Of the many things to do in Telluride, one of the most enjoyable is going hiking. Colorado’s many hiking trails give you ample opportunity to take advantage of the state’s abundant sunny weather and fantastic natural landscapes. There are trails to suit everyone, whether scenic or isolated, short and easy or long and tough, handicap-accessible and even dog-friendly. Have a look below at 7 of the best Colorado hiking trails where you can have your pooch tag along.
1. Bear Creek Dog Park
The first trail to make it on the list is one of the best dog parks in the country. This nationally-acclaimed dog park offers plenty of off-leash partially-fenced land for your dog to enjoy, as well as some exciting agility obstacles.
2. Broadmoor Seven Falls
If you want to take in some spectacular waterfall views with your trusted canine, Broadmoor Seven Falls is just the ticket. Once you go up the waterfall steps, you will have a variety of trails to choose from.
3. Garden of the Gods
The Garden of the Gods is a prime destination in Colorado and is the best way to check out the red rocks of the west. Your pet can clamber around on massive red rock formations so long as you keep him on a 6-foot leash. There are trails to suit all levels; the majority are classed as moderate.
4. Royal Arch Trail
For a more strenuous hike with your canine companion, take on the challenge of the Royal Arch Trail. It’s a fairly challenging trek near the Flatirons to an elevation of 1,358 ft. You’re rewarded with stunning panoramic views. If you do go on this hike, remember to bring along plenty of water.
5. Green Mountain West Trail
This 2.7-mile out and back single-track trail is a lovely, gentle hike or run through the woods. You and your pet will be able to enjoy some nice pine forests, wildflower meadows and gorgeous vistas. Microspikes are recommended and dogs should be kept on a leash.
6. Devil’s Backbone Open Space in Loveland
When you see a name like ‘Devil’s Backbone’, you know that this will be an interesting hike. Enjoy 12 miles of intertwining trails through brick-red rock formations. Just remember to keep your dog on a leash at all times.
7. Pearl Lake State Park
For a calm, idyllic walk on easy terrain, explore the Connection Trail at Pearl Lake State Park. If you and your pup are a bit low on endurance, you’ll love the calm, idyllic walk on easy terrain that the park offers. Take in the views of the massive mountains and lush pine forests; wander around for hours or camp by the lake.
Hiking with your dog is an excellent way for you and your canine to bond and get some exercise. Colorado offers so many beautiful and picturesque views that can be enjoyed by humans and pets alike. If the outdoors lifestyle is for you, then consider buying some Telluride, CO real estate.
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