Though Colorado is consistently included amongst the most dog-friendly states in the country, there are still many places in and around the Mile High City where your furry friends are not welcome. And whether you’re heading out to hang with friends or setting off for a night on the town with that special someone, there is nothing worse than having to leave Fido at home.
Those big eyes. That wagging tail. The expectation and excitement. Then the crushing disappointment and the guilt. Oh, the guilt. It cuts to the core, seeing that little face gazing longingly through the window as you pull away. It’s simply too much for any dog lover to handle.
Fortunately, there are a number of pet-friendly purveyors in Colorado who understand that life is always a little more fun when your four-legged friend can tag along. Here are a few of our favorites.
For the high-energy adventure hound
- Cherry Creek Marina: From canoes to speed boats to pontoons, Pelican Bay at Cherry Creek offers marine rentals for every activity level. Fish, water ski, tube, or just hang out and show your pup how to live that lake lifestyle.
- Monarch Crest Scenic Tramway: Climbing from Monarch Pass, the gondola takes you to an elevation of 12,012 ft and drops you atop the Continental Divide. From there, explore the many dog-friendly hiking trails for some exhilarating exercise and breathtaking panoramic views.
- Union Reservoir: Start practicing your doggy paddle and head to Union Reservoir to hit the beach. As one of only a small handful of natural lakes in Colorado, this 736 acre body of water offers a dog training area on the south shore, as well as an off-leash beach for running, swimming, and Instagrammable sunset shots of that adorable fur face.
For the laid-back pooch
- 88 Drive-In Theatre: Catch a flick at the last remaining original drive-in theatre in the Denver metro area. Open seasonally, the drive-in shows three films a night and features a well-stocked snack bar. Just be sure to bring enough Milk-Bones to last through each feature.
- File-n-Style Nail Salon and Boutique: Choose from a variety of beauty treatments, all of which can be enjoyed while your dog sits at your newly pedicured feet. The salon has water bowls and treats for your pup, but you’ll probably have to do the painting yourself if you want matching manicures.
For chow time
- WoofAlong: From fast food to fine dining, WoofAlong features an exhaustive list of over 300 dog-friendly restaurants and breweries all across Colorado. The hardest part will most certainly be choosing just one.
For the dog tired
- Hotel Teatro: Not only do dogs receive complimentary accommodations in Hotel Teatro’s guest rooms (with their owners stay, of course), but there are additional packages available if you want to truly pamper your pup. From the “pawdicure” to certified canine massage, the hotel offers an impressive number of therapeutic services for your canine companions.
- Hotel Monaco: Book your stay without worrying about size, weight restrictions, or extra charges for your pet. Along with food and water bowls, and a dog bed placed in your room, Hotel Monaco thoughtfully provides a map featuring great Denver walks. They also offer the option for the Pampered Paws Pet Package, which includes deluxe accommodations, a luxurious bath and FURminator treatment at Dog Savvy—a doggie boutique and spa located in downtown Denver—and much more.
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