Well-known for its annual and infamous tomato-throwing contest -- which literally paints some parts of the town red! -- Brighton is a northeastern suburb of Denver nestled on the banks of the South Platte River. This charming city balances a rich cultural heritage with the cozy, close-knit atmosphere of a small town. You will love the dog-friendly attitude of the city center and the warm embrace of the city's pet-friendly hotels, dog park, and three veterinary hospitals.
If you don't have a yard where you can exercise and play with your pup, head to Happy Tails Dog Park, located in the southeastern corner of the city. You will meet plenty of locals here, so get your pooch off their leash and prepare to socialize a lot. The dog park features a large grassy, fenced area to have enjoy some pawesome off-leash playtime meeting old friends or making new ones!
Although Brighton has a few pet-friendly places and spaces of its own, you can find more just a short drive away in neighboring towns.
Thornton is one of the big cities on the way to Denver from Brighton, and it has a number of pet-friendly places spread all over the area. If you want to stretch your legs before getting back on the road to the big city, turn north on Holly Street to find Trail Winds Park and Open Space. This is a public park with a special designated area for pups to play off-leash. The dog park is adjacent to a skate park and a soccer field, and features walking trails, two separate sections for small and large breeds, drinking water spigots, and seating. There's also plenty of shade and grass, as well as a separate parking lot for the dog park.
If you're travelling along Irma Drive through Northglenn and need to find a place to stop for a walk or quick rest, pull over at Jaycee Park, which is home to Bill Goodspeed Happy Tails Dog Park. This is a roomy, grassy area for pups to play off-leash in a safe, designated spot. You will find two separate sections for small and large breeds, seating, shade, drinking water facilities, and lights for late-night visitors! On your way back, do check out The Glenn, a pub with a dog-friendly patio, delicious dishes, and tasty craft brews. This is a furrific place to enjoy some grub and the company of your canine companion!
The extensive neighborhood of North Westminster occupies a significant part of the city, and features different places to have fun with Fido and play off-leash! Explore Big Dry Creek Park, which boasts a fenced dog-friendly extension with grass, drinking water and seating for humans. If you want to enjoy a great feast with your pooch, head south to West 120th Avenue, which is full of dog-friendly places. You'll definitely want to stop by Babajoon’s Kabobs and More, which serves up mouthwatering meals to diners with dogs at the outdoor tables. The fur-iendly staff will even give your dog his very own water bowl!
Broomfield is well-known for its green and leafy recreation areas, which are always a welcome sight on a hot day! If you follow Midway Boulevard from Westminster, you'll find the beautiful area of the Broomfield Commons Open Space in no time. Including a sports field, a community park, and a dog park, this is a great place to bring Fido for a good run! The dog park features a designated fenced-in area with plenty of space to go wild and burn some energy. You will also find plenty of shade and seating, but make sure to bring some drinking water with you.
The northern part of Lafayette, off Baseline Road, is almost entirely occupied by three large recreation areas – Josephine Roche Open Space, Rothman Park, and Lafayette Great Park. Leashed dogs are welcome in all three, but our favorite is Lafayette Great Park. Can you guess why? Because it has its very own dog park, of course! The Great Bark Dog Park features approximately 6 acres of space for off-leash play and socialization, as well as a separate section for small breeds to run and romp. Benches are available for humans, but there are no drinking water facilities, so please bring your own.