Washington Virginia Vale has a long history going back to being a stagecoach stop in 1858. The little house that was the station is Denver’s oldest remaining building and is now part of a park and museum. Once the last stop along the Cherokee mile, the area is now noted as being southeast Denver’s oldest neighborhood.
Highway 83 that runs through Washington Virginia Vale has several pet stores and grooming shops as well as a vet or two. There are also plenty of restaurants and grocery stores offering just about anything you could possibly want.
The climate in Denver is desert arid with only 8-11 inches of precipitation per year. The area can have snow storms which might keep you indoors, but most of the year, you can walk without having to worry about getting wet. Summers are not overly hot, but keep in mind that it does not take much sun beating down on the sidewalks or roads to make them dangerous to your pet’s feet.
While the terrain through Washington Virginia Vale is pretty tame with more flat areas than hilly, there are a few hills scattered throughout the neighborhood that you might want to keep an eye on. None of the hills are overwhelming and most people will find them to be no problem, but if you are a beginner at walking, your dog is out of shape or elderly, or you just are not interested in walking for any other reason than fresh air, then you would do well to be aware of the hills in the area.
The sidewalks through this neighborhood are very narrow and look more like parts of the shoulder than places to walk, but there are places to stroll off the road through most of the neighborhood. Shade is not widely available which is important in the summers when the roads are hot.
There are two parks in Washington Virginia Vale including a smaller park in the southeast area of the neighborhood called Frances Wisebart Jacobs Park and a larger park along Cherry Creek called Garland Park.
Garland Park has several things to offer for would-be walkers and their pups. There is a lake here called Lollipop Lake and several trails that run through. These trails hook up with the rest of the trail system, allowing you access to walking alongside Cherry Creek and visiting some of the other greenways along the way.
City of Potenza Park, Cook Park, City of Brest Park, and City of Takayama Park are just a few of the parks along the Cherry Creek Trail. The trails are a great place to take your pup walking simply because it allows them access to the greenway which is a much happier and safer place for your favorite canine to wander.