Dog Friendly Trails in Boulder, CO

There are 23 dog friendly hiking trails in Boulder, CO. Use the links below to get an overview of each trail, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners.

Flatirons Vista and Doudy Draw Trail

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Flatirons Vista and Doudy Draw Trail is a 3.7 mile hike that will take about 3 hours to complete with Fido. This is a gorgeous hike for early spring when the mesa is in full bloom. A stunning evening hike during the summer when you can watch the sunset behind the mountains.

Switzerland Trail

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The Switzerland Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Boulder! The map below shows a trailhead where you can pick up the Switzerland Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit <a href="http://www.traillink.com/viewtrail.aspx?AcctID=6015421">TrailLink.com</a>.

Boulder Reservoir

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Leashed pets welcome during the off season at this lovely Boulder area park, which includes swimming areas, fishing, and wildlife viewing.

South Boulder Peak and Bear Mountain Trail

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South Boulder Peak and Bear Mountain Trail is a 5.6 mile hike that will take about 6 hours to complete with Fido. This challenging hike along a mostly shaded trail offers less packed trails in a town that is full of climbers and hikers.

Royal Arch Trail

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Royal Arch Trail is a 3.2 mile hike that will take about 4 hours to complete with Fido. You can't get any closer to the vertical face of the Flatirons unless you are a climber. Dogs must be leashed.

Green Mountain Loop Trail

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Green Mountain Loop Trail is a 5.3 mile hike that will take about 5 hours to complete with Fido. This strenuous loop, known for its numerous butterflies, is just west of the Flatirons and can be accessed by several trails. It is a good idea to bring water along, and to hike this trail earlier in the day to avoid thunderstorms. Dogs must be leashed.

Mesa Trail South End

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Mesa Trail South End is a 4.7 mile hike that will take about 4 hours to complete with Fido. With its many detours and loops, this is a great hike for those who have no destination. Explore the meadows, shrubbery, creeks and springs without worrying about getting lost.

Beaver Brook Trail

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The Beaver Brook Trail is a strenuous hike on the south rim of Clear Creek Canyon. And even though the trail isn't far from Denver, it's difficult enough that Fido will think he's on a primitive backcountry hike.

The Colorado Trail

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The Colorado Trail is a pet-friendly trail stretching from Denver to Durango, Colorado. The Colorado Trail Foundation, located in Golden, Colorado can provide you with all the information you need to hit the trail with Fido. Dogs are permitted along most of the trail. Some areas require a leash, but others allow dogs to go off-leash as long as they are controlled by voice command.

Frazer Meadow Trail

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Frazer Meadow Trail is a 4.5-mile hike in Golden Gate Canyon State Park that will take about 4 hours to complete with Fido. This park offers twelve trails of varying difficulty from easy to difficult. Enjoy the 14,000 acres of conifer forest, mountain peaks, and meadows. Stop by the visitors center for water, restrooms, park maps, and local fauna and flora exhibits.

Windy Peak Trail

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Windy Peak Trail is a 4.5-mile hike in Golden Gate Canyon State Park that will take about 4 hours to complete with Fido. Although your dog must be kept on a leash, this beautiful hike will take you to 14,000 acres of meadows, forests, and peaks. Only 30 miles from Denver, these interconnected trails are a haven for hikers, bikers, and horseback riders. Some trails are specific to hikers only.

Apex Trail

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The Apex Trail is a 4.7-mile hike in Jefferson County Open Space that will take about 4 hours to complete with Fido. However, the gravel trail is very steep and narrow, so it's only appropriate for dogs (and humans) that are experienced hikers.

Bear Creek Trail

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The Bear Creek Trail is a 6.1 mile hike through three city parks that will take about 5 hours to complete with Fido. The trail ends in a Jefferson County Open Space park called Lair o' the Bear, hence the name.

Sand Creek Regional Greenway

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The Sand Creek Regional Greenway is a multi-use trail that's a great place to walk Fido in Denver! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Sand Creek Regional Greenway. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit <a href="http://www.traillink.com/viewtrail.aspx?AcctID=6032624">TrailLink.com</a>.

White Ranch Open Space Park- Rawhide Trail

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White Ranch Open Space Park is a beautiful space with over 18 miles of varied trails. The park is accessible via Route 6/Route 93- Golden Gate Canyon Road, and is located about 15 miles from the center of Golden. Rawhide Trail is a beautiful loop with plenty of shade and beautiful views of Denver, Golden and the surrounding mountains. The trail is challenging but not too strenuous, rocky and steep at some points but fairly simple for both dogs and humans to navigate. Lots of flat and downhill terrain throughout the loop.

Woodland Lake, Lost Lake and Skyscraper Reservoir Trail

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Woodland Lake, Lost Lake, and Skyscraper Reservoir Trail is a 9-mile hike in Roosevelt National Forest that will take about 8 hours to complete with Fido. Your dog will love this trail for the three lakes to romp in, the soft ground on his paws, and the opportunity to hike by your side on broad segments. You too will enjoy the scenery and vistas along the way.

Ceran Saint Vrain Trail

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This 4-mile hike along a creek is most popular (and beautiful) in early June when the calypso orchid is in bloom on the forest floor. Round-trip, the hike will take Fido about 4 hours to finish; 5 hours if you continue on to the Miller Rock summit, which provides an awesome view from an equally impressive pile of boulders.

King Lake and Devils Thumb Loop Trail

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King Lake and Devils Thumb Loop Trail is a 14 mile hike in Roosevelt National Forest that will take about 13 hours to complete with Fido. This hike is for those people, and pups, who are in top-notch physical shape. It is best to get an early start off the trailhead at about 8am. Permits are required for overnight stays from Jun 1 through September 15, and leash laws apply all of the time.

Mitchell and Blue Lakes Trail

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Mitchell and Blue Lakes Trail is a 5.4 mile hike in Roosevelt National Forest that will take about 4 to 5 hours to complete with Fido. This area offers a variety of trails with beautiful scenery and many lakes. You will also find camping facilities and picnic areas complete with drinking water and toilets. The area can be crowded on summer weekends. During the high season you will need to pay a nominal use fee.

Lake Isabelle and Pawnee Pass Trail

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Lake Isabelle and Pawnee Pass Trail is a 7 mile hike in Roosevelt National Forest that will take about 6 hours to complete with Fido. Lake Isabelle is prone to crowds because of its beauty complete with vistas, wildflowers, and streams. If you are able to get an early start, go during the week, or hike far enough you should be able to avoid the crowds. Fido must be kept on a leash, and during the busy season nominal use fees will apply.

Mary Carter Greenway (Arapahoe Greenway)

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The Mary Carter Greenway (Arapahoe Greenway) is a multi-use trail that's a great place to walk Fido in Englewood! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Mary Carter Greenway (Arapahoe Greenway). Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit <a href="http://www.traillink.com/viewtrail.aspx?AcctID=6032685">TrailLink.com</a>.

Green Beltway Trail

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Leashed walk. Close to get to, surrounded by trees and up against the creek.

Sand Creek Regional Greenway

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The Sand Creek Regional Greenway is a multi-use trail that's a great place to walk Fido in Commerce City! The map below shows a trailhead where you can pick up the Sand Creek Regional Greenway. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit <a href="http://www.traillink.com/viewtrail.aspx?AcctID=6032624">TrailLink.com</a>.