Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Denver, CO

There are 11 dog friendly hiking trails in Denver. 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 Denver.

Pet Friendly Cheesman Park
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
Pet Friendly Washington Park
Washington Park Washington Park in Denver, CO is pet friendly and welcomes leashed dogs. This park is a popular hangout spot for local pooches and their owners. Encompassing 155 acres of pleasant grounds, including two lakes and a flower garden that is a replica of George Washington's gardens at Mount Vernon, there's plenty to see with your pooch. The Washington Park Boathouse, completed in 1913, is the main attraction of the park. Among the many other amenities that canines and their owners will observe and enjoy are a bicycle/pedestrian pathway, crushed granite jogging path, fitness course, horseshoe pit, lawn bowling/croquet area, soccer field, tennis courts and recreation center. See Details
Sloan's Lake Park Sloan's Lake Park is a 177-acre, dog-friendly area in Denver, CO. The park is the second largest of Denver's parks, located in the Highlands neighborhood. It's bordered by a 2.6-mile trail for walking, jogging and walking your pooch on a leash. Fishing, boating and water skiing are allowed on the lake and the annual Colorado Dragon Boat Festival is held there, too. See Details
Lincoln Park Leashed dogs are welcome in Lincoln Park, a pet-friendly, neighborhood park close to downtown Denver and the Santa Fe Arts District. Explore the trails, street murals, sculptures and much more found in this historic area. See Details
Confluence Park Leashed dogs are welcome at Confluence Park, a pet-friendly outdoor space in Denver, CO, where you and Fido can explore the trails throughout this well-maintained park. The winding trails lead to views of downtown, kayakers braving the rapids and places for pooches to sunbathe on the sandy banks. See Details
City Park Leashed dogs are welcome at City Park. Located in east-central Denver, pet-friendly City Park covers 314 landscaped acres and is home to the Denver Zoo, Denver Museum of Nature & Science and a public golf course, all surrounded by a neighborhood. Playgrounds, picnic sites, lakes and more make this expansive park Denver's version of Central Park in New York City. It's a great place to spend a day as a family or with human and furry friends. See Details
South Platte River Greenway Trail The South Platte River Greenway Trail can be accessed at various points along its 30-mile route in Adams County, where leashed dogs are welcome to enjoy a walk with you along the South Platte River. This pet-friendly trail will take you through what used to be the agricultural center of Denver, CO. There are still some smaller working farms and several sandbars along the way that connect to sandy beaches on the river. See Details
Civic Center Park Leashed dogs are welcome at Civic Center Park, a pet-friendly outdoor space in Denver, CO. The park features trails, open space, public art, a fountain, gardens and benches. See Details
Sand Creek Regional Greenway The Sand Creek Regional Greenway is a dog-friendly, 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 TrailLink.com. See Details
Skyline Park Leashed dogs are welcome at Skyline Park, a pet-friendly, 1-acre park in downtown Denver where you and Fido can stretch your legs. Explore this linear park and plaza surrounded by lovely landscaping with industrial stone artwork throughout. See Details
Johnson-Habitat Park Johnson-Habitat Park in Denver, CO is a secluded dog-friendly park alongside the South Platte River. There is a paved pathway for cyclist and pedestrians, as well as picnic areas and direct river access. See Details
Flatirons Vista and Doudy Draw Trail Leashed dogs are welcome to join you on a hike at Flatirons Vista and Doudy Draw Trail in Boulder, CO. This pet-friendly, 3.7 mile hike takes about 3 hours to complete. This is a gorgeous hike for early spring when the mesa is in full bloom, and a stunning evening hike during the summer when you can watch the sunset behind the mountains. See Details
Red Rocks Amphitheatre & Park Leashed dogs are welcome to join their owners while they exercise at Red Rocks Amphitheatre & Park trails. Red Rocks Park is a pet-friendly Denver Mountain Park and has two trails that are completely within the park, Trading Post Trail and Geologic Overlook Trail, both restricted to pedestrians only. The Trading Post Trail is 1.4 miles in length, and goes through spectacular rock formations, valleys and a natural meadow. Some of the terrain is rough, so hiking boots/shoes are recommended. Also, hikers should be prepared for adverse weather conditions as the weather can change very quickly. The Red Rocks Trail runs through the east side of the park and is a multi-use trail for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. Dogs must be on a leash at all times and owners must clean up all waste. Dogs are not allowed at Red Rocks Amphitheatre during performances; call (720) 865-2494 before driving to the park to avoid disappointment. See Details
Royal Arch Trail Royal Arch Trail is a challenging and heavily trafficked 3.2-mile hike in Boulder, CO, 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, so bring Fido along to enjoy the views and exercise. Dogs must be leashed while on the trail. See Details
Chautauqua Park Chautauqua Park welcomes leashed dogs on the grassy lawn and nearby trails of this beautiful, scenic hiking area in Boulder, CO. This pet-friendly park welcomes you and Fido to enjoy an afternoon picnic or hit the Chautauqua Trail for some exercise and fresh air. Be sure to pack water for you and your pup, and remember to clean up after your pets during your visit. See Details
Sand Creek Regional Greenway Sand Creek Regional Greenway in Aurora, CO, is a 13-mile, dog-friendly hike that will take about one hour to complete with Fido. This trail is, for the most part, in its natural state. Fido will love the babbling creek that is accessible by footpaths along the trail. See Details
High Line Canal Trail The High Line Canal Trail in Horseshoe Preserve is a 5.8 mile hike that will take about 3 hours to complete with Fido. This pet-friendly hike in Greenwood Village, CO, will actually lead you through the suburbs and passes through some expensive subdivisions. A new, larger parking lot was installed that caused Colorado Boulevard to intercept Orchard Road a block farther to the east. Be aware that this change still is not marked on most maps. See Details
Dinosaur Ridge Leashed dogs are welcome on the ridge and Triceratops Trail at Dinosaur Ridge, a pet-friendly trail in Morrison, CO. Dogs are not allowed in the gift shop or Exhibit Hall. Dinosaur Ridge features a world-famous dinosaur track site with over 300 dinosaur footprints for you and your friends and family to explore! See Details
Lair o' the Bear Park Lair o’ the Bear Park in Idledale, CO, is a pet-friendly favorite of visitors and families due to its abundance of picnic tables, charcoal grills and proximity to Bear Creek for fishing. Leashed pets are welcome and the Bear Creek Trail is 12 miles roundtrip. See Details
Barr Lake State Park Dogs are allowed to join you at certain areas of pet-friendly Barr Lake State Park in Brighton, CO. Pet owners should know that dogs are not permitted in the Wildlife Refuge located within the southern half of the lake, but they can join you on a number of the other pretty trails that surround the lake. Fans of fishing and boating can enjoy the calm waters at this destination, and bird spotters will be astounded by the 450 different varieties of birds that have been spotted in the area. There is an entrance fee. See Details
Plymouth Mountain Trail Plymouth Mountain Trail in Littleton, CO, is a 6.4 mile hike that will take about 5 to 6 hours to complete with Fido. There are seven interconnected, pet-friendly trails of varying lengths to choose from. Keep in mind that slopes that face east and south can be hot in the summer time. See Details
Bear Creek Lake Trail Loop Bear Creek Lake Trail Loop is a 9.4 mile dog-friendly hike which begins near Morrison, CO. Dogs should be leashed on the trail and hikers can expect to encounter other visitors who may be hiking, fishing or horseback riding. The trail is moderately challenging and is best hiked between April and October. See Details
Mesa Trail Leashed dogs are welcome to hike Mesa Trail in Boulder, CO. This pet-friendly hike usually takes about 4 hours to complete. You and Fido can explore the many detours and loops through differing terrain including meadows, creeks and springs. See Details
Mount Falcon Park Mount Falcon Park in Indian Hills and Morrison, CO is dog-friendly. Leashed pups are welcome on 12.2 miles of trails, including the 1.7-mile Turkey Trot Trail which connects the two towns. The park is open daily from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. See Details