Denver, Colorado is known for being a very pet-friendly city for dog lovers. There are over 47 dog parks in Colorado and the Denver area. At least 38 hotels in Denver are dog friendly.
Many restaurants have opened up their patio dining areas to dogs and their owners such as Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, Corner Bakery Cafe, Armida’s, Del Mar Crab House and Dixons Downtown Grill.
Denver’s RTD bus system and Light Rail train allow small dogs on board in hard-sided carriers.
There are multiple pet stores in each city and in the Denver metro area. If you feed your pets organic and natural pet food, you can be sure to find a specialty boutique nearby.
Beyond the Denver metro area, many owners take their dogs hiking with lots of places that allow dogs off-leash. Ania Savage is the author of Best Hikes with Dogs Colorado with many local favorites. There are also quite a few other books specializing in hikes with your dog.
Boulder County is a popular place to take your dog off-leash because they offer a Voice & Sight green ID tag for purchase. The Voice & Sight tag allows your dog to run off-leash in open space and most hiking trails in Boulder County.
South of Denver is Colorado Springs, which has won 1st and 2nd place for Top Dog-Friendly Cities and Best Cities for Dogs respectively.
If you don’t have a dog and would like to participate in all these fun dog-loving activities, consider adopting one from a shelter or rescue. Colorado has many animal shelters with pets that need a second chance at love and live.
Check out the Colorado Dog Rescue Directory to find a new addition to your family.