A tiny community of less than 150 people, Divide is a small, rural town in the middle of Colorado. Despite its small size, Divide actually has several amenities to offer dog parents: there are two dog-friendly restaurants in town and a dozen veterinarians available within a fifteen-minute drive.
Located in the heart of Divide, Mueller State Park is the town’s biggest amenity. Complete with hiking and camping, it’s a wonderful place to experience the outdoors. Just be aware that because the park is a Watchable Wildlife Area, dogs aren’t allowed on the trails. However, Fido is encouraged to join you in the picnic areas and along the developed road system throughout the park. Also, if you rent a campsite, your pup is welcome there, too!
One of the most popular pup-friendly places is just twelve miles outside of town in Woodland Parks, CO. Red Rocks is a beginner trail that’s dog-friendly and open year round. Over one hundred feet in elevation, this mile-long trail offers some of the best views available of Colorado’s famous red rock formations.
After a long day together, head on over to either Mike’s Corner BBQ for pulled pork and brisket or Russ’ Place for burgers and bar food. Regardless of your interests, don’t let Divide’s small size fool you -- you and Fido will always find something to do in this fun-loving community!
The Pike National Forest encompasses the whistle-stop that is Divide, Colorado. This vast national forest includes a 4-mile hike on the Crags Trail. This strenuous hike takes about 2.5 hours to walk. Dogs must be on-leash while on the trail. Dogs and humans that undertake this hike should be in good physical health. The trail is laced with pine needles, but the terrain itself is mountainous and at higher elevations. This is rugged country, so don't forget to bring along some water and snacks for you and your furry friend. There are no drive-through restaurants or handy restrooms, so bear that in mind when planning your trip. Snow occurs at higher elevations early in the season, and the trail can become impassable.
Colorado Springs is 20 miles southeast of Divide, but Bear Creek Dog Park is with the drive. This large dog park has an area for small dogs and one for larger ones. The dog park encompasses 25 acres, and includes places for humans to sit, water fountains, and restrooms. The park has agility equipment for training or just doggie amusement. A small creek lets dogs have a cool dip in the summer, and nothing is more fun than shaking off some water out of the fire on a hot day. The dog park provides poop bags, and the dog park stays clean because the human companions clean up promptly.
Cascade is 11 miles southeast of Divide. Waldo Canyon Loop Trail is a 7-mile trail off of U.S. 24 in the Pike National Forest. This is the pawfect place to embark on a long walk with your dog. The canyon has a striking pink color, and at the bottom of the canyon is a creek where a long hot walk can be rewarded by a dip in a cool mountain creek. This trail is an all-day excursion, and only fit dogs and humans should take on the hike. It is not a well-populated area, and good planning is essential before undertaking an arduous, though very beautiful, mountain adventure. Cell service in this region is spotty so it is a good idea to tell friends and family if you and your pup decide to walk it.
Manitou Springs is 20 miles south of Divide. The Garden of the Gods Park and Trading Post offer outdoor hiking trails and recreation, followed by some shopping for Native American goods and some touristy souvenirs from Colorado. The rock formations in the park are spectacular, and there are over 15 miles of hiking trails.The trading post sells Navajo rugs and jewelry. Dogs are welcome on-leash in the park and in the trading post. A cafe with outdoor seating makes it easy for a dog and person to get some chow before heading back to the safety of civilization.