Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Central City, CO

There are 37 dog friendly hiking trails within 20 miles of Central City. Use the links below to get an overview of each one, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners. Coming from out of town? Get a discounted rate on pet friendly hotels in Central City.

Pet Friendly Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Golden Gate Canyon State Park Golden Gate Canyon State Park 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. Golden Gate Canyon State Park is open every day of the week from 5am to 10pm. See Details
Pet Friendly Beaver Brook Trail
Beaver Brook Trail 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. See Details
Flatirons Vista and Doudy Draw Trail 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. See Details
Elk Meadow Park Elk Meadow Park is a 107-acre space featuring 3.2 miles of trails to explore with Fido. Much of the area is not fenced, so make sure you keep Fido leashed during your visit to the pretty park. Keep your eyes peeled for elk trekking around the park. The trails can be accessed every day of the week from 6am to 7pm. See Details
Royal Arch Trail 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. See Details
St. Mary's Glacier Trail St. Mary's Glacier Trail is a beautiful hiking trail with great views from the top. Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash at all times. Within 30 minutes of setting off, you'll be at the top of the glacier enjoying the refreshing lake of St. Mary's. This is a moderate 2.4-mile trail that is highly trafficked by lots of pups. See Details
Rosalie Trail Rosalie Trail is a 12.4 mile hike in Pike National Forest that will take about 9-10 hours to complete with Fido. Most of the trail will lead you through lush, dense forest fed by creeks. There are sections of the trail that will take you above the timberline where afternoon storms can blow in. Fido will have to be leashed as most of the trail is in a wilderness area. See Details
Lair o' the Bear Park Lair o’ the Bear Park is a favorite of visitors and families due to its abundance of picnic tables and charcoal grills and proximity to Bear Creek for fishing. Leashed pets are welcome and the Bear Creek Trail is 12 miles roundtrip. See Details
Boulder Reservoir Boulder Reservoir is pet-friendly. Leashed pets are welcome during the off-season at this lovely Boulder area park, which includes swimming areas, fishing, and wildlife viewing. On the North Side of the lake, dogs can take the short hike from the Open Space parking lot down to the beach and then run for miles. On the South Side of the lake, from Labor Day until mid-May, dogs are allowed to play on the Reservoir’s “people beach”. Dogs are prohibited from May 15 through Labor Day. See Details
Eldorado Canyon State Park Located just down the road from Boulder and a stones throw from Denver, Eldorado Canyon State Park is dog-friendly. This picturesque park contains sandstone cliffs, South Boulder Creek, and a number of sheer golden walls for climbing. You must keep Fido on a leash while you are exploring Eldorado Canyon State Park. The park is open every day of the week from dawn until dusk. See Details
Bear Creek Trail 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. See Details
Mesa Trail Mesa Trail is a dog-friendly trail in Boulder, Colorado. It includes lots of varying pathways which differ in width and terrain, great for an interesting dog walk with your pooch. See Details
Frazer Meadow Trail 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. See Details
Switzerland Trail 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 TrailLink.com. See Details
Fraser River Trail The Fraser River Trail is a multi-use trail that's a great place to walk Fido in Granby! The map below shows a trailhead where you can pick up the Fraser River 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 TrailLink.com. See Details
Mount Evergreen Loop A relatively easy hike up to the summit of Evergreen Mountain. It is about 5 miles round trip, and dogs are allowed on leash. Be aware that there are a lot of mountain bikers. See Details
Green Mountain Loop Trail 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. See Details
Apex Trail 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. See Details
White Ranch Open Space Park- Rawhide Trail 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.
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Silver Dollar and Murray Lakes Trail Silver Dollar and Murray Lakes Trail is a 4.4 mile hike in Arapaho National Forest that will take about 3 hours to complete with Fido. This hike will take you by over 100 species of wildflowers, a thinning forest, several lakes, and a small creek. You and Fido will both delight in the beauty of this hike. See Details
The Colorado Trail 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. See Details
Colorado Mines Peak Colorado Mines Peak is a 3 mile hike in Arapaho National Forest that will take about 2 to 3 hours to complete with Fido. The hike to the peak is fairly short, but the views are spectacular and the trailhead is open year round at Berthoud Pass. Plus, since this is one of the easiest to climb of the 12,000 foot peaks in the Rockies, it's a 'must' for anyone visiting Denver with Fido. See Details
South Boulder Peak and Bear Mountain Trail 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. See Details
Mesa Trail South End 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. See Details