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!