Adoptable dogs will be at the GoPro Mountain Games

Adoptable dogs will be on site Thursday through Sunday for the GoPro Mountain Games, June 9-12.
Vail Valley Foundation / Courtesy Photo

It’s hard to imagine the GoPro Mountain Games without dogs wagging their merry tails all over town. The 20th Anniversary GoPro Mountain Games bring thousands of athletes and spectators, and their dogs, to Vail each year with competitions such as Orijen DockDogs Extreme Vertical, Outdoor Big Air and Speed ​​Retrieve as well as the GoPro Rocky Dog Trail Run, Try DockDogs and others.

Whether you have FOMO from missing dog shows or are just looking for a new best friend, Eagle County Animal Services will be on hand this year with adoptable dogs. And the dogs are like the people here – adventurous, outdoorsy and affectionate.

When you visit Dog Town in Lionshead, keep an eye out for Rhiannon Rowe at the Eagle County Animal Services booth near the K9 Super Wall in Arrabelle Square. Or, look for adoptable dogs roaming the entire event footprint and showing up. Adoptable dogs will be on site from Thursday June 9th to Sunday June 12th for the Mountain Games.

Orijen will provide a Pupper Adoption Pack to all humans who adopt a dog from Mountain Games, taking the stress out of bringing home your new best friend. The Orijen Pupper Adoption Pack includes three months of Orijen kibble, an Orijen brand drawstring backpack, a water bottle with removable drinker, a bandana and a collapsible bowl.

By adopting a dog, you not only save his life, but you give him the second chance he deserves. The benefits of owning a dog include increased opportunities to exercise, get outside and socialize while managing loneliness and depression by giving us companionship – not to mention all the fun you’ll have.


In addition to dog adoptions with Eagle County Animal Shelter, dog-friendly activities will take place during Mountain Games.

The Grand Hyatt Vail, the official dog-friendly hotel partner of the Mountain Games, will be hosting Yappy Hour on its hotel patio on Thursday, June 9 from 5-7 p.m. Orijen, the official dog food sponsor of the Mountain Games, will be at the hotel with some swag and treats as well.

Additionally, Orijen is showcasing Barks + Beer at its booth in Dog Town from 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday June 9-12. Orijen will be providing free Pacifico beer tickets to guests who attend this event, while supplies last. Representatives from Eagle County Animal Services will be at the Orijen booth each day during this time with adoptable dogs.

Additionally, Pacifico will have a dog-centric activity right next door to Orijen, which will include photo ops, a canine cartoonist, and more.

For more information on dog-friendly events or to register for the GoPro Rocky Dog Trail Run, Orijen DockDogs or Dueling Dogs, please visit

Bette C. Alvarado