It’s no secret that dogs can be some of the best hiking companions around. Here are 12 dog-friendly trails located in Colorado known for featuring water sources, shade, and more to explore with your four-legged friend.

Editor’s Note: Remember – not every dog is built to hike and not every hike is built for dogs. Know your dog’s capabilities and plan ahead by picking the right trail. Dogs have bad days, just like humans. Have a back-up plan for getting your pup off the mountain. For more intense hikes where you may be unable to carry your pup back to the trailhead, consider bringing a carrying pack built to safely transport your animal. Ruff Rescue is one local company offering this type of pack, with different styles available for different sizes of animals. It’s also important to follow local leash laws and consider some sort of protective footwear for your pup if trails are rocky.

Leslie James is all about Colorado when it comes to writing features, sharing adventures, and creating colorful galleries. She loves camping, hiking, mountain biking and snowboarding. Leslie joined OutThere Colorado in November 2020.

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[happybirthday] Today is my Glory Halla's 3rd Birthday, a small Jack Russell, and we had planned to go on a nice hike with her brother, Jackson, JR who is 14. It was waaaaaaaaaaaay to hot here in Denver...and loved reading your article. Not sure if these hikes are good for smaller dogs, as you said, be able to have a way out. Thank you though. The article was lovely!!

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