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When Summerlin® resident and avid cyclist Marc Salvador grabs his backpack, it’s a signal to his poodle-mix, Winzig, which is German for “tiny,” that he is about to feel the breeze in his hair. That’s because Winzig is Salvador’s cycling sidekick who gets strapped to his back for rides – often up to 40 or 50 miles in length.

Salvador, who is one of thousands of Summerlin dog lovers, moved to Las Vegas decades ago from San Francisco to escape the high cost of living.  Luckily for him, the master planned community of Summerlin is the perfect place to live life on two wheels with his dog in tow. Salvador rides for fitness, cycling at least five times weekly. In April, Salvador and Winzig rode together in Tour de Summerlin, the community’s popular cycling event Salvador has participated in since 2016.

Marc and Winzig at the Tour de Summerlin

“We were told Winzig would grow to be no more than 7 or 8 pounds when we got him as a very small puppy,” said Salvador. “Winzig is now topping the scale at 18 pounds so he’s not so “winzig” anymore, but he’s still a great riding companion!”

For residents like Salvador, opportunities to dine with four-legged family members in the community are plentiful. Downtown Summerlin®, the community’s vibrant urban core that is home to 125 retail shops and scores of restaurants, offers a number of options, leading with Lazy Dog’s famous dog-friendly patio and menu. Most other Downtown Summerlin restaurants with outdoor patios also welcome doggy diners. A walk through Downtown Summerlin on any given day yields dozens of residents who enjoy walking their dogs throughout the destination’s active streetscapes and social areas.   

At Las Vegas Ballpark® in Downtown Summerlin, home of the Las Vegas Aviators®, the city’s professional baseball team of the Pacific Coast League and affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, special “Bark in the Park” nights during select home games occur throughout the season. On those nights, dogs on leashes are invited to join their owners for baseball fun.  For dates and information, visit

In fact, dogs are such a part of the Summerlin community, it’s no surprise the destination’s popular Dogs of Downtown Summerlin calendar is about to enter its sixth year. The selection process to have dogs considered for the 2024 calendar will take place July 26-Aug. 13. Stay tuned to Downtown Summerlin social media for details on how to enter your dog for consideration for one of the calendar’s monthly models. The 2024 calendar, which benefits local animal rescue nonprofits, will go on sale in October.

Ripley is one of the monthly models in the 2022 Dogs of Downtown Summerlin calendar. Nominations for the 2023 calendar will soon begin.

Select Summerlin homes are designed with dogs in mind such as Arroyo’s Edge by Tri Pointe Homes that includes a stainless-steel utility sink and dog wash in the garage.   

Now in its 33rd year of development, Summerlin offers more amenities than any other Southern Nevada community, including 300-plus parks of all sizes; 200-plus miles of interconnected trails; resident-exclusive community centers; ten golf courses; 26 public, private and charter schools; a public library and performing arts center; Summerlin Hospital Medical Center; houses of worship representing a dozen different faiths; office parks; neighborhood shopping centers; and, of course, Downtown Summerlin®, offering fashion, dining, entertainment, Red Rock Resort, Class-A office buildings, City National Arena, home of the Vegas Golden Knights National Hockey League practice facility, and Las Vegas Ballpark®, a world-class Triple-A baseball stadium.  

In total, Summerlin currently offers over 100 floorplans in 20 neighborhoods throughout eight distinct villages and districts. Homes, built by many of the nation’s top homebuilders, are available in a variety of styles – from single-family homes to townhomes, priced from the $400,000s to more than $1 million. For information on all actively selling neighborhoods, visit Before you visit, any new Summerlin neighborhood, please call the homebuilder to check on hours of operation. Phone numbers for each neighborhood are on