Situated in the southern suburbs of Denver and just to the north of a large state park, the neighborhood of Hampden has a lot to offer for dog walkers. Filled with older homes, this large community offers quiet streets in the interior of the neighborhood with plenty of commerce just at the edges. While some find this heavy retail detracting and hard to navigate for the average walker, there is plenty of room to roam while keeping amenities easy to reach.
There are pet stores and vets scattered all along the commercial corridor that surrounds this community, so your faithful Fido will want for nothing.
The climate in Denver is mostly arid and is dry for approximately 320 days of the year. The only caveat to that is that Denver does get 62 inches of snow a year. If your neighborhood is good about clearing the sidewalks, then you can expect plenty of great walking year round!
The terrain through Hampden could be best described as rolling. The inclines are very minor, but they are there. They should not pose much difficulty when walking. In fact, if you are hoping to shape up a bit while walking Fido, you may find that the terrain here is perfect for that.
Many of the neighborhood streets lack sidewalks or actual shoulders, so walking would likely need to be done on the streets themselves. The neighborhood is quiet and safe, so this should not be much of a concern. Some of the large streets do have sidewalks and generous shoulders with lots of green grass, so if walking in your neighborhood does not appeal to you, head for one of these main roads that crisscross throughout.
One word of caution is that it can get hot during the summer months in Denver and there is little shade along any of the roads. Watch for hot sidewalks!
Hampden residents are fortunate to have plenty of alternatives to walking on concrete in their neighborhood. There are three large parks in the interior of the neighborhood you can head to as well as a very large state park just outside the boundaries of your community. The parks have lots of trails with generous greenways surrounding them.
Hampden Heights Park has extensive greenways as well as trails which connect to the Cherry Creek Trail, the Colorado Front Range Trail, and Hentzell Park to the east. This park has 71 acres full of paths wandering through prairie with lots of native grasses and wildflowers.
To the west part of Hampden is James A. Bible Park which has jogging trails and plenty of greenways surrounding them. Also of note at the southeast corner is Cherry Creek State Park, a large recreation area with lots of trails, some challenging hiking, and an off-leash area where Fido can run and play!