Denver is definitely a dog lover’s mecca. Coloradans love to get outdoors, and often when they do there’s a leash and a canine in tow.

Washington Park

Denver, CO 80209
(303) 698-4962

Wash park’s more than 150 acres are a favorite for dog walkers and dog joggers. Some areas are off limits for the canines, but the crushed gravel trail around the outside of the park and the one that runs through the middle are both popular. Remember, a well-exercised dog is a happy dog.

Stapleton Dog Park

2002 Spruce St
Denver, CO 80238

Located at East 24th Avenue & Syracuse Street, this dog park is a great spot for dogs to run free. There are usually interesting people to talk to while the dogs are romping about. The ground cover is all sand — a plus because you won’t see too many muddy prints in your car when it’s time to go.

Meyer Ranch Park

700 Jefferson County Parkway
Golden, CO 80401
(303) 271-5925

Jefferson County Open Space’s Meyer Ranch Park off Highway 285 is close to the city but it feels far away. Leashed dogs are welcome, so after parking at the lot at the bottom of the trail and getting your dog or dogs “saddled up,” you’ll start up the slight incline to the base of the trails. The Owl Perch and Lodgepole trails form a 2 mile loop that’s an easy hike for even the novice, making this a great choice for visitors of all ages. When wildflowers are growing along the hillside in the summer months, the space is alive with vibrant color. Your dogs will enjoy ample space to walk and big fields on either side in which to roam. We found that the trails seemed far enough from the highway that we almost forgot how close we were. Nice and wooded, and cooler even on a hot day, the walk can be a welcome retreat.

Chatfield State Park

11500 N Roxborough Park Road
Littleton, CO 80125
(303) 791-7275

There’s a nice off-leash area for pooches in the northeast corner of this pretty state park. Dogs can get in the water here; your dog will enjoy testing out his or her doggie paddle.