Picture a quaint mountain community complete with dirt roads, log cabins, a two-room schoolhouse, an old-fashioned general store, and a population of less than 300. If that sounds like your idea of paradise, you’ll want to add Gold Hill, CO to your must-see list!
Gold Hill is so named because it was the first major site where gold was discovered during the Colorado Gold Rush of the mid-19th century. It’s also home to the oldest operating public school in the state -- Gold Hill School -- which has been an institution of learning since 1873.
If you’re used to big-city amenities like dog parks and dog-friendly restaurants, we’ve got some bad news -- you won’t find any of those here. What you will find, though, is something even better. Gold Hill is almost entirely surrounded by mountainous nature preserves! Gold Hill sits in the shadow of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, where you’ll find plenty of campgrounds, hiking trails, and outdoor activities to make you and your pooch feel like Indiana Bones!
If all that country livin’ has you and your Fido going a little stir crazy, never fear -- Gold Hill is just a short drive from Boulder, where you’ll find all the mod cons you need, including vet clinics, pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, dog parks, and much more!
North Boulder in Boulder, Colorado is 12.3 miles from Gold Hill. This area is the home of an off-leash dog park known as Foothills Community Dog Park. Here, your dog will have plenty of room to exercise, socialize, or even take a leisurely stroll with you on one of the walking paths. And, the park even has two separate areas for small and large breeds for safety. North Boulder also offers some dog-friendly restaurants for owners and their pooches to dine together. Restaurant 4580 is one of your options. This spot is nestled in the foothills with some beautiful scenery, and has everything from burgers to steak and a variety of foods in between.
Just a couple of minutes east of Central Boulder is the East Central neighborhood of the same city. The Howard Heuston Off Leash Dog Area makes its home here in the Howard Heuston Park. The area is marked off with poles but isn’t fenced, so make sure your pup has good listening and obedience skills. East Central Boulder also has a PetSmart training location that can help puppies and adults alike learn to socialize, obey commands, and communicate with their owners. For an evening out with your furry friend, head to Pekoe Sip House for coffees, pastries, and paw-friendly tables.
About 11.3 miles from Gold Hill is Chautauqua, another Boulder neighborhood that sits on the southern end of the University of Colorado Boulder area. Chautauqua is a rural area that houses the beautiful Chautauqua Park, where you can catch some of the most breathtaking views in Colorado. Here, your pup is welcome to join you on his leash as you walk, hike, jog, or simply sit down for a picnic in the park. The Royal Arch Trail can take you and Fido on another outdoor adventure here, providing over three miles of hiking trail that brings you to a mountain peak that offers views you won’t soon forget.