Dog Friendly Hikes Near Denver, Colorado

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Dog Friendly Hikes Near Denver


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. 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. Check out our top 8 dog friendly hikes near Denver. But we have many more, so be sure to explore the additional pages of dog friendly hikes below.

Top 8 Dog-Friendly Hikes Near Denver, Colorado

Elk Meadow Park South Loop

  1. Elk Meadow Park – South Loop
  2. 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. Tag your dog along to enjoy the nearby off-leash dog park area.

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    Mt. Sanitas Hike Near Boulder

  3. Mt. Sanitas Hike Near Boulder
  4. 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

  5. Red Rocks Trail at Red Rocks Park
  6. 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

  7. South Valley Park Trails
  8. 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

  9. White Ranch Sunset Loop Near Golden, Colorado
  10. 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

  11. Mt. Galbraith Loop via the Cedar Gulch Trail
  12. 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

  13. Raccoon Loop Hike in Golden Gate Canyon State Park
  14. 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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    Hiking Davis Ponds at Staunton State Park

  15. Hiking Davis Ponds 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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South Valley Park Trails

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 ...
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Spruce Mountain Hikes Near Larkspur

These hikes along Spruce Mountain near Larkspur, Colorado offer both expansive vista of Colorado's rolling green hills and a unique view of Pikes Peak. Spruce Mountain is a tall butte just 45 minutes south of Denver. This hiking trail follows the outer edge of the mountain giving you a great 360 degree view of the area. Check out the entire ...
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St. Mary’s Glacier near Idaho Springs, Colorado

The hike up to St. Mary’s Glacier ascends through a beautiful forest and ends with stunning panoramic views--the kind you expect from a perfect short hike in Colorado. If you walk around St. Mary's lake then hike up the glacier, you will gain incredible views of the Rocky Mountains to the west. It is a quick hike--1.5 miles round-trip if ...
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White Ranch Sunset Loop Near Golden, Colorado

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 ...
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