It's estimated that there are more than 50,000 dogs in Aurora, Colorado so you know there have to be plenty of great things to do in town. In fact, you can find dog-friendly hiking, parks, restaurants, hotels, and much more. If you are interested in hiking you can check out Sand Creek Greenway, which has 14 miles of linked trails along the High Line Canal and the South Platte River. On the trail, you will see plenty of wildlife, mountains, and there are also several nature centers with picnic areas, restrooms, and historical information available. Keep an eye out for black bears, mountain lions, deer, hawks, and even a black-footed ferret or two.
If you would rather watch Fido play, try Grandview Dog Park on East Quincy Avenue. Grandview has about six acres of fenced area to play in with separate areas for small and large dogs, an agility course, two ponds, doggy bags, benches, and drinking water. The people there are really nice and it is always fun to meet new dogs and dog lovers.
When you get hungry, check out Chipotle Mexican Grill on South Buckley Road where you can make your own burritos or tacos. They offer about twenty different meats, beans, vegetables, and rice as well as different kinds of sauce to top them with. If your furbaby does not like Mexican food you can just get him a bowl of steak or chicken. Then you can rest at one of the dog-friendly hotels, such as La Quinta Inn, Aloft, or Quality Inn. Enjoy your stay in Aurora.
Cherry Creek State Park is an off-leash dog park located in Aurora, CO. Boasting over 100 acres of fenced-in area for your fur baby to roam free, this park is a must-see. If your dog doesn’t like the hustle and bustle of a crowded park, then before or after work are the times to visit, as the weekends are often brimming with people and pets. But if this is what your pup wants, then head on over to socialize with the others enjoying the open space and pup-tastic Colorado weather! Keep your dogs within eyesight at all times and under voice control to make the experience as pawfect as possible. Please remember to take a leash and clean up after your dogs.
First Creek Farm Small Dog Park is the pawfect place to bring your small fur babies. Situated in a convenient location, this park allows you and your pooch a chance to get in a quick workout at the end of the day. First Creek Farm Small Dog Park is the best place for the smallest of the small breeds that are often frightened or injured by larger dog breeds. Take your fur baby here knowing that they will have a pup-tastic time with any other small dogs present. Keep your petiquette in check and clean up after your dog so that everyone can enjoy the park. Make sure to take some water with you to get the most out of your time at the park.
The Chatfield’s Off-Leash Dog Area is full of over 69 acres of pup-tacular fun! Located approximately 30 minutes from Aurora, Chatfield Park is sure to give your four-legged pal some much-needed fresh air. If you decide that this is the place for you then you will need to grab yourself a valid DOLA (Dog Off-Leash Area) daily $2 pass or an annual $20 pass. Head on over to the Entrance Station or Park Office to pick up a pass. When arriving and exiting the park, remember to keep the leash attached until you’ve made it to the fenced-in area to keep the other park patrons safe. Take some water and waste bags with you to keep your pup happy and the parklands clean.
Forsberg-Iron Spring Dog Park, part of the William F. Hayden Green Mountain Park, is a spacious fenced-in area for your pup to frolic. The park is located approximately 30 minutes from Aurora. With two separate areas that allow for a little quieter activity, this park is the pawfect mix of frivolity and fun. The off-leash dog park is more dirt than grass so check the weather before heading out in the rain! However, both you and your fur-baby will love the breathtaking vista the park has to offer. At the bottom of the hill lies a small obstacle course for your pup’s enjoyment or perhaps a little training. Like with all parks, help to keep them clean by picking up after your four-legged friend. Petiquette goes a long way to helping everyone have a great time!
Stapleton Dog Park is a large sandy area for dogs of all sizes to roam. With only one fenced-in area, your smaller pups are going to be socializing with dogs of all shapes and sizes, so if your pooch is a little shy then this may not be the place for you. If this is the case, then perhaps a leashed walk around one of the grassy areas is more for you. Be sure to keep your fur-babies safe and in-check so that everyone can enjoy their time at the park. Open from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m., this park is pawfect for an after-work exercise session for your precious pooch.