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Dog Areas in Empire

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If you love small towns and crisp mountain air, you will absolutely adore Empire, CO. One of the few towns that proudly boasts about its über clean bathroom, Empire is home to around 300 people, so it makes for a great town to settle down in if you are looking for a homey place where everyone knows you and your pup's name! Pet parents might have to commit to a short drive to the neighboring towns for supplies and veterinary trips, but the outdoor activities Fido can enjoy are sure to make up for it.  

Once a local mining town, Empire is now a small community nestled in the expansive mountains of Colorado. This small town is just a short drive from big cities like Denver and is one of the last stops before the famous Winter Park Ski Resort. For a fun-in-the-snow daytime adventure, consider a drive up for some skiing alongside your canine. 

If you prefer to stay close by, you can leash up Fido and check out Butler Gulch Trail. It offers over 4 miles of nature to explore, and hikers can marvel at the beautiful waterfall on the trail. Be wary though -- this trail is only fur experienced hikers and their furry companions. 

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Empire

  1. Dog Parks 1
    Population Density 1,121/sq mi

    #1 S Main Street

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    Want to get some exercise without leaving the neighborhood? Bring your dogs over to Milton Park to visit the newly renovated dog park, alongside the serene cemetery and expansive playground where your other kids can play! Do you and Fido purrfer to spend your day out by the water? Take a scenic trip over to the West Fork Clear Creek that runs through the town for some fly-fishing and an afternoon walk. Looking for something more exciting? The 14-foot mountains surrounding the city have a number of trails and valleys that you can explore with your dogs in tow.
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  2. Dog Parks 0
    Population Density 885/sq mi

    #2 Herman Gulch

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    This mountainous neighborhood is not for those that are wary of nature. Locals of the nearby cities and towns often frequent the area to visit the 6.3-mile trail that features a refreshing lake and gorgeous fields of wildflowers and trees. Idaho Springs is just a short 30-minute drive from Empire, and both cities are right off the I-70, which makes commuting a breeze. Be sure to come prepared when visiting the area, as the snow can pile up in winter months! During warm summer trips, pups and their parents can enjoy a quick dip in the lake.
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  3. Dog Parks 0
    Population Density 885/sq mi

    #3 Berthoud Falls

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    Most of this area was reserved for mining and similar industrialism back in the mid-1800s. As such, the area has many historic views and trails that have been around for over 150 years! At a whopping 9,000 feet above sea level, the constant cool breeze that surrounds this area is pawesome for visitors who enjoy the brisk mountain air. Check out the Berthoud Pass Trail for a moderate trail that allows you and your safely leashed pup to explore the great outdoors of Colorado! Just be sure to come prepared with water for you and Fido – the elevation can increase up to 1,800 feet!
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  4. Dog Parks 0
    Population Density 118/sq mi

    #4 Kings Crossing Road

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    Winter Park is a well-known vacation town that is home to the popular ski lodge and resort of the same name. While the permanent pupulation remains under 1,000, this tends to increase during peak tourism months. An influx of visitors and locals from nearby flock to the area, some with their furry friends in tow! The Winter Park Lodging Company has a number of available accommodations so your fur kids can come along for the adventure. You can explore dog-friendly hiking trails and then stop by Carvers, a local restaurant where you can dine with Dozer at one of the patio tables.
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    Population Density 820/sq mi

    #5 Silver Plume

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    Located in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains is the tiny town of Silver Plume, just next to a mountain by the same name. A short drive from Empire and less than an hour out from Denver, this area is pawsitively perfect for pups that enjoy a nice roll in the snow or exploring high-altitude trails with their parents. For particularly adventurous canines, try out the Herman Lake trail and finish with a splash in the pristine lake. The Pavilion Point trail is also another great option, with almost 5 miles of trails and breathtaking views that can be enjoyed by even the laziest lapdog.
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