A former mining town and railroad stop, Adelaide has a rich history in central Colorado. Nowadays, though, Adelaide is a very small community with minimal dog-friendly amenities. If you can’t make it up to Colorado Springs for a few hours, dog parents and their fur babies will have better luck finding fun (and ten top-rated vet clinics) in nearby Cañon City -- a popular destination just outside of rustic Adelaide.
One of the most exciting aspects of living in Adelaide is its close proximity to the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. A scenic 33-mile drive to Cañon City will bring you to North America’s highest suspension bridge. (Hopefully you and Fido both love heights!) There is a $23 admission fee for adults, but this gives you and your pup all-day access to the suspension bridge, historical information, a ride on the gondola, and for kids, a fun scavenger hunt and carousel ride. Just keep your furry friend on a leash, and you’ll be good to go!
On your way back from your scenic day at the Royal Gorge, stop by Bunk House Burgers on the outskirts of Cañon City. This pup-friendly restaurant is a dog (and burger) lover’s paradise! Dogs are welcome in the outdoor patio, and if your pooch is acting pawesome, your server might just bring out a patty and a bowl of ice water for your furry friend to enjoy free of charge.
Although Adelaide is a small town, it’s certainly not too far from the many dog-friendly activities central Colorado has to offer!
Arkansas Riverwalk Dog Park offers a place for both roguish mutts and agility maestroes. This large, fenced in area offers off-leash adventures, giving big and small dogs the chance to stretch their paws. However, if you’re looking to do a little bit of training, there is a separate area with agility equipment. There, you can train your pup to be the best of the best, all the while meeting fellow dog lovers from the local area. With plenty of benches for the owners, and plenty of space for the park, Arkansas Riverwalk Dog Park is a fur-tastic park to visit!
Want something a little more exciting than an open field, a dog run, or public park? Then bring your furry friend along to the Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad. Leashed pups are welcome to visit the station platform for no additional fee, and experience history firsthand right at your side. Gaze out at the beautiful scenery of this historical gold mine while riding alongside your best friend in a fully-functional steam train. Feel the wind in your fur as you travel back in time -- Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad will definitely give you a day to remember!
All you need in this neighborhood is yourself, your dog, a ball, and some distance. And for that, there is Cheyenne Meadows Dog Park. This no-frills dog park lets your dog off the leash in a safe, open environment. The surrounding locals are welcoming to regulars and new dog owners, and the fence allows you to play with your pup in safety. Not only that, but local volunteers help to keep the park well-maintained -- a pawfect spot for a game of fetch. If a little bit of peace is what you are missing, then Cheyenne Meadows Dog Park is definitely what you need.
Stratton Open Space is exactly what it says on the tin. Leashed dogs are welcome to walk alongside their owners in this gorgeous open place. Lose yourself along the winding maze of trails, leading all over the park’s grounds, with about as many natural terrains you can get. Hills. Forest hikes. A walk along the reservoir. All along this destination are stunning views, pawfect for a family picnic or just a chance to connect with your favorite furry friend. With plenty of human amenities too, Stratton Open Space is, without a doubt, one location that you can lose hours within.
Seven Falls is the first stop for any nature loving dog owner. Bring your dog to explore the huge series of waterfalls located in the stunning box canyon -- or to walk along the weaving hiking trails that take you through woodland, into a grassy plain beyond. Restaurants and picnic tables provide pawfect rest stops as you take the journey of a lifetime, catching glimpses of wildlife at each turn. With breathtaking views around every corner, and a chance to walk hand-in-hand with nature, this is one place that will leave you and your pup thinking one thing -- BOW-WOW!