If you and your pooch are looking to make some new friends, plan a day-trip to Bear Creek Dog Park. Located on 21st Street, this busy dog park is a fun and easy way to meet new people and pups. Bear Creek Dog Park has two completely fenced-in areas – one for small dogs (classified as 25 pounds and lighter) and one for dogs of any size. The area for all dogs is a large, open space complete with a tranquil creek, winding pathways, plenty of restrooms and trash cans, and a water spigot. Bear Creek Dog Park is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. year-round has no admission fee.
If your dog isn’t spayed or neutered, this next park isn’t for you. Rampart Dog Park on Lexington Drive is a large, completely fenced-in space for dogs to run about – as long as they’re fixed. Signs are posted along the fence posts strictly forbidding sexually-intact dogs. For dogs who are spayed/neutered, there’s much to enjoy, such as mulch hills, sand, and water spigots.
Are you and your pup tired of the same old walks? Shake things up a bit by hiking The Crags Trail. The Crags Trail is a four-mile long trail in Pike National Forest exclusively for hikers and horseback riders. Be sure to keep some hours in your day free of any other commitments because it will take at least a solid 2.5 hours to complete the entire hike. To ensure a comfortable hike, The Crags Trail is padded with evergreen needles. Your dog is more than welcome to hike with you as long as he is on his leash at all times.
The heart of Colorado Springs is definitely a place for pups. Old Colorado Springs has some barktastic spots to take your dog to for guaranteed fun. Red Rock Canyon Open Space has plenty of trails to keep the whole family happy, especially the four-legged members. Dogs are welcome on-leash on any of the scenic trails and may run free on either of the designated dog loops. These areas are kept in good condition but are not fenced in. Bear Creek Dog Park, also located in Old Colorado City is basically doggy heaven on Earth. This fully fenced in park features a creek, a watering station, pathways and even an agility park! Got a mini-pup? No worries! There is a special section for dogs under 25 lbs. Restrooms are on site, so you can stay and play for hours if you'd like! Old Colorado City has lots to keep you and your pooch outside and having fun.