Activities For Dogs In Rocky Mountain National Park

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Introduction

You have been awaiting the day when you’re finally going to step out of the house with a leash in your hand, your feet in your Caterpillars, your car or minivan filled with camping gear and sweaters, and head towards the 3000 miles long mountainous giant – The Rockies! And be sure that you, and your dog are going to have the time of your life surrounded by nature so amazing you’ll never want to return back to the city.

Lake Hike

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
4 - 6 Hours
Items needed
digital camera
water
food
ball
frisbee
Activity description

Once you finally arrive and settle yourself in a charming cabin, resist the urge to visit the quaint cafes to drink a cup of hot chocolate – you can treat yourself to that after you have filled yours and your dog’s lungs with refreshing mountain air! Put on your warm clothes and go for a hike towards the peaks and the mesmerizing mountain lakes. We guarantee that you will feel as if you were Frodo, and your faithful canine Sam will surely roam the tortuous trails in utter ecstasy. These trails are known for sightings of moose and for grand meadows, and to name just a few of these lakes, you have Parika, Bowen, Verna, Nanita, Lake of the Clouds (what an amazing name, right?!) and many, many more. This is a great introduction to your trip as you only need a bottle of water, some food to replenish your energy, and a good digital camera to capture the amazing vistas. 

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The climb
Even if your dog is dragging along due to old age, this climb will do them good in so many ways. Think about it: besides the abundance of fresh air, butterflies, chirps and flutters will make this walk a fascinating natural symphony that will nourish your senses and awaken your primal instincts - but in a good way, of course!
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The lake
When you finally reach the cirque or locate the hidden lake in the middle of the forest, it’s time to use the terrain to the fullest. Grab a nearby stick or a Frisbee and immerse yourself into the age-old activity of playing fetch. However cliché this may sound to you while you’re reading this on your smart phone, you will realize that the Rocky Mountains are, without a doubt, the place to play fetch. Feel free to throw the ball in the lake if your dog likes chilly water. Go ahead, join your doggo and throw yourself in the water too!
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The return
Once the sun starts to fade and your stomachs begin to grumble, it’s time to head back. Be sure to observe the Technicolor fireworks show that the last sun rays bestow upon the cliffs, the tree bark, and your doggy’s shiny fur coat. You’ve deserved a nice rest, a bath, and a great feast.
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Rafting

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3 - 4 Hours
Items needed
kayak
paddle
life jackets
leash
Activity description

This activity is designed for the truly free-spirited, disciplined, and courageous dogs and dog owners. There is not an age limit, of course, but you have to take some steps beforehand in order to avoid all possible dangers and accidents. Therefore, precursory training and adapting is recommended, but there’s no reason not to try out you and your dog’s bravado for the first time, right here, at the Rocky Mountains. The Estes Park kayak course is notable for its easy flowing water, making this lake ideal for first-time dog-kayaking. Be sure to explore the best ways to make your dog safe, fed and comfortable and embark on your splashy ride!

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Pick a boat
You will be surprised at the variety of boats you get to choose from – canoes, kayaks specialized for lakes, stand up paddle boards, motorized boats, pontoon boats, paddle boats – you name it. Keep in mind the needs of your pooch – the boat of choice should have both something resembling a deck for your dog to stand on, and a space for them to rest if you plan on spending the whole day afloat. Besides these factors, be wary of your dog’s weight and size - you do not want to capsize because of poor balance.
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Sail away!
Anchors up! You are ready for your aquatic-canine-mountain-paddle-sport adventure! Kayaking will surely blow you away as you’ll be able to experience the Rocky Mountains from a completely different perspective. But don’t get sucked into the amazing wilderness that is rushing before your eyes – you still need to be attentive and cautious because your dog will probably be either scared or ready to splash, twist and turn in the water eddies.
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Animal Spotting

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Sunny Day
Moderate
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4 - 6 Hours
Items needed
digital camera
binoculars
leash
frisbee
Activity description

If you’re tired of aimless hiking, skiing or your cabin interior, or you feel guilty for neglecting your dog after noticing they are getting chubbier by the minute, then snap out of it. Take your favorite animal and get out in the wilderness and pursue their relatives – it will be a fun activity, plus you have your pooch's six extraordinary senses to help you find animals you have previously seen only in encyclopedias. Of course, keep a distance, and if a close encounter does happen, be sure to put your dog on a leash as they will probably go berserk. Also, feeding the animals in the national park is forbidden. Besides, you should give all of your extra food exclusively to your doggo.

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Focus
While making necessary preparations, devise a plan for your walk. Do you want to go birding, or ‘mammaling’? Pick out a trail that suits your needs. We recommend Coyote Valley - especially if you’re a fan of the moose (but be sure to search for moose in the early morning or evening hours), Deer Mountain (the name says it all), and one of Rockies’ most famous trails, the Bear Lake Loop Trail.
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Picnic

Just like Little Red Riding Hood, bring your treats, fill the basket, and occupy one of the thousand of picnic tables that are dispersed throughout the national park. Your doggo can play the role of the big bad wolf and eat a delicious non-grandma snack

Marshmallows

Take a break from the infinite hiking activities and rest by the bonfire. Be sure not to feed your dog too much – dogs can eat only a small amount of marshmallows! Roast 'em, cook 'em, have fun with 'em (marshmallows, not dogs - marshmallow=food, dog=friend)!

Conclusion

If you have the slightest penchant for nature and adventure, you and your dog are bound to have a whale of a time in the Rockies as its beauty and vastness offer opportunities for excitement every step of the way. Ultimately, if you get tired of climbing, running around and hiking, you can simply sit down, breathe in, hug your dog at the foot of the mountain and gaze at the peaks of the mighty Rocky Mountains. And what better way to spend a day in a picturesque setting than with your most favorite person in the world - your beautiful, majestic, fabulous doggo!