El Jebel is an unincorporated community is Eagle County. Nestled in the Roaring Fork Valley, this town’s unique name means “the mountain” in Arabic. In the late 1800s, Henry B. Gillespie, an Aspen mining tycoon, owned a large ranch in the area with the same name. He got the name from the Denver based El Jebel Masonic Temple he helped form in 1888. Years later, the town is mostly comprised of residential subdivisions. Although it does not have any veterinary clinics of its own, canine care is just down the road in nearby Basalt.
Crown Mountain Park is El Jebel’s only park. It has everything your pooch is looking for in a park, plus it sits at the base of some beautiful mountains. With 124 acres to explore, it will keep your pooch coming back for more. There are a few paved paths, but the main walkway circles the massive recreation area and clocks in at a mile. Let your pup’s sniffer be the guide as you wander around the wide open lawn area. You’ll also find sport courts, ball fields, and playgrounds. But above all else, this park has a pawsome off leash area! With separate sections for large and small dogs, it is the perfect place to let your pal burn some energy.
With such an amazing park, your pooch won’t want to leave El Jebel!
Basalt is El Jebel’s neighbor to the south, and boy, does it have some pawsome trails! The town is actually separated into two parcels and resides in two counties. So it’s a good thing the Downtown Basalt-Willits Trail connects the two areas. Leash up your pup and follow the 3.8 mile trail so your pal cannot only get a great workout, but also see the whole city. Parts of the trail parallel the Roaring Fork River. The Rio Grande Trail is another furrific option. It’s actually 42 miles long and runs from Glenwood Springs to Aspen. Needless to say, your pooch will have plenty of room to exercise.
If your pooch is a history buff, then head 10 minutes east to this Basalt neighborhood and follow the Basalt Historical Walking Tour. As you’re moving along, your dog will learn all about the area’s past and see local landmarks like the Frying Pan Inn/ Midland Hotel, an old mercantile store, and the homestead of a prominent Basalt family. One of the stops along the way is Arbaney Park. Your pup can roam around the green grass or paws for a break under a shade tree. Before moving on, be sure to check out the Charcoal Kilns. Constructed in 1884 by the Aspen Silver Company, these fascinating structures still stand today.
South Basalt has a couple trails that will absolutely delight athletic doggos. Arbaney Kittle Trail is 10 minutes away and is a favorite trail among the local two legged and four legged hikers. If you opt for this trail, your pup will get a great leg workout. It gains 2,000 feet in 3.5 miles before reaching an overlook. The trail actually runs over 10 miles, but if your pup is done, this is a great point to stop and turn around. High School Trail is another puptastic option. Don’t let the gradual ascent at the beginning of the trail fool you; the end is a steep climb. But once at the ridge, your furry friend will feel like a champion!
The Delaney Nature Park, also known as the Carbondale Nature Park, is an absolute puppy paradise. Pack up your pooch, travel 15 minutes west to Carbondale, and visit this 35 acre natural space so your pup can run free. Dogs are welcome to roam off leash as long as they are under voice control. Also, make sure your beloved pup doesn’t scurry under the fence and harass the local cows. The Rio Grande Trail also passes through this area. Switch up your walking route and try this trail. Follow it either north or south so your four legged pal can get a nice workout. Be sure to reward them with a big drink of cold water!