Georgetown is a small community located in the Rocky Mountains. This mountain town was founded during the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush. It grew exponentially when silver was discovered in 1864, earning it the nickname “Silver Queen of Colorado.” Today, you can still experience the Old West charm of days gone by. During the summer, thousands of tourists visit to check out the historical sites and sneak in some hiking, biking, or fishing.
When dinner time rolls around, grab your pooch and head over to Mother’s Saloon. Locals love this place, and it’s easy to see why. The menu is full of hearty pub grub like Smothered Burritos, half pound burgers and Reuben Sandwiches. The dog friendly patio seating overlooks a clear mountain creek. Live music is played on the weekends. The Happy Cooker restaurant is another option. Chow down on some of their famous fluffy waffles, or try a hot French Dip Sandwich. Settle in at one of the few outdoor tables so your pooch can hang out by your side.
Un-fur-tunately, Georgetown does not have any veterinary
clinics. If your pup is feeling under the weather, she’ll have to go to Idaho
Springs or Dillon for care. But, make no mistake; this dog loving town is a
great place to raise a four legged family member!
If your pooch is bursting with energy, it’s time for a trip to the Werlin Dog Park. She can check her leash at the gate and run around to her heart’s content. The large grassy field has plenty of room for a game of chase or some romping around. Benches are available for pet parents, so sit back and relax as your pal gets tuckered out. Be sure to bring some water so she can cool down after running herself ragged. When she’s finished playing, clip on her leash and stroll down to the City Park. Wander around the gravel paths before calling it a day.
The Georgetown Greenway Trail is a perfect spot for a leisurely afternoon walk with your furry BFF. The path runs parallel to Clear Creek, so your pooch can listen to the sounds of the babbling brook as he gets some exercise. Follow the trail up to the Greenway Park and meander through the wooded patch of land next to the creek. Your pal can wade through the water to cool off his paws. A couple picnic tables are sit amidst the trees, so bring a sandwich for you, a treat or two for your pup, and stick around for lunch.
The small town of Silver Plume is about 10 minutes west of Georgetown, and is home to a puptastic hike that will make your dog’s tail wag. Make your way over to the Argentine Railroad Grade Trailhead to get the party started. As you venture into the aspens and pines, you’ll pass mining ruins and old timber. Since it sits on the north face of the mountain and is heavily forested, this trail remains nice and cool in the hot summer months. After about 2.5 miles, you’ll come to an old stone chimney at Pavilion Point. Let your pup enjoy the panoramic view before turning around and heading down the trail.
Head 10 miles south of Georgetown and you’ll come to a hot bed of pawsome hikes. This area is located just over the Guanella Pass in the east part of Dillon. Start your adventure with a hike to Silver Dollar Lake. Just the beauty alone will make your pooch a happy hound. After about 1.5 miles, you’ll arrive at the small blue alpine lake. The massive Square Top Mountain sits in the background. Hang out here for a while before continuing another half mile to Murray Lake. Keep your eyes open for mountain goats and moose, and fields of colorful wildflowers. Sounds woofin’ amazing!
Is your dog begging for an adventure? Lace up your hiking boots, pack some water, and head over to the Chicago Lakes Trailhead. Located in Idaho Springs, this area is about a half hour drive from Georgetown. With multiple creeks, lakes, and bighorn sheep, you know this trail will satisfy your pup’s need for some outdoor fun. The lower lake is about four miles from the trailhead, and the upper lake is another mile. The nearby Lincoln Lake Trail is another furrific hike. The entire trail is about 10 miles round trip, but you can go as long as your pup has energy.