Bring the dog

By: The Gazette
May 18, 2013
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Bear Creek Dog Park

Improvements to the 25-acre, leash-free park since its inception in 1996 include a water fountain for humans and dogs, permanent bathrooms with running water and a couple of "swimming holes" thanks to county erosion prevention and widening on a half-mile stretch of Bear Creek. There is a fenced area for small dogs.


St. Mary's Glacier

You won't have to worry about your leashed dog overheating on a sunny July day, and he or she will love the opportunity to chomp on some snow. St. Mary's Glacier is located west of Idaho Springs, 9 miles above exit 238 off Interstate 70. Parking is $5 per vehicle. The rocky trail is less than a mile long.


Union Reservoir Dog Beach

The designated area is leash-free and allows access to the 736-acre reservoir near Longmont. So your pooch can swim and splash to its heart's content. In addition to the dog beach, owners can enjoy fishing, swimming and windsurfing. Dogs must be leashed in all other areas of the park.


Durango Dog Park

This leash-free, 5-acre space on the side of Smelter Mountain is adjacent to downtown. It is near a number of dog-friendly motels and the Animas River, where you can watch rafters while you stretch your legs after a long drive. The signs are small so don't be afraid to ask the locals how to get there.


Dunraven Trailhead

The 5.5-mile North Fork Trail hike in Roosevelt National Forest sits about 3 miles outside of Rocky Mountain National Park, where dogs are not allowed on trails. It follows a stream and features half a dozen crossings over plank or log footbridges, giving you and your leashed dog a chance to splash around and cool off.

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