Dive headfirst into Colorado’s unique history and natural beauty on the pet-friendly Mayflower Gulch Trail. Your adventure begins with an incline through a forest, before the trail opens up into a huge valley with views of the upper part of Mayflower Gulch. Explore the abandoned ruins of the old mining town that was once a bustling destination for early settlers. At nearly six miles, this moderate trail is no walk in the park, but the secluded Old West vibe makes it worth the effort. Locals like to use the space as an off-leash area, even though dogs are technically supposed to be kept on a leash. If your pooch doesn’t enjoy interacting with other pups, you may want to choose a different hiking trail in the area. Wildflowers are more abundant in summer in this region of Colorado, but you’ll still find sprinklings of color in late spring.
After a day of hiking, spend a long weekend at this dog-friendly cabin with your pack. Your pooch can join you for a leashed walk around the property with a mountain backdrop, followed by an evening in front of the log fire.
Looking for longer, steeper and more trying trails? Expert outbound hounds are invited to bite off as much as they can chew on these challenging hikes with big payoffs.