Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Wheat Ridge, CO

There are 39 dog friendly hiking trails within 20 miles of Wheat Ridge. 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 Wheat Ridge.

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
Pet Friendly Flatirons Vista and Doudy Draw Trail
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
Meadowlark Trail Loop Meadowlark Trail Loop is a 5.9-mile loop trail in Jefferson County Open Space. This trail is for hikers and will take you through a sandy meadow before heading down to Plymouth Creek where it crosses the creek. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the shelter near the trailhead. 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
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
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
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
Platte River Greenway Trail Platte River Greenway Trail is a 6.8 mile hike in Adams County that will take about 5 hours to complete with Fido. This trail will take you through what used to be the agricultural center of Denver. There are still some smaller working farms. The trail follows the river and there are sandbars along the way that connect to sandy beaches. 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
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
Plymouth Mountain Trail Plymouth Mountain Trail is a 6.4 mile hike that will take about 5 to 6 hours to complete with Fido. There are seven interconnected trails of varying lengths to choose from. Slopes that face east and south can be hot in the summer time. See Details
High Line Canal Trail (Waterton Canyon) The High Line Canal Trail (Waterton Canyon) is a 5-mile hike in Chatfield State Park that will take about 3 hours to complete with Fido. This casual hike allows for great views of Denver, solitude, and a glimpse into the past from sunrise to sunset. Fido must be kept on a leash, and you will also need to watch out for free-roaming cattle along the canal. 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
Sand Creek Regional Greenway 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 TrailLink.com. 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
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. See Details
High Line Canal Trail The High Line Canal Trail at Blackmer Lake is a 4 mile hike that will take about 1 to 2 hours to complete with Fido. This track of land was almost the retirement home of former President Eisenhower, but instead became the home of the Kent Denver Day School. This trail also serves as a maintenance road for the local animal control and the Denver Water Board. 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
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