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Denver, Colorado might be known for its breathtaking Mile High elevation and its status as the state capital (not to mention a little football team you might have heard of), but this urban oasis nestled in the Rocky Mountains is quickly becoming one of the nation’s top dog-friendly destinations. The Rover team traveled to this dog-happy mountain metropolis to show you the best hikes, parks, bars, and more that you can enjoy, dog in tow.
From pupcakes and biscuits to bulk treats and everyday kibble, this bakery is literally for the dogs. You won’t find any made-for-human cakes or cookies here, but a wide selection of high-quality baked goods made of natural ingredients such as apples, cranberries, molasses, and carob (a safe-for-dogs chocolate substitute) means sweet treats galore for every kind of dog under the Denver sun. 1503 Boulder St., Denver, CO 80211; 303-477-0844
Few things in life are better than a brew with your pup after a day hike or romp at the dog park, as the friendly folks at Denver Beer Co. are well aware. Located just a few blocks from the popular Railyard dog park, this Denver craft beer institution offers a variety of styles, from Kolsch and lagers to hazy IPAs and porters, that you can enjoy on a bustling, dog-friendly outdoor patio. 1695 Platte St., Denver, CO 80202; 303-433-2739
Located in the fashionable Cherry Creek neighborhood, this dog-friendly boutique property handily accommodates humans and their pets. Trendy restaurants, eclectic and high-end shopping, and plenty of paved sidewalks and grassy parks make the area a great place to explore on both two feet and four paws. 245 Columbine St., Denver, CO 80206; 720.772.5000
Known for its picturesque scenery, epic hiking, and iconic live concert series, Red Rocks State Park is a must-do with your dog when in Denver. Multiple, pet-friendly trails, paved and unpaved, provide unparalleled adventures for you and the pup (note: pets must be leashed at all times). Plus, it’s easily accessible and close to the city, just 10 miles west of downtown. Crank up the U2 and explore! 18300 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison, CO 80465; 720-865-2494
Bigsby the Golden Retriever is the namesake for this Denver winery and bar, and you’ll see his sweet mug everywhere, from wine glasses and wine labels to the venue’s glowing neon sign, so it goes without saying this cozy tasting room is dog-friendly. Bring your pooch, belly up for a tasting, and don’t forget to ask about the folly Bigsby committed that inspired the venue’s name. 3563 Wazee St., Denver, CO 80216; 720-485-3158
15 minutes from downtown Denver, this sprawling, natural area, described here as Denver’s “spacious backyard playground,” offers opportunities aplenty to hike, swim, cycle, camp, explore, and more. For dog owners, a fenced, off-leash 107-acre dog park is a great place to play and exercise; plenty of trails and even a dog swim area will keep your faithful companion busy while you enjoy the natural beauty that is hard to escape when visiting Denver. 4201 S Parker Rd, Aurora, CO 80014; 303-297-1192
For more dog-friendly activities in Denver, visit our in-depth guide Dog’s Day Out: Denver, and check out some of the other articles below.
- Top Dog Parks in Denver, CO
- The Top 9 Dog-Friendly Hikes Near Denver
- The Best Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Denver
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