Every once and a while Petswelcome discovers a great pet friendly resort that has so many positive things going on that an article is required to get it all in. And Canyon of the Eagles is one of those special places. Though we list test tens of thousands of pet-friendly lodgings on our site, rarely have we come across one that offers such a huge variety of activities and experiences for you and your family. From guided kayak adventures to canyon cruises to twilight hikes, the Canyon of Eagles will not only keep you engaged in outdoor activities, it will also nourish your soul by offering a respite from your hectic lifestyle and returning you back to basics.
Located on 240 acres in Texas Hill Country, 25 minutes from the town of Burnet, The Canyon of Eagles overlooks Lake Buchanan which is one of the largest lakes in the region (more than 30 miles long and 5 miles wide). The lake offers fantastic fishing, kayaking and is a magnet for American Bald Eagles that winter in the area (and from which the resort takes its name). It is also a refuge for many rare birds such as the Blacked-Capped Vireo and Golden-Cheeked Warbler. Other common wildlife sightings include bobcat, deer, roadrunners, feral pig and armadillo. There are also four wildlife observation stands that allow you the opportunity to spot as many creatures as possible.
Molly Fine, Administrative Officer for Canyon of the Eagles, also notes the outstanding flora in the region, especially the bluebonnets that line the roads and trails and bloom in March/April. “When there is a cold snap they are absolutely riotous,” she said. “We also have Indian Paintbrush and an area planted with milkweed that attract Monarch butterflies during their migration.”
When it comes to being a great pet friendly resort, The Canyon of Eagles has got your best friend covered. Among their many programs, they offer group dog walks with holistic dog handlers who coach both children and adults in the “language of dogs.” The goal is to create a more balanced relationship by using positive reinforcement to ensure your favorite animal feels safe, loved and in sync with its environment. Private coaching sessions for individuals and families are available.
Dogs are welcome in all areas except the indoor restaurant, bar, and pool and are permitted on the dock and lakefront to splash around and swim to their heart’s content. If you’d like to grab a bite with your best buddy, you can do so on the deck where food is served behind the main restaurant. The Canyon of Eagles also hosts special “Dog Days of Summer” events in August that include agility and beauty contests. And, if your dog gets the urge for a snack, biscuits are always available at the front door.
“The only restrictions we put on dogs,” Molly Fine said, “is that they be on a leash when they are outdoors and that they be crated when left alone in the room.” She notes that they don’t actually consider these rules “restrictions,” just “commonsense precautions that will keep your pet safe and secure.”
The resort’s lodge has 61 eco-friendly guest rooms located on a hillside above the lake. Southwest-style furniture, stained cement floors and wood trimming, provide the perfect respite and will encourage you to pull the plugs on all your devices for the duration of the stay. Each room has a porch with Adirondack or rocking chairs where you can relax, reconnect, and commune with the beautiful Texas Hill Country landscape.
As far as food and entertainment, you can get a delicious meal at the Overlook Restaurant that features traditional Texas cuisine, including its most popular dish, wild boar. On both weekend nights during the warmer months you can enjoy music by local artists on the outdoor patio.
Finally, as we have mentioned, Canyon of the Eagles is more than just a resort/nature preserve. It also offers visitors the opportunity for wonder and tranquility. Staffed by qualified astronomers, the Eagle Eye Observatory reveals the night sky as you probably have never seen it. Since the area is under a “dark protocol,” planets and constellations are clearer and more brilliant, especially when viewed through one of the observatory’s modern telescopes with computer enhanced imaging. And if inner peace is high on your “much needed” list, you can visit the resort’s Seventh Circuit Labyrinth. Designed as a sacred space for spiritual growth, it refers to the seven paths that lead to the center of a goal.
“Our by-line is ‘Where the Road ends…The adventure begins’,” Molly Fine said. “That’s because we are literally at the end of a road—Ranch Road 2341. But, more importantly, because it’s a special place where you can get away from it all, be immersed in a natural environment, and discover new things, not only about the world around you but about yourself as well.”
If you’re looking for a great pet friendly resort, we suggest you give the Canyon of Eagles serious consideration. Your whole family will be glad you did.