Top 10 Dog Friendly Hikes Near Denver, Colorado

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Top 10 Dog Friendly Hikes Near Denver Colorado

Where can you hike with your dog near Denver? 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. 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. Check out our top 10 dog friendly hikes near Denver. But we have many more, so be sure to explore the additional pages of dog friendly hikes below.

Top 10 Dog-Friendly Hikes Near Denver, Colorado

Elk Meadow Park South Loop

  • Elk Meadow Park – South Loop

  • Distance: 2.6 miles Round Trip
    Drive Time from Denver: 35 Minutes
    Difficulty: Easy
    Elk Meadow Park is a wonderful place to go hiking with your family, if you have your kids with you, or if you just want to spend time with a friend as you hike and bask in the spectacular views of Colorado. There was a great off-leash area nearby, but this has been closed for restoration.

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    Mt. Sanitas Hike Near Boulder

  • Mt. Sanitas Hike Near Boulder

  • Distance: 3.1 Miles or 2 Miles
    Drive Time from Denver: 45 Minutes
    Difficulty: Medium+ with Easier Options
    Mt. Sanitas gives you several trail options ranging from an easy stroll along a meandering brook to a demanding trail up the mountainside. Explore the full trail profile for more detailed information.

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    Red Rocks Trail at Red Rocks Park

  • Red Rocks Trail at Red Rocks Park

  • Distance: 6 Miles Round Trip
    Drive Time from Denver: 25 Minutes
    Difficulty: Medium
    The Red Rocks Trail at Red Rocks park gives you a chance to wander through the meadows just east of the imposing red monoliths that this Denver Mountain Park is named after. Close to Denver, the Red Rocks Trail is great for a sunrise hike, an inspiring trail run or a challenging bike ride. There’s more: a cave carved into the sandstone a great geological overlook.

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    South Valley Park Trails

  • South Valley Park Trails

  • Distance: .5 Mile to 3 Miles
    Drive Time from Denver: 30 Minutes
    Difficulty: Easy
    The trails of South Valley Park are perfect for an after work hike or run in South Denver. The expansive valley near the neighborhood of Ken Caryl is enclosed on its eastern side by the exposed red rock formations of the hogback and the green foothills to the west. Views to the south are incredible, making South Valley Park especially enchanting during the early morning hours and at twilight.

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    White Ranch Sunset Loop Near Golden, Colorado

  • White Ranch Sunset Loop Near Golden, Colorado

  • Distance: 2 miles Round Trip
    Drive Time from Denver: 45 Minutes
    Difficulty: Medium
    This loop hike in White Ranch Park is a great escape, a place to watch the glow of twilight on the city of Denver as the sun sets in the West. This Colorado trail is set at the very beginning of the foothills. You’ll journey across a tranquil meadow punctuated with ponderosa pine and decorated with Spring and early Summer wildflowers.

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    Mt. Galbraith Loop via the Cedar Gulch Trail

  • Mt. Galbraith Loop via the Cedar Gulch Trail

  • Distance: 4.9 Miles
    Drive Time from Denver: Approx. 30 Minutes
    Difficulty: Medium
    Hiking Mt. Galbraith near Golden, Colorado will spoil you with it’s views into two canyons and into the City of Golden. Mount Galbraith is about 25 minutes from downtown Denver, so it makes for a quick escape from the bustle of life in town to take in the fresh air of the foothills.

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    Raccoon Loop Hike in Golden Gate Canyon State Park

  • Raccoon Loop Hike in Golden Gate Canyon State Park

  • Distance: 2.5 miles Round Trip
    Drive Time from Denver: 50 Minutes
    Difficulty: Easy
    Our kids loved this 2.5 mile Raccoon Loop Hike in Golden Gate Canyon State Park. The trail has a lot of shade, panoramic views of snowcapped peaks, wildflowers, and trickling brooks.

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    Davis Ponds Hike at Staunton State Park

  • Davis Ponds Hike at Staunton State Park

  • Distance: 2.15 Mile Loop
    Drive Time from Denver: 45 Minutes
    Difficulty: Easy
    The Davis Ponds loop is a short and easy hike, perfect for young families. Davis Ponds is a great place to take your kids fishing near Denver.

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    Bear Creek Trail at Lair o’ the Bear Park

  • Bear Creek Trail at Lair o’ the Bear Park

  • Distance: 1.7 miles Round Trip
    Drive Time from Denver: 30 Minutes
    Difficulty: Easy
    The Bear Creek Trail at Lair o’ the Bear Park may be the best family hike near Denver. The park features great hiking trails, Bear Creek, and some good picnic areas. Even the drive along the way into the canyon on Bear Creek Road is wonderful.

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    Alderfer and Three Sisters Park Hikes

  • Alderfer and Three Sisters Park Hikes

Distance: 18 Trails: .2 to 10+ Miles
Drive Time from Denver: 40 Minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Alderfer and Three Sisters Park in Evergreen, Colorado is a great collection of many trails that it could get confusing without a map. However, this is a family favorite of some good friends of ours. The trails come with different choices: from short, casual strolls to more demanding climbs and a long loop hike.

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Alderfer and Three Sisters Park

This park in Evergreen, Colorado is a family favorite of some of our good friends. They have two young daughters and love to hike Alderfer and Three Sisters. The park has so many trails that the network can get confusing, so download the Alderfer trail map or pick one up at the trailhead. Scroll down for more information on this ...
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Bear Creek Trail at Lair o' the Bear Park

Bear Creek Trail at Lair o’ the Bear Park

Lair o' the Bear is, in our family's opinion, the best family hike near Denver. First, the drive into the canyon on Bear Creek road is beautiful. Once at the park you'll find great hiking trail options, the cool water of bear creek, great parking, and some good picnic spots. There are open areas as well as shade. Our one ...
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Blue Grouse Trail at Golden Gate Canyon Park

Blue Grouse Trail in Golden Gate Canyon State Park is a wonderful adventure for kids, non-experienced hikers or out of town guests. The trail is nice and short, with little gain in elevation and the terrain is mellow, so it can be great for those carrying kids in backpacks. The Blue Grouse Trail is a perfect hiking trail for spotting ...
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Canyon Loop Trail - Betasso Preserve, Boulder

Canyon Loop Trail – Betasso Preserve, Boulder

This hike at Betasso Preserve near Boulder, Colorado makes for a perfect evening escape to watch the sunset over the town below. You'll cross through meadows dotted with wildflowers then under stands of Ponderosa pine that eventually open up to views to east. Explore the hiking trail profiles and map link below for details ...
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Streamside Trail Bridge in Eldorado Canyon State Park

Eldorado Canyon State Park Hikes

Eldorado Canyon State Park is a hiking and climbing Mecca tucked into the Front Range near Boulder and Denver, Colorado. In this hiking profile of Eldorado Canyon, we quickly give you the 4 main trails and give you some tips for your time in the canyon. Explore the full trail profile below to get all the details. Trail Snapshot: Hiking ...
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Eldorado Falls at Walker Ranch

Eldorado Falls at Walker Ranch

Eldorado Falls is a cascade waterfall tucked back in Walker Ranch near Boulder, Colorado. It's an easy to moderate 1.25 mile hike from the Ethel Harrold Trailhead down to where South Boulder Creek winds through the park and crashes over the boulders blocking its path. Explore the full trail profile below for all the details: tips, trail map, and driving ...
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Elk Meadow Park – South Loop

Elk Meadow Park is a great place to hike with your family, if you have little ones, or if you just want to talk with a friend as you hike and take in great views of Colorado. It is important to know that the adjacent off-leash dog park has been closed. Get all the info you need to hike Elk ...
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Elk Range Trail at Centennial Cone Park

Elk Range Trail at Centennial Cone Park

For those who are looking for a nice hike that incorporates the highland meadows of Colorado and views to snowcapped mountains, then the Elk Range Trail at Centennial Cone Park is the perfect hike. The Elk Range Trail can be hiked as an out-and-back 6.6 mile adventure, starting from one of two different trailheads. We saw a lot of wildlife ...
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Flatirons Vista Loop Trail

Flatirons Vista Loop Trail

If you are yearning for wide open spaces, the Flatirons Vista trail near Boulder, Colorado makes for a perfect hike. The trail has two loop options and links up to other hiking trails along the Flatirons. Explore the trail profile of this classic Colorado hike for a trail map and all the details like driving directions, trail difficulty rating, and ...
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Forsythe Canyon to Waterfall and Gross Reservoir

Forsythe Canyon to Waterfall and Gross Reservoir

Looking for a trail that will provide some shade on a hot Colorado day? This hiking trail has shade, plus a waterfall, a stream, a canyon, and lake. It's hard to beat. Forsythe Canyon is just outside Boulder, Colorado (1hr 15min from Denver), and is an easy to moderate hike. Check out our full hiking trail profile for details and ...
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Glendale Farm Trail – Douglas County Open Space

Glendale Farm is a short hiking trail near Littleton, Colorado, that offers a seventeen-acre off-leash dog park. This makes for a great after-work trail run or a leisurely hike when the sun is setting over the mountains and the day is cooling down. Explore the full trail profile below for all the details: hiking trails, trail map, and detailed directions ...
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Greenland Open Space Trail Near Larkspur, Colorado

Rolling meadows stretch to spectacular views of Pikes Peak on this easy Colorado hike near Larkspur. The Greenland Trail takes you across the stunning grasslands near Larkspur, Colorado, a Douglas County Open Space that spreads across 3,600 acres of sun-drenched fields.The Greenland Open Space trailhead can be easily accessed from I-25. Check out the full trail profile below for detailed ...
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