Dog Friendly Hikes Near Denver

Looking for good hikes for you and your dog? The truth is that you can take your dog with you on most trails near Denver–but there are exceptions. And there are some trails that just aren’t all that enjoyable for Fido. On each hiking trail profile we let you know if dogs are allowed, but here we try to point out the best. We’ve selected these hikes based on feedback from our thirteen year old, Black Lab, Francine. She’s confident that your dog will love them. Her favorite is Elk Meadows in Evergreen and it’s off-leash area with 3 miles of trails across 100 acres of beautiful Colorado. It should be noted that it’s good to assume that all these hikes require our dogs to be on a leash unless otherwise indicated.


Elk Range Trail at Centennial Cone Park

October 16, 2014 Comments (1) 4-6 miles, About 45 Min, Bluff Top Views, Dog Friendly Hikes, Easy, Elk, hikes near golden colorado, Meadows, Mountain Range Views, Ruins

Looking East towards Centennial Cone Elk Range Trail at Centennial Cone Profile For a high country hike the elevation gains and descents are very gentle, and the inclines are not difficult. Centennial Cone Park is about 10 miles west of Golden, Colorado, and feels like a backcountry trail

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Green Mountain hike near boulder

Hiking Green Mountain Near Boulder

October 9, 2014 Comments (0) 4-6 miles, About 45 Min, Boulder Hikes, Canyon, Creek or Brooks, Dog Friendly Hikes, Medium, Mountain Range Views, Peak-Top Views

Green Mountain Near Boulder Trail Profile Parking was EXTREMELY busy when I visited on a Sunday morning, I had to park along Baseline road and many people were parking along residential streets. Don’t be turned off by this though, many come for the lower hikes, and visitors noticeably

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Horseshoe Trail at Golden Gate Canyon Park

September 25, 2014 Comments (2) 3-4 Miles, About 60 Min, Birdwatching, Bluff Top Views, Boulder Hikes, By Map, Cliffs, Colorado State Park Hikes, Deer, Dog Friendly Hikes, fall colors, Grassland, hikes near golden colorado, Meadows, Medium, Mountain Range Views, Rock Formations

Golden Gate Canyon’s Horseshoe Trail is a 3.6 mile out-and-back hike (1.8 miles one-way). We’ve rated it as moderate in difficulty because of the 900+ feet of elevation gain. The Horseshoe Trail is popular because it follows the beds of several small streams, winds through

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Golden Gate Sate Park Blue Grouse Trail Landscape

Blue Grouse Trail at Golden Gate Canyon Park

September 20, 2014 Comments (1) 1-2 Miles, About 60 Min, Birdwatching, Bluff Top Views, Boulder Hikes, Colorado State Park Hikes, Deer, Dog Friendly Hikes, Easy, fall colors, hikes near golden colorado, hikes with kids denver, Lakes, Meadows, Mountain Range Views, Rock Formations, Wildflowers

Before you start this hike there are some things you should know – a Colorado State Park Pass is required to enter Golden Gate Canyon State Park. A day pass can be purchased at the Visitors Center upon entrance into the park. Some trails offer passes at self-serve dispensers, but

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St. Mary’s Glacier near Idaho Springs, Colorado

It was the first day of June, and when I arrived at the base of St. Mary’s

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Mt. Galbraith Loop via the Cedar Gulch Trail

The Mt. Galbraith hike profiled here is a lollipop loop, and the out-and-back

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White Ranch Sunset Loop Near Golden, Colorado

If you are looking for a great family hike or for a mountain biking experience in

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Red Rocks Trail at Red Rocks Park

The Red Rocks Trail at Red Rocks park gives you a chance to wander through the

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Greenland Open Space Trail Near Larkspur, Colorado

Rolling meadows stretch to spectacular views of Pikes Peak on this easy Colorado

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Mt. Sanitas Hike Near Boulder

Mt. Sanitas offers three different hike options, ranging from the more difficult

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Forsythe Canyon to Waterfall and Gross Reservoir

The shade of a wooded canyon, combined with a waterfall, ending at a blue lake, make

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Spruce Mountain Trail Near Larkspur March 25, 2012

Spruce Mountain Hikes Near Larkspur

These hikes along Spruce Mountain near Larkspur, Colorado offer both expansive vista

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Meyer Ranch Open Space Near Allenspark July 8, 2011

Meyer Ranch Open Space Hikes

Yearning for Colorado’s big sky and open meadows? Meyer Ranch Open Space is

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Highline Canal Trail - South of Fly'n B Park June 17, 2011

High Line Canal Hike – County Line to Fly’n B...

The Highline Canal starts in the foothills and meanders over 60 miles through

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Mount Falcon View from Castle June 1, 2011

Mount Falcon – Castle & Tower Hike

Mount Falcon features several trails. By combining a few, you can create a 3.7 mile

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March 24, 2011

Elk Meadow Park – South Loop

Elk Meadow Park is a great place to hike with your family, if you have little ones,

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Flatirons Vista Loop Trail

You’ve got options. The Flatiron Vista Loop trail offers 2 loops. One is 3.3

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Maxwell Falls Near Evergreen, Colorado

When we were moving to Denver, we were looking for a great house and for great

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August 4, 2010

Glendale Farm Trail – Douglas County Open Space

Glendale Farm is a short hiking trail near Littleton, Colorado, that offers a 17

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O Fallon Park Trails

These hiking trails near Evergreen, Colorado weave through the Bear Creek area in

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Streamside Trail Bridge in Eldorado Canyon State Park June 17, 2010

Eldorado Canyon State Park Hikes

4 Trail Options in Eldorado Canyon State Park #1 – The Streamside Trail is the

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Alderefer and Three Sisters Park June 13, 2010

Alderfer and Three Sisters Park

This park in Evergreen, Colorado is a family favorite of some of our good friends.

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December 4, 2009

South Valley Park Trails

The trails of South Valley Park are perfect for an after work hike or run in South

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