BringFido’s Best of Colorado

Posted by Lauren Barker

Looking for the dog-friendliest things to do in Colorado? Well, you've come to the right place. The editors at BringFido have dedicated themselves to digging up the most dog-friendly places to visit in The Centennial State, as well as the rest of the country. In the latest edition of our book, Ruff Guide to the United States, you'll find our collection of the best places to stay and play with your dog in all 50 states. You can order a copy today for just $10.00 (a savings of 63% off the retail price) when you use the discount code BEST.

Read on to learn about some of the Colorado attractions that rose to the top of our list this year.

Best Dog-Friendly Brewery

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Beer lovers of Boulder should head to Avery Brewing Company to experience the best dog-friendly brewery The Centennial State has to offer. With a spacious fenced-in area dotted with sections of astroturf, Avery is the froth on top of Colorado’s fanatical beer scene. This popular brewery has a variety of thirst-quenching, hoppy beverages. One of the favorites is Ellie’s Brown Ale, which features the brewmaster’s Chocolate Labrador on the label and raises money for the Humane Society of Boulder Valley with every sale.

Sleep it off while Fido plays off leash in the fenced backyard of this downtown home.

Most Dog-Friendly State Park

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Centered on the Chatfield Reservoir and surrounded by rolling hills, Chatfield State Park is the most dog-friendly state park in Colorado. Let him run leash-free in the 69-acre, fully fenced dog park which includes two ponds for doggie paddling, canine water fountains, and miles of paved and unpaved trails. Bring your own boat to sail, cruise or fish the reservoir, or venture out with your pup on a canoe or paddleboard. Daily or annual passes are required for the dog park.

Canine campers are welcome at Chatfield State Park Campground and at the highly-rated TownPlace Suites by Marriott Denver Southwest Littleton.

Most Dog-Friendly Attraction

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Dine indoors with your dog at Pub Dog Colorado in Colorado Springs. This restaurant and dog park is the most dog-friendly attraction in The Centennial State. Head to the counter and order the Dog Pile Nachos for yourself and choose from a Pupsicle, Puppy Patty, Bacon, Bark Bowl, or Celery and Carrots from the dog menu. Fido can run it off with friends in the 3,000-square-foot, fully fenced, off-leash dog park. Look out for “pawsome” Pub Dog events like breed meetups and fundraising for local animal charities.

Check in to this charming cottage situated at another awesome pet-friendly attraction in town, Garden of the Gods. The property has a small, private side yard with a mountain view for morning sniffs.

Most Dog-Friendly Campground

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Located on 107 acres southeast of Denver, Cherry Creek State Park Campground offers plenty of activities for Fido to enjoy. Let him run leash free in the dog off-leash area, lovingly referred to as DOLA by the locals. In addition to the large fenced area, the most dog-friendly campground in Colorado also includes creek access for doggie paddling and miles of paved and unpaved trails. Less than a half hour away you’ll find Chatfield State Park Campground, which also features an off-leash dog area and two large canine swimming ponds. Daily or annual passes are required for the dog parks, but pets are permitted at both campgrounds for no additional fee.

Best Dog Park

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The Centennial State is packed full of massive off-leash areas, but Bear Creek Dog Park in Colorado Springs takes the dog biscuit among BringFido users. Be sure to swing by this huge fenced space for an afternoon of fun on your next visit to the dog-friendly Colorado Rockies. Divided into grassy space, shady spots and a small dog area, this 25-acre canine park comes complete with a creek for paddling and a pond for plunging, making it Colorado’s best dog park.

Sleep off the fun of the park at this downtown home, where you can watch your best friend play freely in the fenced backyard while you soak in the hot tub.

Top Trail to Hike With Your Dog

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Pups who love to splash through creeks and streams will jump at the chance to hike Herman Gulch Trail in Silver Plume. Fido can count the colorful columbines in bloom as you strike a course through this classic Colorado valley that springs to life during wildflower season. Dogs and their owners can cool off in the spectacular lake at the halfway point. This top trail to hike with your dog in Colorado is rated moderate and is just over seven miles out and back.

Spend the night nearby at the Historic Windsor Hotel, nestled in Clear Creek Canyon. Dogs are free to explore the property and can even hang out at reception if you need to make a trip to the store for more treats.

Best Pet-Friendly B&B

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Bring your best friend to Rico Mine Shaft Inn for a comfortable bed and a filling breakfast. Built over 130 years ago, Colorado’s best dog-friendly B&B has a long history that stretches back to an era of gold miners and early settlers. Located in Rico near the resort town of Telluride, there are many nearby activities to keep outbound hounds entertained. Spend a day enjoying the surroundings from above on the Telluride Gondola, then return to the inn to hear spooky stories in the communal gathering space.

Rico Mine Shaft Inn permits dogs for an additional fee of $10 per pet, per night.

Can’t Miss Dog Event

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Want to dance with your dog in the spring air? Get your tickets to the Wüffstock Music Festival in Grand Junction, CO. The annual event aims to celebrate the human-canine bond with live music, food and drink, and, of course, dogs! VIP Tickets are available to Colorado’s can’t miss dog event and include early entrance, drinks in the VIP tent, a Wüffstock poster signed by the band, and a limited edition Wüffstock T-shirt. All proceeds benefit Roice Hurst Humane Society.

If your mutt is a maverick, then there’s no better place to stay than Hotel Maverick. Dogs of all sizes can enjoy a stroll through the grassy area outside.

Ready for a Road Trip?

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If our Best of Colorado preview left your dog drooling for more, we hope you check out our book - Ruff Guide to the United States. Remember to use gift code BEST to get a copy for just $10. Happy Travels!

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