Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Colorado

If your dog likes to ruff it, bring Fido hiking in Colorado. Our dog friendly hiking section includes everything from easy one-hour walks to fantastic overnight trips in Colorado that won’t be soon forgotten. Seriously, go take a hike!

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
Seven Falls Bring Fido to bask in the majesty of Seven Falls, a magnificent series of waterfalls located in a 1,400-foot-wall box canyon, and then explore everything else the new Seven Falls has to offer. From delectable new dining options—including the exquisite new 1859—gift shops, walking and hiking trails, the optional Broadmoor Soaring Adventure—a thrilling exploration above Seven Falls, following rope bridges, a via ferrata and culminating in a rappel—and so much more to come. Next to the Falls, a 224-step stairway leads to a system of trails that will take you onto Inspiration Point with a breath-taking view of Colorado Springs and the great plains beyond. Wildlife is everywhere, including hummingbirds, rainbow trout and the rare, waterfall nesting- American Dipper. Seven Falls is located just ten minutes from downtown Colorado Springs via Cheyenne Blvd. 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
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
Garden of the Gods The Garden of the Gods Park is a Registered National Natural Landmark in Colorado Springs. Admission is free, and your leashed pup is welcome to join you as you hike along the beautiful trails through the red rock formations. Fido can also join you for a bite to eat on the terrace of Bean Sprouts Cafe. See Details
McCullough Gulch Trail McCullough Gulch Trail is a 2.8 mile hike in White River National Forest that will take about 2 hours to complete with Fido. 1.6 miles into this hike you will come across the turquoise Upper Blue Reservoir and the nearby falls. You may choose to continue upward another 1.2 miles above the timberline. Should you decide to continue on this second part of the hike be sure to bring a topographic map and go on a cloudless day. See Details
Dunraven Trail (North Fork of Big Thompson River Trail) This dog-friendly, 5.5 mile hike in Roosevelt National Forest will take about 6 hours to complete with Fido. The Dunraven trail is about 3 miles outside of the national park and has a stream that winds along it. Fido may opt to splash in the stream while you cross over it on the footbridges. 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 Memorial Day dogs are allowed to play on the Reservoir’s “people beach”. 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
The Crags Trail The Crags Trail is a 4 mile hike in Pike National Forest that will take about 2.5 hours to complete with Fido. This trail, exclusively for hikers and horsemen, leads to the Crags and is a true mountain adventure. The ground is padded with evergreen needles and is easy on Fido's paws. There is a leash requirement on this trail. 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
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
Waterdog Lakes Trail Waterdog Lakes Trail is a 3.6 mile hike in San Isabel National Forest that will take about 4 hours to complete with Fido. This is a quick and easy hike for those who are regular hikers. The 2 mile trail runs alongside a stream and upward through an evergreen forest. You will reach the lakes at the timberline where Fido can take the opportunity for a splash in the water. See Details
Red Rock Canyon Open Space Leashed pets are welcome ton most trails, and off-leash pets are welcome in the upper and lower dog loop areas, although it is unfenced. See Details
Chihuahua Gulch and Lake Trail Even the biggest of big dogs will love this 6.1 mile hike in the White River National Forest that is named after the mighty Chihuahua. The trail is steep at times, but it also criss-crosses a stream several times which makes it easy for Fido to cool off along the way. There are also several small ponds along the way, which are a great spot to pause for a picnic with Fido. 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
Great Sand Dunes National Park Pets are permitted in the main national park day use areas and in the national preserve as long as they are kept on a leash less than 6 feet long. They are not permitted in the national park backcountry. Please keep the park clean by cleaning up after your pet. Unless you are in the moist, cool sand of Medano Creek, plan to hike with your pet in morning or evening in summer months to avoid hot sand. 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
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
Ute Valley Park A beautiful park for hiking, sightseeing, running, and mountain biking. 338.4 acres placed in the middle of residences. Even though you are in the middle of a neighborhood, there are many parts of the park where you feel like you are in the wilderness. It's beautiful and easy to get lost (in a good way) in this park. See Details