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.
Stratton Open Space (Photo) Credit Seth Boster
Pancake Rocks (Photo) Credit Leslie James
Rifle Falls State Park (Photo) Credit Stephen Martin
Canine in Wildflowers, Crested Butte (Photo) Credit jjhanestad (iStock)
Waterdog Lakes Trail (Photo) Credit Breanna Sneeringer, OutThere Colorado
Mount Falcon Park (Photo) OutThere Colorado file photo
Saint Mary’s Glacier (Photo) Credit Sparty1711 (iStock)
Bucket List 2021 Lakes of the Clouds Photo) Credit Leslie James, OutThere Colorado
Mad Creek Trail, Steamboat Springs (Photo) Credit chapin31 (iStock)
Sawmill Trail, Breckenridge (Photo) Credit bauhaus1000 (iStock)
Purgatory Trail, Durango (Photo) Credit KaraGrubis (iStock)
McInnis Canyon (Photo) Credit Bureau of Land Management (flickr)
Hike Near Buena Vista (Photo) Credit Jo Upshaw
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.