Dog-friendly Zephyr Cove Resort

Zephyr Cove Resort

760 U.S. Hwy 50
Zephyr Cove, Nevada 89448
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Local Phone: (775) 589-4906

Tahoe abounds with dog-friendly places to stay, but for location and convenience, it's hard to beat Zephyr Cove Resort. While Zephyr Cove Lodge is not dog-friendly, The Cabins at Zephyr Cove, a cluster of 28 cabins in a scenic lakeshore location on the Nevada side of the lake, just minutes from South Shore casinos, restaurants and entertainment venues welcome dogs.

Most of the nicely updated cabins have kitchens, which makes the what-to-do-at mealtime question a lot more manageable if you are traveling with pets. 

The dog-friendly Zephyr Cove RV & Campground is just across the road from Zephyr Cove Resort's cabin complex and offers 93 RV sites accommodating vehicles up to 40 feet long, and 47 walk-in tent sites with bear lockers, picnic tables and barbecues.  

Dogs aren't allowed on the swimming beach at Zephyr, but you can walk north, over and around an area defined by shapely granite boulders, to a secluded piece of shoreline where it's OK for Dash to explore without a tether around his neck. Zephyr Cove cabins are reasonably priced, with seasonal packages offered throughout the year.

Dog-friendly policies:

  • Breed restrictions: None
  • Maximum number allowed: 2
  • Cost per dog: $15 Per Night
  • Other comments: Additional excessive cleaning fees will apply when needed.

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Go for a Dip
Get a Lift
Float Your Boat
Paddle a Dog-friendly Canoe
Soak Up Nostalgia
Go for a Hike
Spend the Night
Share a Bite
Treat Your Pup
Get Festive

Go for a Dip
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Get a Lift
One of the most fun experiences to be had with your dog at Tahoe is lift-assisted hiking. Enclosed gondola cars on two lifts at Northstar and the aerial tram at Squaw Valley welcome leashed pets. Whichever you choose, you’ll find lots of trail options up top.

Float Your Boat
For more fun on the water, join the animated crowds of summer vacationers who rent rafts in Tahoe City for a two- to three-hour, 5-mile float down the scenic Truckee River to River Ranch Resort. Truckee River Raft Co. counts dogs as regular passengers and will get you all fixed up.
 
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Paddle a Dog-friendly Canoe
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Soak Up Nostalgia
One of the most enjoyable sights at Lake Tahoe, especially for first-timers, is Tallac Historic Site, a collection of late 19th century summer estate homes and outbuildings about seven miles west of South Lake Tahoe casinos. Leashed dogs are welcome, and it’s especially enjoyable to visit on living-history days.
 
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Go For a Hike
Put paws to the path on hundreds of miles of trails in the Lake Tahoe area. For something new, try Van Sickle Bi-State Park near South Shore casinos. The main trail in the 575-acre park (part in California, part in Nevada) travels beneath the Heavenly Gondola lift line to a cluster of historic buildings before zigzagging up for magnificent views of the lake. North Shore bound? Check out the Tahoe City Lakeside Trail, a mile-long promenade through town connecting the 19-mile West Shore/Truckee River and North Shore Trails.

Spend the Night

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Share a Bite
It can be hard to find a place to share an outdoor meal at wintertime Lake Tahoe, but summer/fall is another matter. View our listings, pick a dog-friendly patio and chow down. One of our favorites is Meyer’s Downtown Café in South Lake Tahoe.

Treat Your Pup
After a day filled with outdoor recreation, pamper your four-legged friend with a spa treatment or toys and treats at one of Tahoe's dog specialty shops.

Get Festive
Two upcoming Squaw Valley USA festivals welcome well-behaved dogs on leash. The 26th Annual Foam Fest on Saturday, September 5, 2015 is one of the most anticipated beer and music festivals of the year! Proceeds from the event will support Disabled Sports to continue to provide sports rehabilitation and therapeutic recreation programs to anyone with any disability. Come support a tremendous cause while enjoying the open air festival with your pup!

Why not make it an entire weekend of festival fun? The 27th Annual Alpen Wine Fest on Sunday, September 6, 2015 includes wine tasting, live music, a silent auction and raffle. Entry into the event is a donation to Can Do MS, a foundation providing wellness and education for people with Multiple Sclerosis. Mark your calendar and be there!

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