Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Westminster, CO

There are 36 dog friendly hiking trails within 20 miles of Westminster. 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 Westminster.

Pet Friendly Sloan's Lake Park
Sloan's Lake Park Sloan's Lake Park is a 177-acre, dog-friendly area in Denver. 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
Pet Friendly Cheesman Park
Cheesman Park Cheesman Park is pet-friendly. Located in central Denver, a pet-friendly crushed granite path winds its way around the park. There's lots of space for flying kites and throwing Frisbees with your pooch on the grass. You'll also discover lots of beautiful vistas from the historic Cheesman Memorial Pavilion, constructed from marble to honor Denver pioneer Walter Cheesman. The park is open every day of the week from 5am to 11pm. 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
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 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. There is a connecting trail from the Lower North Parking Lot to Red Rocks Trail. The trail splits with one segment going north to connect to Jefferson County’s Matthews-Winters park and the other segment goes east to connect to the Dakota Ridge Trail. The Red Rocks Trail continues on to Matthews-Winters, creating a dramatic 6-mile loop. 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. Trails open one hour before sunrise and close one hour after sunset. 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
Sand Creek Greenway Trail Sand Creek Greenway Trail is a 2 mile hike that will take about 1 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 hike 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. 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 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
Washington Park Washington Park is pet-friendly. This Denver 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
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
Cherry Creek State Park Cherry Creek State Park is a scenic dog-friendly park and reservoir in Aurora, CO. Boaters, hikers, bird watchers, fisherman, and outdoor recreation enthusiasts are all drawn to this picturesque area on the outskirts of Denver. Leashed dogs are welcome in campgrounds and on select trails within the park, but are not permitted in wetland areas. If Fido lives for off-leash play, take a detour to The Cherry Creek ​Dog of​f-Leash Area (DOLA), a 107 ​​acre fenced area with water access. See Details
Mary Carter Greenway (Arapahoe Greenway) The Mary Carter Greenway (Arapahoe Greenway) is a multi-use trail that's a great place to walk Fido in Littleton! 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 TrailLink.com. See Details
Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge While pets are not allowed at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Commerce City, CO, leashed dogs are allowed on the Perimeter Trail. The trail is located just outside the refuge and parking is available on Gateway Road. See Details
Confluence Park Confluence Park is pet-friendly. Dogs are welcome to join their owners on leash around the trails of the well-maintained park. It gets the name from Cherry Creek and the South Platte River meeting up here. The winding trails lead to views of downtown, kayakers braving the rapids and places for pooches to sunbathe on the sandy banks. Catch some tunes during the summer at the free concert series on Thursday nights. The park is open every day of the week from 5am to 11pm. 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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City Park Leashed dogs are welcome at City Park. Located in east-central Denver, 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