Highland is one of the go-to neighborhoods in Denver, not just for the residents, but for visitors from all around the area. What makes Highland so special is its street culture, gardens and parks, and the wide array of eateries and local businesses that give it it’s unique flavor. You won’t have any trouble finding a bite to eat or things to see or do, even with Spot in tow.
Situated just outside of Denver along the right, this area is truly multi-use with single and multi-family housing and plenty of retail. There are plenty of places within walking distance to take your pet for a new toy or their favorite treats and vets are just as convenient in this busy neighborhood.
Denver climate is made for the outdoorsy types like walkers, at least from spring through fall. It is dry here with not a lot of rainy days and temperatures stay fair. Winters can be cold and snow is a very real possibility.
None of the hills in Denver are anything to worry about, but the small hills are ideal for walkers. They are not an impediment for walkers who have no interest in exercise, but only in taking a stroll with their pup for a change of scenery and fresh air.
For those who like to combine their dog’s outings with their exercise, the hills provide an opportunity to improve your cardio health at a pace that feels comfortable for you. The area is fairly urban, even in the residential districts, so it is recommended that you stick to areas with sidewalks.
This neighborhood is very popular with the locals, so it can get crowded. Some of the streets do have shoulders with some greenery for your pup, but if you are counting on a few places for them to explore, it is a good idea to search out some of the greenways in the area which offer much more.
The city of Cuernavaca Park, the Commons Park, and Confluence Park all run in succession along the South Platte River. All of these parks have ample walking trails and are within walking distance of much of the Highlands. These are urban parks, but there is ample grass and a few trees that make for a much-needed respite from city life for your dog. The riverfront parks also feature nice shady spots with benches which makes taking breaks during the summer a pleasure.
Just to the east of Commons Park, there is also a small dog park that allows your dog to spend time with other four-legged friends. There are also a few small parks in Highlands that might be closer to your walking routes.
Further north and still along the riverfront, there is another cluster of parks that also offer great places to seek refuge from the city and the heat.