It's no surprise that Denverites love their four-legged companions and like to take them just about everywhere they go (including to work!). And with so many great trails just a short drive from Denver, you will often see just as many dogs on busy hiking trails as humans (we are certainly not complaining!). 

Dog-Friendly Day Hikes From Denver
Photo Credit: Philip Moffett

While dogs are allowed on a great deal of trails, it is always wise to do a little research before you load up the car for a day of outdoor adventure, pup in tow. National Parks (a la Rocky Mountain National Park) do not allow dogs on trails or in the back country and some other trails outside of these parks will follow suit. Be sure to look online or check the signs at the trailhead to make sure it is a safe area to bring your furry friend. And always make sure you keep them on leash as required on most trails. It is for their own safety. 

Here are a few of our favorite dog-friendly hikes just a short drive from the mile high city.

  1. Alderfer / Three Sisters Park: > 15 miles of trail, easy - moderate (Evergreen)
  2. Lair O' the Bear: > 12 miles of trail, easy - hard (Morrison)
  3. Eldorado Canyon: > 20 miles of trail, easy - hard (Boulder)
  4. Mount Falcon Park: > 12 miles of trail, easy - hard (Morrison)
  5. Staunton State Park: > 30 miles of trail, easy - hard (Pine)
  6. Butler Gulch Trail: > 5 miles of trail, moderate - hard (Empire)
What trails do you and your dogs enjoy most? Share them with us on social media!

Bonus Infographic!
Infographic Best Dog-Friendly Day Hikes From Denver