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Dog Areas in Florence, CO

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A quaint town situated in Colorado's "Banana Belt" at the foot of the Rocky Mountains and bordering the Arkansas River, Florence, Colorado is at the heart of dog-friendly Colorado country. Just 15 minutes southeast of Canon City, 40 minutes northwest of Pueblo and 45 minutes southwest of Colorado Springs, Florence offers a unparalleled vantage point into surrounding communities for visitors. The town's climate is also unique due to its location, offering incredibly mild winters in comparison with the rest of the state. While there are no veterinarians within Florence city limits, there are more than 10 within a 15-minute drive. 

The hallmark park of Florence, Pioneer Park, is home to many of the town's community activities, making it a great place to start your fun-filled adventure with your furry friend. Every Thursday morning from June through October, the park hosts a Farmer's Market with fresh produce as well as other vendors and entertainment. This makes Pioneer Park a pawsitively perfect first stop for you and your pup's Florence festivities. 

If you don't mind taking a short 15-minute drive out of Florence city limits, head over to the Arkansas Riverwalk trail for more than seven miles of lush, beautiful and varying scenery, as well as ample opportunities for bird and wildlife viewing. The Arkansas Riverwalk trail includes numerous types of terrain and environments, including dense cottonwood forests as well and native wetlands. 

As you can see, the Florence area surely cannot be beat!

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Florence, CO

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    Population Density 1,038/sq mi

    #1 Lincoln Park

    Just a short 10-minute drive northwest of Florence lies the neighborhood of Lincoln Park. This beautiful neighborhood has two designated dog parks, including the fabulous Off Leash Dog Park. This purrfect park has a .25-mile trail surrounding the outskirts, making it a perfect opportunity for both you and your furry friend to get some much needed fresh air and exercise. The park also has an area for the dogs to roam off leash while you take a seat on one of the many picnic table or leisurely stroll alongside them. Be sure to bring a jug of water though as there aren't any watering stations in this park.
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    Population Density 898/sq mi

    #2 E 6th Street

    The northern side of Florence is home to two fabulous public parks that are purrfect for you and your pup to enjoy the local atmosphere for hours on end. Head over to Wilcox Park for a nice change of pace from the downtown hustle and bustle typically associated with cities and even small towns like Florence. Or trot on over to Lions Park for more nature-oriented fun. Both parks have ample room for you and your pup to roam and explore. However, both parks do require dogs to remain on-leash at all times, so be sure to keep that in mind! Be sure to bring doggie waste bags with you, since these aren't designated dog parks.
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    Population Density 49/sq mi

    #3 Buckskin Joe

    Heading over to the western side of Canon City, just 25 minutes from Florence, you will find the expansive community of Buckskin Joe. This widespread neighborhood has several dog-friendly attractions to keep you and your fur baby entertained all day long. For your first stop, head to Temple Canyon Park for several miles of hiking trails as well as the opportunity to photograph some of Colorado's most rare birds. You can also head a few minutes south to Curley Peak, one of the area's most commonly climbed mountains. As the day winds down, head to 8 Mile Bar & Grill to grab some tasty grub for you and your pup before heading home.
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    Population Density 107/sq mi

    #4 Penrose

    Just 10 minutes northeast of Florence lies the charming neighborhood of Penrose. Perhaps the greatest attraction of this area is the incredible 40,000-acre uninhabited, road-free Beaver Creak State Wildlife Area. There are miles and miles of trails for you and your pup to enjoy all day long. There are also nearby campgrounds if you wish to extend your stay. After a day (or two) of hiking, head to the one and only dog-friendly restaurant in the Penrose area: Coyote's Coffee Den. Sip some fresh coffee, available hot or iced, and choose from an array of fresh pastries or more sustainable food choices, such as grilled panini sandwiches, wraps, soups and even flatbread pizzas.
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    Population Density 498/sq mi

    #5 Prospect Heights

    Head 15 minutes northwest of Florence and you will find yourself in the charming neighborhood of Prospect Heights, home of one of the most popular parks in town: Centennial Park. This incredible park boasts a riverfront picnic area, tennis court, volleyball court, baseball diamond, basketball court and fish pond. Plus, the park is equipped with public restrooms. The Prospect Heights neighborhood also contains the Eagle Wing Trailhead. This several-mile-long trail offers incredibly scenic and elevated views of the surrounding mountains and rivers. After you've thoroughly enjoyed your time in Prospect Heights, wind down with a traditional Italian dinner at a local favorite: Dirito's Italian Restaurant.
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