Golden, Colorado, is a small-scale city just 15 miles west from Denver, Colorado, located in the seclusive valley of Clear Creek Canyon and north of the I-70. Golden was, and still is, a lively town. The name of the city is derived from its heydays during the Gold Rush but today Golden is still an attractive place to visit due to its historical past, economic importance, and amazing natural surroundings.
The scenic beauty of Golden, Colorado, makes it a very welcoming place for both dogs and horses as there is plenty of trails to discover and areas to explore. The following four trails are favorites among the locals but beware; they vary in difficulty.
The Beaver Brook Trail is a surprisingly challenging hike for dogs and owners alike, despite being at a short distance from Denver. This 3.6 hike trails through the south fringe of Clear Creek Canyon. The Frazier Meadow Trails starts in Golden Gate Canyon State Park and is divided into twelve smaller trails with varying difficulties. Each route meanders through a magnificent scenery existing of sprawling meadows, tall mountain peaks, and conifer forests.
The Colorado Trail is a breathtaking trail that stretches from Durango to Denver, with the heart of the Trail, the Colorado Trail Foundation, located in Golden. In some parts of the trail, dogs are not required to be on a leash which makes this route a favorite among local dog owners.
Golden, Colorado, also has two off-leash dog parks, Dog Park at Tony Grampsas and Homer's Run Dog Park at Ulysses Ballfield, rounding off the amenities for this particularly dog-friendly town.
Located about 20 minutes southeast of Golden is Lakewood, where you’ll find Forsberg-Iron Spring Dog Park. This off-leash, fenced-in dog park features plenty of room for your pooch to run around, but there’s more. The park also features agility equipment so that your dog can practice his skills or just be silly with his pawesome new friends! Locals rave about the beautiful views the park provides, so make sure to snap some pictures while you’re in the park! Water is available on site for both you and Fido, as are benches and picnic tables. Feel free to explore the rest of the park; just make sure to bring a leash.