with over 35 miles of dog friendly trails!
Golden Gate Canyon State Park is located in Golden, CO and that’s right here in Hike Doggie’s backyard. Sure, we’re a little prejudiced, but there is no dispute that this protected land is one of the most spectacular areas in Colorado.
Just a short 30 miles from Denver, the State website describes the Park as having “more than 12,000 acres of dense forest, rocky peaks, and aspen-rimmed meadows laced with miles of trails awaiting the hiker, horseback rider, mountain biker and winter sports enthusiasts… .” In addition, “the property offers many amenities including electrical hook-ups and tent-sites, stocked fishing ponds, picnic sites and the Panorama Point Scenic Overlook, where visitors can see 100 miles of the Continental Divide.”
Most importantly, Golden Gate Canyon Park is extremely dog friendly, welcoming doggies (on a six-foot leash) to the campgrounds and all 12 hiking trails.
The trails offer a variety of difficulty levels and distances, from the quarter-mile Visitor Center Show Pond Trail rated “easy” to the “most difficult” Coyote Trail with “steep gains and loose rocks near the crest of Promontory Ridge.” Each trail is carefully described on the State’s website.
Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Frazer Meadow Hike – FREE
Saturday, June 17: 9:30 AM – 12:00 AM
Join guides John and Leslie for a 3.5-mile round trip hike (of course, leashed dogs are welcome) from Kriley Overlook to Frazer Meadow. The morning will include a little history about the earliest settlers in Golden Gate Canyon, a visit to the Frazer homestead, and interesting facts about the plants and flowers that dot the landscape.
This event is free to the public with a valid vehicle parks pass. Participants will meet at the Golden Gate Canyon State Park’s Blue Grouse Trailhead at the Kriley Overlook Parking Lot. Those interested in attending should RSVP at 303-582-3707. All ages are welcome.
If you have not been lucky enough to visit the Park, Frazer Meadow Hike is a wonderful introduction to the area. However, the Golden Gate Canyon Park is easy to navigate with good signage and an informative website for first-time visitors.
Breathtaking views guaranteed!