Hike with your dog and take the test. Does your dog enjoy the adventure? Does he seem to be stimulated by the new sights and sounds and smells? Is he energized? Curious? And… when you return home, is he content and relaxed?
Dogs, like people, are at their best when they maintain a regular mental and physical exercise regimen. And we know that first hand because when we take our client doggies out for their hikes, they exhibit happiness from pick-up to the end of the trail. Here’s a brief description of one of our favorite Hike Doggie destinations.
Boulder’s Chautauqua Park is a great place to hike with your dog. Sitting at the foot of Flagstaff Mountain, it is home to thousands of beautiful native plants and wildlife in their natural habitat and the trails wind through unique geologic features and greenways. Since the 80 acre land parcel was purchased by the City of Boulder in 1898, the Meadow has served as a cattle pasture, a golf course, the site of the Civilian Conservation Corps barracks, and a ski area complete with tow rope before it was protected as a natural grassland. Today, it is a part of Boulder’s extensive Open Space & Mountain Parks (OSMP).
Chautauqua is located on the south side of Baseline Road just west of Ninth Street.
OSMP makes it easy to prepare for your adventure.
The Ranger Cottage at Chautauqua Park is a great place to start your visit. The cottage is home to a small informative nature center where you’ll find friendly and knowledgeable OSMP staff. Here is also where you will find free maps, brochures, hiking suggestions, and the latest information about weather, trail conditions and wildlife closures.
General Chautauqua information — from parking to trail info — can be found here.
Chautauqua features a truly beautiful environment. However, there are rules to protect the property, its inhabitants and all the two-legged and four-legged guests who visit.
- In some areas, dogs must be leashed. In other areas, dogs may be allowed off-leash if they wear a voice and sight tag and are under voice and sight control. Find area specifics here.
- Dogs must not be aggressive towards other people or dogs. It is illegal for dogs to chase or disturb wildlife or livestock.
- You must pick up after your dog on OSMP land. Don’t leave it by the trail to be picked up later. OSMP is participating in a dog waste composting program at several trailheads and access points.
Happiness shows! If you find that your dog loves a good hike, we hope you’ll check out our Hike Doggie services. We’d love to hike with your dog
and enhance his regular (or not so regular) exercise adventure.