Part of the joy of having a best friend is exploring with them and having fun.
Fortunately for pet-enthusiasts, there are more than enough activities in the PIkes Peak region that are pro-Fido. Colorado Springs is often claimed as one of the top pet-friendly cities by magazines and websites such as theilovedogssite.com and Liveablity.
Check into one of these pet-friendly hotels and then head into the mountains for a trip on the Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad. Your dog will love this next-level car ride on a 100-year-old steam locomotive that meanders through the rolling hills of this historic gold mining region.
Head out to the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park where you and your dog can cross North America's highest suspension bridge and explore the park together while enjoying the breathtaking views and nearby trails.
Grab breakfast and get ready for some exercise. The Colorado Springs region has fantastic hikes that are pet-friendly. Be sure to keep your dog on its leash unless it’s a designated off-leash area, and always remember bags to clean up after them. Bring lots of water for them and yourself as well.
Some of our favorite parks that have an off-leash section include:
- Palmer Park has a fenced-in dog park as well as an off-leash 1-mile loop
- Garden of the Gods Park is pet-friendly throughout and has an off-leash section near the main entrance of the park by Rock Ledge Ranch
- Red Rock Open Space has miles of hiking trails and two off-leash loops for dogs
- Fox Run Dog Park is near Black Forest and is a fenced-in area with lots of shade
In the afternoon, you and your furry friend can trek through southern Colorado history at the Manitou Cliff Dwellings or hike alongside 181 feet of cascading waterfalls at The Broadmoor Seven Falls. Another furball fan is Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, allowing you to bring them tot he 14,115-foot summit.
No dog-focused trip to Colorado Springs is complete without a visit to Bear Creek Dog Park. Highlights of the park include: 25 acres for the dogs to explore, a ¾ mile loop, a small-dog section, a creek with multiple swim areas, beautiful views of the foothills, a new agility course and human restrooms with running water. The entire park is off-leash to dogs under command control, so let your dog run free and enjoy the fresh new smells.
Because there’s always time for shopping, head to some pet-friendly shopping locations, including the Outlets at Castle Rock, Promenade Shops at Briargate, and the shopping districts of Manitou Springs and Old Colorado City.