A small, census-designated place in central Colorado, Goldfield is a small community of about fifty full-time residents. Although Goldfield is small, there are nearly 100 vet clinics available within a fifty-mile radius.
If you’re willing to take a scenic drive around the mountains, some of the best dog-friendly amenities are in Colorado Springs -- one hour northeast of Goldfield.
Bear Creek Dog Park is top-rated for its gorgeous creek and ample waste receptacles. Well-maintained by volunteers, this park has an agility course, public restrooms, and twenty-five acres of play area. It’s truly a doggy heaven! There’s also Red Rock Canyon Open Space; this park has a variety of trails and multiple off-leash dog areas. The paths here are clean and well-marked, so it’s a great place for novice hikers (both human and canine).
For a bite to eat on your way back from Colorado Springs, stop by Manitou Springs and visit Manitou Brewing Company or Heart of Jerusalem Cafe. The former is known for its beer cheese soup and truffle parmesan fries, while the latter is beloved for its Middle-Eastern cuisine. Both restaurants offer dog-friendly outdoor seating.
Although Goldfield is small and tucked away in the mountains, there are plenty of dog-friendly amenities nearby -- whether you want to drive an hour to a large city like Colorado Springs or stay close to Goldfield in a town like Victor or Midland.
The neighborhood of Goldfield is nestled against Big Bull Mountain, which provides a rigorous off-trail climb for adventurous owners and their pups. When you want to get out with your pooch to enjoy the great outdoors, head around the base of the mountain to Lower Beaver Creek Campground in the Rio Grande National Forest. Pups are welcome in the campsites, picnic areas, and on the trails, provided they are on a leash and you clean up any messes. Enjoy fishing for trout and salmon in Beaver Creek with Fido at your side. Wherever you are in this forest, always remember to be aware of bears.
Just one mile southwest of Goldfield, the community of Victor offers wide open spaces and pawtastic trails. Take a jaunt north of town along the Battle Mountain Trail Road. This is a one-mile round trip where you and Fido will be able to catch incredible views of Victor and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Continue your exploration by strolling around the Independence Millsite Trail. The half-mile loop takes and your pup through a historic gold recovery site. You can also head west of downtown to the Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mine to take advantage of Little Grouse Mountain Trail. The path is short, but it offers a steep climb and a panoramic view of surrounding mountains for you and your canine pal. Pups are allowed on all trails as long as they are kept on a leash.
Surrounded by the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Cripple Creek Mountain Estates is a pupcredible outdoor paradise for you and Fido to explore. This community is about 10 miles from Goldfield and to the north and west of Cripple Creek. Leash Fido up and take a stroll along Barnard Creek at the Mountain Estates Country Club. Get out into the woods at Lost Burro Camping and Lodging. Pups are welcome in the campsites, as long as they are kept on a leash. Another choice for accommodations in this mountain escape is the Family Build Cabin in Cripple Creek. This two-bedroom Airbnb rental welcomes pets.
Cripple Creek, located about six miles from Goldfield, has a few puptastic activities for you and Fido to enjoy. Starting in town, canines and their owners are welcome to climb aboard the Cripple Creek and Narrow Gauge Railroad. Keep your pooch on a leash and enjoy the four-mile ride through the history of gold mining in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. The train operates mid-May through mid-October. For athletic pups and owners, the Gold Camp Trail will provide a good workout. This 2-mile trail offers a self-directed tour of Poverty Gulch along a moderate to steep hike. If you’re visiting the area, check availability for accommodations at Gold King Mountain Inn. Up to 2 pets are permitted to stay with you for a minimal charge per animal.
Located about 15 miles north of Goldfield, the community of Midland offers access to mountain adventures. Head over to Crags Trailhead for a 4-mile hike through forested areas. This trail permits pups on a leash to accompany their owners. For another pawsome trail, go south to get to Horsethief Falls Trail. This popular trail is a 2.6 mile out-and-back trek. You and Fido will be treated to a beautiful waterfall at the turnaround point. For a special outing with your furry friend, head up to Mueller State Park Campgrounds. Pooches are permitted to join you in the campground, on developed roadways, and in the picnic areas, provided they are on a leash.