Elizabeth, Colorado, is a small town in the east-central part of the state. Rich in history, beginning in the early 1900’s, Elizabeth was a gathering place for many cowboys on their westerly route. And today, this town continues to welcome people and pups. While you are here, Fido will be in great hands at the three local veterinary hospitals and one mobile vet, ready to care for any emergency which might arise.
Don’t miss visiting Casey Jones Park, which has served up good ole fun for the whole family since this town began. Originally used for rodeos and dances, it now has grown into a pup-friendly location sporting horseshoe pits and ballfields.
Check out the Prickly Pines Disc Golf Course where your pup can carry your playing discs and you can show off your skills. There are many benches throughout, and plenty of grassy areas to lay out a blanket and relax with your fur-ever friend by your side. Pet waste stations are located throughout the park, and it is required that you keep Fido on leash and pick up after them. Restrooms and water fountains are on site.
Don’t miss Elizabeth on your summer to-do list with your pup!
In the Castlewood Canyon neighborhood of the town of Franktown, 9 miles west of Elizabeth, you will find the Castlewood Canyon State Park. This is an outdoor experience you and your pawtastic pup will love. Known for its hiking trails, there are several here to choose from. Take the .5-mile trail for a short excursion, suitable to all pups, or for the more adventurous, try the longer moderately-rated 4-mile journey. The trails interconnect, so you can carve your own expedition! Take a picnic lunch to share with Fido and find the perfect spot to view Pikes Peak within its 2300 acres.
The Hidden Mesa Open Space, in the North Franktown neighborhood of Franktown, 9 miles west of Elizabeth, is a must-visit location for you and your fur-ever friend. This open space offers plenty of hiking and biking trails to keep you entertained and fit! There are paved trails and natural surface trails, so take your pick. Horses are also allowed here, which makes for a wonderful day with your animal companion. These trails connect with other larger hiking systems within the area, so you can walk for miles. Why not pack a picnic lunch and spend quality time under the pavilion?
Pack up your pup and head to the Whispering Pines Park, in the Whispering Pines neighborhood of the town of Franktown, 9 miles west of Elizabeth. Here you will find 8 acres of outdoor fun for you and Fido. There are sports fields and courts, as well as a playground for the kiddies. How about laying out a blanket and enjoy the mountain views while you are here? Take a picnic lunch for extra fun. There are restrooms on site, but no water, so be sure to bring plenty to share in this pawtastic park. Keep Fido on leash throughout.
In the Colorado Horse Park neighborhood of the town of Parker, 17 miles northwest of Elizabeth, offers the Bayou Gulch Regional Park. This area sports 205 acres of fun for you and Fido. First visit the Bayou Gulch Dog Park off-leash area across the street! Your pup can run to their heart’s content on these 2 fenced acres of grass, with a separate resting area. Afterwards, take an on-leash stroll on either their paved trails for 1 ½ miles or their 4 ½ miles of natural surface trails back at the park for a full day of pawtastic fun!
The Gateway Mesa Open Space, in the town of Franktown, just 9 miles northwest of Elizabeth, offers a pup-friendly outdoor adventure for you and your fur-ever friend. This area covers a whopping 275 acres and has dedicated walking trails throughout. Fido will love a stroll along their moderately rated trails or on the native surface trails, suitable for all fitness level dogs. You must keep Fido on leash throughout Gateway Mesa and on the trails. Be sure to pack plenty of water and bring mutt mitts to clean up after them. Portable restrooms are on site.