Southmoor Park is a small and older neighborhood bordering Interstate 25. Originally part of the suburbs of Denver, the addition of the Denver Tech center has infused new life into this neighborhood. This community is full of neat, well-kept homes and is considered a safe place to live and walk.
Almost entirely residential, Southmoor has little in amenities and, due to the highways and interstates, most shopping will have to be done by car. Pet supplies are just minutes away, so if Max needs more grub or a new ball, you won’t have far to go.
Climate is amenable to walking with a dry, arid feel that leaves over 300 days a year perfect for a stroll around the block. The area does get snow, so there may be a few days where staying indoors is the best option. Summers are not overly hot, but don’t forget that hot sidewalks can make roadways unwalkable for your pup’s tender paws.
Southmoor Park is, overall, mostly flat. You might find a rolling hill here or there that is characteristic of the Denver area, but the few elevation changes there are tend to be extremely mild. Even beginning walkers will find that these mild hills will not be a barrier.
The one problem that the side streets of Southmoor Park do have is the lack of sidewalks. Some areas have tiny sidewalks that look more like concrete shoulders, but other areas have no space to walk off the road at all. Luckily, the neighborhoods are quiet, so just stay alert if you choose to walk on the street. The main roads do have sidewalks, so you can also choose to walk along these for the majority of your walking time.
Keep in mind that the side roads have little to no shade, which means that, during summer months, the roads are likely to be too hot for your pup’s paws.
One of the nicest things for dog walks in the Denver area is the abundance of parks and greenways. While Southmoor Park is not quite as blessed as some of the other neighborhoods in the area, it does have one small park, known as Jefferson Square Park, which offers some grass and a few trees. It might make a great place to take your pup when they just have to have a romp in the grass.
Just to the east, you will find several other parks including Southmoor Park, Rosamond Park, and Eastmoor Park. Rosamond Park is only a few blocks away and offers trails running through and along Goldsmith Gulch. These trails are paved, but the greenways that run along them more than make up for that. Rosamond Park is the perfect spot to head to for hot days with a creek to help you and your pup stay cool.