Exploring the Dog Parks & Trails
around the metro area
From time to time throughout the warmer months, we will be blogging about the best dog parks and hiking trails in the metro area — pet friendly places to take doggie for that weekend hike; to cool off under the trees or in the lake; to get some exercise; and to socialize with the peeps. In other words, we’ll do the homework so you can decide if you’re up for the adventure. And if you have a comment, a tip or a review, we would love for you to add your words of wisdom in the comments section.
Our hope is to provide readers with inspiration to get doggie out and about. Whether with their masters or on a Hike Doggie excursion with trained handlers, doggies get both mental and physical benefits from exercise, especially in new surroundings — and that’s the goal!
Although Red Rocks Park is located near the town of Morrison in Jefferson County, it is owned and maintained by the city of Denver as part of the Denver Mountain Parks system. It is best known throughout the world for its Red Rocks Amphitheater which has hosted major entertainment stars and concerts, but the actual 738-acre site is also a favorite place for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy the Park’s massive red sandstone outcrops and open land where wildflowers and wildlife share the environment.
Trails open one hour before sunrise and close one hour after sunset.
Red Rocks Park features great hiking trails, two of which are completely contained within the Park and are limited to pedestrians and leashed pets.
- The Trading Post Trail is 1.4 miles in length, and winds through the awesome rock formations, valleys and a natural meadow. It is 6,280 feet above sea level and most of the way, the trail is less than 30 inches wide. Some of the terrain is rough, so hiking boots/ shoes are recommended and hikers should be prepared for adverse weather conditions as the weather can change very quickly.
- The Geologic Overlook Trail is a short, moderate trail with breathtaking views.
A third trail — The Red Rocks Trail — runs through the east side of the Red Rocks Park and is a multi-use trail for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. This is a 6 mile loop trail that extends into Matthews/Winters Park.
IMPORTANT PARK RULES:
Pets are welcome during non-event hours.
By law, you are required to leash and clean up after your pet.
Hikers are asked to stay away from wildlife for the safety of everyone.
Admission to the Park is FREE.
Hikers are reminded that there is little shade on the trails and that adequate hydration is important.
Further information and complete Park Rules can be found here.