Rollinsville is a rural city in Colorado, located about a hour’s drive west of Denver. Offering adventure seekers plenty to do, dog-friendly Rollinsville is nestled in the mountains between the towns of Nederland and Black Hawk. Although there are no veterinary clinics in Rollinsville, there are two in nearby Nederland to take care of Fido’s health needs.
Southeast of Rollinsville, the day explorer or experienced hiker will find the Golden Gate Canyon State Park. This 12,000-acre forest has miles of trails for pups of all skill levels. You can take a short stroll or bring a backpack for many days of adventure. There are also many stocked fishing ponds and picnic sites for summer fun, and you can participate in just about any winter sport you can think of. The panoramic overlooks to the Continental Divide are sure to amaze you both. Camping is tops in this park where you can pitch a tent with your pup, or rent a cabin, yurt or guest house.
Because Rollinsville lies in Colorado’s high country, extreme elevations require you and your pup to drink plenty of water. Also, remember to pack plenty of food when you are exploring the area, as there are no dog-friendly restaurants nearby.
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North of Rollinsville is the town of Nederland. Visit the Forsythe Canyon Trailhead known for its uncrowded hiking trails. Or head to Mudd Lake and take the easy-rated trails, where dogs, bikes and horses can all enjoy the day. These trails lead past a waterfall by the lake for a stunning view. For a more relaxing time, take pup to Chipeta Park where open fields are a great place to stretch your legs. This park has playsets, picnic areas, and restrooms. Keep your pup on leash and remember mutt mitts here. Hungry? Stop at the Happy Trail Restaurant, Pioneer Inn, or Salto Coffee where dog-friendly dining awaits.
The city of Black Hawk sits south of Rollinsville, and is famous for its gambling casinos. It also offers dog-friendly Mountain City Park where you and Fido can stroll amongst its historic Victorian buildings. The William C. Russel Park has a small fishing pond to throw in your line. Head to Pickle Gulch for a picnic or to build a campfire. Tent camping, volleyball courts and vault toilets are also on site. Be sure to bring water and clean up bags to Pickle Gulch. Keep your pawtastic friend on leash throughout these area parks, and remember to pack picnic lunches!
The Betasso Preserve awaits the pup adventurer! Nestled in the town of Wheelman, northeast of Rollinsville, you and your fur-ever friend will enjoy views of gorgeous mountain vistas. Betasso is known for being a hiker’s destination. Located in the foothills, it makes the perfect place for any fitness level. Try Bummers Rock Trail, with its .3-mile easy-rated trail hike, or Loop Link with its moderate terrain and just .8-mile length. For the more experienced climber, Canyon Loop is the place to be. At 3.3 miles, it will surely wear you both out. Remember to pack lots of water for all destinations.
The Coal Creek Canyon Park will keep any pup happy and in great health. Located in the town of Coal Creek, east of Rollinsville, there are 3,692 acres of open space to enjoy. Pup-friendly throughout, dogs are welcome on voice command. With lots of room to run and roam, this park is very scenic with rock outcroppings and steep slopes. Climbers flock here to test their skills on the rock faces. Pack lots of water and food, and remember to leave no trace when leaving Coal Creek Canyon - pack out what you pack in! Take a camera to remember this scenic day!