Dog Friendly Activities in Colorado

Don’t leave Fido in the hotel room when you’re on vacation. Get out and play! No matter where you’re headed in Colorado, we can point you towards the nearest off-leash dog park, the most popular dog beach, a really great hiking trail, and lots of other places to play with Fido.

Pet Friendly Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve Leashed dogs are allowed in the main, pet-friendly day use areas at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Mosca, CO. Unless you are in the moist, cool sand of Medano Creek, plan to hike with your pet in the morning or evening in summer months to avoid the hot sand on their paws. Be sure to clean up after Fido. Please note that leashes can be no longer than 6-feet, and dogs are not permitted in the backcountry of the national park. See Details
Pet Friendly Garden of the Gods
Garden of the Gods Leashed dogs are welcome at Garden of the Gods, a pet-friendly, Registered National Natural Landmark in Colorado Springs, CO. Fido can join you as you hike along the beautiful trails through the red rock formations and enjoy the stunning views and landscape. Pets are also allowed inside the Visitor and Nature Center, but must be kept out of the indoor dining space. Please clean up after Fido during your visit. See Details
Telluride Gondola Telluride Gondola in Telluride, CO is dog friendly! Leashed pets are allowed in select cabins of the gondola between Telluride and Mountain Village. Look for the sticker that designates a pet-friendly cabin on the window. All the electricity used to operate the Gondola is provided by wind and solar power. The cabins serve as lifts for skiers & snowboarders, mountain bikers, hikers, and tourists and locals alike. See Details
Manitou Cliff Dwellings The Manitou Cliff Dwellings is a pet-friendly attraction in Manitou Springs, CO. Discover what it was like to live in the Western United States 800 to 1,000 years ago in the 40-room dwellings built by the Anasazi people. Leashed dogs are also welcome inside the Anasazi Museum located within the Pueblo. The site is open daily but hours vary by season. As long as your dog is leashed, he can go everywhere you can go here. See Details
Estes Valley Dog Park The much-loved Estes Valley Dog Park is a fully-fenced area with two separate sections for pups to enjoy some off-leash play in Estes Park, CO. There is lake access in the summer and agility equipment is also available. See Details
Fox Run Dog Park Fox Run Dog Park is a grassy space for Fido to play and socialize off-leash in Colorado Springs' Fox Run Regional Park. The park is made up of five fenced-in acres, and features a small dog area and a large dog area, bag dispensers, trash cans, benches, shaded areas and more. Fox Run Dog Park is located inside the Fox Run Regional Park, in the southeast corner, accessible from the main park entrance off of Stella Drive. Dog owners should take the first right and continue straight, south of the active use fields to get to the pet area. See Details
Colorado River Runs Colorado River Runs in Bond, CO, offers family- and dog-friendly guided trips on the Colorado and Eagle Rivers. They can plan a river trip for you with light rapids in a great back country setting, with lots of places for dogs to run and swim. Life jackets for dogs and people are provided. See Details
Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad Dog-friendly Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad in Leadville, CO, encourages well-behaved pets to ride with their friends on any of their trains. The train rides start the end of May and run through the first weekend in October. Their conductors will talk to your pet prior to the ride, to make sure they will be comfortable. See Details
Living The Dream Brewing Living The Dream Brewing is a dog-friendly in Littleton, CO, where Fido is welcome to join you for a pint inside the taproom or at an outdoor table. All of their beers, except wheat beers and Hazy IPAs, are gluten reduced. Be sure to check their website for a list of current events. See Details
Bear Creek Dog Park Bear Creek Dog Park is an incredible, fenced dog park in Colorado Springs for you and Fido to roam. With numerous secure gates around the perimeter, this 25-acre, off-leash dog park is covered in wildflowers, native grasses and wooded areas. Enjoy the winding trails, discover the creek or practice at the agility space. There is a separate, 2-acre small and senior dog section as well. Water is provided (seasonally) and there is a dog wash area for those pups that get a bit muddy in the creek! See Details
Durango Off-Leash Dog Park Durango Off-Leash Dog Park is a large area with 6 square miles of natural, open space on the side of Smelter Mountain right in downtown Durango, CO. A stone's throw from several dog-friendly hotels, this park is a place where dogs can play in the Animas River and run the trails for an afternoon of great hiking. Please note that the area is not fenced, so Fido should be under good voice control. Public parking is located in a dirt lot off of US-160. See Details
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park "Big enough to be overwhelming, still intimate enough to feel the pulse of time," Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is dog-friendly! The Canyon exposes leashed dogs to some of the steepest cliffs, oldest rock, and craggiest spires in North America. Dog owners can check out Black Canyon of the Gunnison's official website for information on entrance fees, hours and seasonal road closures.

In the North Rim Campground pets on a leash may be walked on roads to the overlooks, and are allowed on the Cedar Point Nature Trail and North Rim Chasm View Nature Trail. Pets are not allowed on the southern portion of the Rim Rock Trail from June 1 to August 10. Year-round, dogs are not allowed on any other hiking trails, inner canyon routes, on ranger-led geology walks, evening programs in the amphitheater or in wilderness area.

In the South Rim Campground, dogs are allowed from June 1 to August 10 in campsites. However, they may not be taken on walks or carried around the campground or on the southern portion of the Rim Rock Trail due to aggressive deer.
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Snow Bowl Steamboat Snow Bowl Steamboat is a restaurant, event and concert venue in Routt County, CO featuring an 8,000 square foot turf that is dog friendly with waste stations, water bowls, treats and toys. The on-site restaurant includes a Dog Menu in addition to food and beverages for humans. The Snow Bowl hosts outdoor concerts, movies, yoga and more. See Details
Chatfield Dog Park Chatfield Dog Park in Littleton, CO, offers 70-acres of off-leash fun within Chatfield State Park. An Annual DOLA Pass or Daily DOLA Pass is required. Both are available at the Entrance Stations and the Park Office when staffed. The park offers various terrains for Fido to explore, multiple trails, and ponds for dogs to swim. Visitors should bring drinking water for pets. See Details
Stratton Open Space Fido is welcome to join you in exploring Stratton Open Space, a dog-friendly natural spot in Colorado Springs. This 318-acre open space features beautiful views, miles of hiking trails and a reservoir where pups can play. Please clean up after your dog while visiting. See Details
Breckenridge "BreckConnect" Gondola Give Fido the chance to see the world from above on the Breckenridge "BreckConnect" Gondola. The Gondola is free to ride for both people and pets and runs from mid-June through mid-September, and all of ski season. BreckConnect glides over a wildlife preserve and to the top of Peak 8 in the Rocky Mountains, making several stops along the way. Leashed dogs are allowed on the Gondola and can explore the base of Peaks 7 and 8. The Breckenridge Gondola is in operation from 8am to 5pm. Parking fees may vary throughout the year. See Details
Kennedy Dog Park Kennedy Dog Park in Denver, CO, gives Fido the opportunity to play off-leash in a 3-acre enclosed space. Two fenced sections are designed to separate low energy and high energy pets, so your pooch can casually mingle or engage in a full on sprint with like-minded friends. Visitors should be aware that the park has minimal shade and the ground can become icy in winter. See Details
Castlewood Canyon State Park Castlewood Canyon State Park is a dog-friendly recreation area in Franktown, CO. There are several hikes ranging from mild to moderate here, but the 5.6-mile trail to the canyon is the most popular. And though Castlewood Canyon isn't as grand as the Grand Canyon, it is certainly worth the 5-hour round-trip hike. The winding Cherry Creek flowing along the canyon floor also provides wonderful rest stops along the way. Leashed pets are welcome on most trails, except the new East Canyon Preservation Area trail. See Details
Golden Gate Canyon State Park Golden Gate Canyon State Park in Golden, CO, is a dog-friendly scenic area covered in dense forest and rocky peaks. You and Fido will discover over 35 miles of pet-friendly trails through fields and woodlands, including some of the most popular trails: Horseshoe Trail; Snowshoe Hare Trail; and Mule Deer Trail Loop. On a number of these trails, you'll notice panoramic views of the rolling hills covered in trees all around the park. See Details
Cheesman Park Located in central Denver, CO, Cheesman Park is dog friendly and offers an open grassy space for picnics or a casual walk with Fido. Take a stroll along the crushed granite path which winds its way around the park, or engage Fido is a game of frisbee on the grass. Visitors will also find restrooms, a designated picnic area, playground, and The Pavilion at Cheesman Park. See Details
Seven Bridges Trail Head Leashed dogs are welcome along Seven Bridges Trail, a 5.78-mile, heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Colorado Springs, CO, that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The dog-friendly trail is primarily used for hiking, walking and running, and is best used from March through November. The trail leads to a little over 1,000 feet in elevation gain. Please clean up after Fido. See Details
John Denver Sanctuary John Denver Sanctuary in Aspen, CO is dog friendly. This scenic open space and park located next to the Roaring Fork River is home to one of the largest perennial flower gardens around. Leashed pets are welcome, as long as they are well-behaved and cleaned up after. See Details
Cherry Creek State Park Dog Off-Leash Area (DOLA) With 107 acres to roam off-leash, Cherry Creek State Park Dog Off-Leash Area (DOLA) in Aurora, CO is a paradise for dogs. Fido can explore all the new smells, make new friends, and splash in the creek all day long. Bring water for your thirsty pup and bags to clean up any messes. There is a fee to enter Cherry Creek State Park and another nominal fee to use the off-leash area. For frequent visitors, yearly passes are available. Dogs must be leashed when not in the fenced area. See Details
Foothills Dog Park Bring Fido to Foothills Dog Park in Boulder, CO, for some off-leash exercise. Pups enjoy plenty of room to play at this huge, 2-acre dog park that offers two separate, fully-fenced areas for small and large dogs. There are also many beautiful trails nearby for you and Fido can explore before or after canine playtime. See Details