PlumpJack, conveniently located on Squaw Valley Road across from the Tram Building. Dogs will be treated to a comfy in-room bed, bowls for water and food, treats, and bags for cleaning up. Dogs on leash are also welcome to accompany owners while dining on the outdoor patio. Additional one-time cleaning fee per dog will be charged upon check-in.


Pet Boarding 

If your lodging accommodations or plans do not allow for pets, here are some options for overnight boarding, daycare, and dog walks.

Truckee-Tahoe Pet Lodge 

Truckee-Tahoe Pet Lodge provides boarding for dogs and cats, dog daycare and pet grooming in nearby Truckee.
(530) 214-5540
10960 W River St #106e, Truckee, CA 96161

Rover is a website and app that connects you with trusted local dog and cat sitters for overnight boarding, drop-in visits, daycare and walks. 

Service Animal Policy at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

Under the ADA, service animals are dogs (and in certain cases miniature horses) that are individually trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities, including but not limited to: guiding people who are visually impaired, alerting people who are hearing impaired, pulling wheelchairs, opening doors, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, or performing other special tasks. Service animals are working animals, not pets and no other types of animals, including what are commonly referred to as emotional support, comfort or crime deterrent animals qualify as service animals under the ADA. 

Service animals are allowed into all areas of the facility where customers are normally allowed to go (miniature horses are evaluated on a case by case basis). Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows has determined, based on precedent at other ski and summer resorts and other factors, that it is not a good safety practice to allow service animals on open ski lifts; however, service animals are allowed on the Funitel and Tram, depending on size and other safety concerns.

The allowance of service animals at the resort is subject to two exceptions: (1) the animal is out of control and the animal’s handler does not take effective action to control it; or (2) the animal is not housebroken. A service animal shall have a harness, leash, or other tether, unless either the handler is unable because of a disability to use a harness, leash, or other tether, or the use of a harness, leash, or other tether would interfere with the service animal’s safe, effective performance of work of tasks, in which case the service animal must be otherwise under the handler’s control (e.g. voice control, signals, or other effective means).

If your pet needs medical attention while visiting Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, please contact one of these veterinarians in the Truckee and North Lake Tahoe area: 

Donner-Truckee Veterinary Hospital
Regular Phone: 530-587-4366
***Fri-Sun Emergency care: 530-587-0881
9701 State Highway 267 Truckee, CA 96161

Sierra Pet Clinic of Truckee
Phone: 530-587-7200
10411 River Park Pl, Truckee, CA 96161

Burton Creek Veterinary Clinic
Phone: 530-583-8587 2933
Lake Forest Road Tahoe City, CA 96145

Agate Bay Animal Hospital
(530) 546-7522
580 National Ave, Tahoe Vista, CA 96148

Critter Care Mobile Veterinary Clinic
**On Call Emergency Services: 530-550-8660
11145 Thelin Drive, Truckee, CA 96161