Human visitors to Mesa Verde National Park have plenty to do, but the U.S. Park Service is not very welcoming to our canine friends and prohibits them on all trails (the only exceptions are for service dogs). If you want to explore the park, you'll need to leave your dogs behind. Fortunately, the area has several kennels, including the Dog Hotel, 33350 Colo. 184, Mancos (tel. 970/882-5416;, which is a well-run facility that also offers accommodations for cats. Appointments are necessary, and pet owners must have proof of current vaccinations. For those based in Cortez, pet boarding is available at Cortez Adobe Animal Hospital, 11314 Colo. 145, Cortez (tel. 970/565-4458;

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