History & Facility

RK Pet Ranch was built in 2005 and was designed to ensure the health, safety and comfort of your pet. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff continue to expand their playgroup management skills, their ability to read animal body language, and their individual training techniques through ongoing training workshops and videos. We also have boarding facilities for cats, rabbits, hamsters, and large livestock like horses.

In late 2018, the Pet Ranch was purchased by Lonnie Castelli and Talitha (TJ) Appenzeller. Lonnie and TJ have been long time customers of RK Pet Ranch for their own dogs and are honored to carry on RK Pet Ranch's 13 year tradition of caring for your fur babies. Lonnie and TJ have been part time residents of Steamboat Springs for 10 years, making Steamboat their permanent home in 2017. While their own fur babies, Elvis (a yellow Lab) and Tiny (a Newfoundland puppy) aren't on location, they do check into the resort from time to time as guests. Feel free to ask for a tour!


Our mission is to create a safe and healthy environment where customers feel confident and comfortable leaving their pets in the care of RK Pet Ranch. We know that dogs have boundless energy and love exercise and play. Our days are built around keeping each of our VIPs (Very Important Pets) happy and active. All our activities are personally tailored to our guests' temperament, whether your pet enjoys a game of Frisbee or would prefer a quiet walk. We make sure there are unlimited cuddles, scratches and playtime to provide all the 'home' attention that your pet deserves.

Resort Amenities

  • Large grassy (artificial turf) fenced play yards
  • Indoor play area
  • Safe walking trail
  • Climate-controlled in-floor heating
  • Soft bedding
  • Suites cleaned daily and monitored continuously
  • 24/7 onsite staff
  • Experienced caring staff
  • Easy access to excellent veterinary care

Your Pet's Home Away From Home


Open from 7am – 6pm

Drop Off & Pick Up:
8am – 10am and 4pm – 6pm

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