Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Idaho Springs, CO

There are 3 dog friendly hiking trails in Idaho Springs, and 32 more nearby. 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 Idaho Springs.

Pet Friendly Colorado Mines Peak
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
Pet Friendly Stanley Mountain Trail
Stanley Mountain Trail Stanley Mountain Trail is a 6.5 mile hike in Arapaho National Forest that will take about 6 hours to complete with Fido. This trail follows the Continental Divide Trail across Berthoud Pass and is above the timberline. It is a good idea to make this an early hike and to bring supplies, especially water. 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Windy Peak Trail 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. 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
Three Mile Creek Trail Three Mile Creek Trail is a 14 mile hike in Pike National Forest that will take about 8 to 9 hours to complete with Fido. This hike is a favorite among owners and dogs alike. Your dog will need to be leashed on this trail that leads through a dense deciduous and conifer forest. The trail also makes several crossings over a shallow stream. 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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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
Scott Gomer Trail and Abyss Lake Trail The Scott Gomer Trail and Abyss Lake Trail is a 14.6 mile hike that will take about 12 hours to complete with Fido. As you hike northeast on the Scott Gomer trail, towards a tarn known as Abyss Lake, you will pass by bighorn sheep and mountain goats. Wilderness regulations will require you to keep Fido on a leash. 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
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
Woodland Lake, Lost Lake and Skyscraper Reservoir Trail 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. See Details
Square Top Lakes Trail Square Top Lakes Trail is a 4.2 mile hike in Arapaho National Forest that will take about 3 hours to complete with Fido. This trail draws less of a crowd since it is just short of qualifying as a Fourteener. As you follow the trail down an unused road you will come by a boggy section with wildflowers before rising to thick willows at the first of two lakes located on the 2 mile mark. See Details