Summer is the perfect time to head outside and get some exercise, and there's no better travel companion and workout buddy than man's best friend. Bring your furry friend along for the adventure this summer with these dog-friendly activities in Colorado.
Stretching from Denver to Durango is the beautiful Colorado Trail. This trail is 567 miles long, but don't let that alarm you. You and your furry friend can start hiking at any point on the trail and walk for as long as you desire. Leashed dogs are allowed on the majority of this trail, except for a few miles at the trail's northeast tail and in the protected bighorn sheep area.
Durango Off-Leash Area
If your pup wants to spend a little time off the leash, head over to the Durango Off-Leash Area. This park is located along the Animas River, so it's perfect for pups who love to swim. Situated at the base of Smelter Mountain and stretching over 24 acres, this park is a great place for your best friend to socialize with other dogs and get in a bit of light hiking. Additionally, the surrounding town of Durango is very dog-friendly; many restaurants and stores are more than happy to welcome your dog inside.
Ska Brewing Company
After a long day of hiking in Durango, you and your pup can grab a nightcap at Ska Brewing Company. You and your furry friend can enjoy live music in the beer garden every Thursday or partake in Happy Hour Yoga every Monday. Ska Brewing Company offers a variety of local and seasonal brews as well as traditional bar fare, and all leashed dogs are welcome.
McCullough Gulch Trail
If you have a thrill-seeking pup who's already a hiking pro, consider taking a trip to McCullough Gulch Trail. This trail takes hikers along a series of creeks and lakes, which happen to be popular locations for fishing. This is one of the best dog-friendly activities in Colorado because it accommodates dogs of all types. Adventurous pups can brave the more difficult hikes at higher elevations, while dogs who favor a more relaxing day trip can lounge along the waterfront.