Berkeley is tucked into Northwest Denver, close enough to downtown to be convenient for commuting, but far enough out to enjoy a taste of the nature that this area has to offer. Berkeley is a close-knit community and has a lot of its own charm with a street culture and 65 artisan-style businesses that give this community its own special flavor.
In addition to lots of local shops, there are plenty of retail establishments and eateries, including unique dining experiences. True to its unique form, the area also has some great specialty stores just for your pampered pup's refined tastes.
Denver climate makes walking easy from spring to fall with mostly dry days and temperatures that stay mainly at or below the mid-80s. Winters can get cold in the mile-high city, and snow is a part of Denver life, but you can still expect to be able to make use of the sidewalks for at least part of the winter season.
While most of Berkeley is primarily flat, the southeastern corner does have some gentle hills. These changes in elevation are nothing to worry about and won’t bother you or your dog, even if your pup is getting a bit elderly or is out of shape. In fact, these types of hills are perfect for improving fitness gently.
Wide concrete sidewalks with grassy shoulders are widely available throughout the neighborhood, which is good news in an area where shoulders are not common. While you enjoy the safety of walking off the road, your pup can enjoy exploring the grass and trees along your walking route.
A small word of caution: there is not a lot of shade on some of the streets and, on summer days, the dry air can fool you into thinking it is a lot more comfortable than it really is. Sidewalks start getting too hot for your pup’s feet when the air temperature is in the 70s, so be mindful.
Denver has a lot of recreational areas and Berkeley is no exception. With two lakes, there are plenty of places to go to get off the hot concrete and cool off a bit.
Rocky Mountain Lake Park has a walking path that circles the lake with plenty of grass to keep your dog’s feet off hot surfaces. Berkeley Lake on the other side of the neighborhood also has a path that goes around the entire lake and a dog park where you can let your pup off the leash and give them some much-needed running and socializing time.
If you are tired of walking around the lakes and want a change of pace, there is also a smallish park just north of I-70 that has a place to walk and some hills if you really want a workout. Inspiration Point Park is just a quiet place in midtown that many people bring their dogs to relax, exercise, or enjoy the fresh air.