It is a little less than 30 miles to get to Beaver Brook Trail, but if you are looking to get a sense of adventure while you exercise, this is the place to bring your dog. It is a little bit of a difficult trail with lots of rocky spaces, but it is well worth it when you look up and see the beautiful mountains. It is never very crowded, but there are a few other dogs moving about. While you are here, you may want to keep your dogs on their leashes for their own safety, of course.
Chatfield State Park Off-Leash Dog Area is 5 miles from Southglenn, and it is more than worth the drive. First, it is an off-leash area, so you can let your dog run free and play. There are two large swimming ponds with multiple access points for Fido to get your paws wet. Your dog can walk with you along the trails that are paved, too. You will find watering stations, cleaning stations, and plenty of places to sit under the shade of a tree. Fido will meet lots of new fur friends to play with! Once you come, you will want to come back.
If you go just 12 miles from Southglenn, you will come to Lowry Dog Park. This is a fenced in dog park that is all wide open space. You can play fetch with one of the many balls on the property, or bring Fido’s own toys to share with his new fur friends. This park is right next to the Air Force base, so you may even get the opportunity to see the planes land and take off. The downside is that there are no water lines, so you will need to bring your own water for you and your dog.
If you are up for a drive -- just fifteen miles, so it’s hardly a road trip! -- you could check out Cherry Creek State Park Off-Leash Dog Area. It encompasses a huge 100-acre area, as well as trails for you to hike and explore -- all while Fido’s is off his leash! There’s a creek for Fido to splash around in if he gets too hot while he’s playing. If the saying, “A park is only as good as its environment,” has any truth to it, then you will love how magical this one is. It takes nature and makes it fur-friendly so that you can explore safely!
Fifteen miles away from Southglen, you will find Forsberg-Iron Spring Dog Park. It has two separate dog areas for Fido to play in. One has a little bit more terrain and can be harder to run in. The other is a nice, flat, open space that is pawfect to play fetch in. There are water stations that are open in the summer, but you’ll need to bring your own water in the winter. The sitting area is in just the right place, so you can keep a close eye on Fido while he romps and runs with his new friends. Bring a book and make a day of it!