Neatly tucked into the western United States and adjacent to Rocky Mountain National Park, the town of Grand Lake, Colorado, is the perfect setting for outdoor adventurers. Dog-friendly throughout, residents and visitors alike will find plenty to do to enjoy a day or a lifetime here with your fur-ever friend. Surrounded by Grand Lake and Shadow Mountain Lake, the area is beautiful to behold. And for all your pup’s health care needs, there are two veterinarians in the nearby town of Granby, ready to serve.
Take your pup to the historic boardwalk district for some shopping, or hike the miles of trails in this dog-friendly town. The Rocky Mountain National Park can be accessed directly from Grand Lake, so why not make a day of it and pack a picnic lunch? Summer or winter activities abound here. You can hike, bike, or canoe on the lake and Grand Lake is considered the ‘Snowmobiling Capital of Colorado!’
When your tummies start growling, head to Sloppy’s Grill near the entrance to the national park where you can dine on burgers and fries with your pup at their dog-friendly outdoor tables with a view!
Grand Lake is the place to begin your outdoor pup-tastic adventures!
Winter Park, Colorado, lies southeast of Grand Lake and is an outdoorsman’s paradise. It offers 600 miles of marked trails, and is rightfully called the Mountain Bike Capital of Colorado! You and your pup will find hikes for any skill level – stay on the flat or make it an adventurous climbing hike. Be sure to plan accordingly for the higher altitudes by bringing plenty of water, as well as appropriate clothing for the quickly changing Colorado weather. When you get hungry, there are seven dog-friendly restaurants to choose from, including Deno’s Mountain Bistro, Doc’s Roadhouse, or Smokin’ Moe’s Ribhouse & Saloon!
Southeast of Grand Lake is the town of Nederland where you can enjoy some pup-tastic fun together. Chipeta Park is the perfect place to have a picnic lunch at their covered tables and take a walk after along the river. Or head to Veteran’s Memorial Park and enjoy some relaxation in the open spaces. It’s the perfect place to fly a kite! Restrooms with water are available at both locations. When you and your pawtastic friend need a bite to eat, head over to Cool Beans at the Happy Trail Restaurant where you can dine at their outside pet-friendly tables.
The Arapahoe National Forest is located adjacent to the town of Fraser, south of Grand Lake. With 250,000 acres of nature at your doorstep, you and your pup will find adventures galore in this mountain paradise. Hike through the meadows or climb past scenic waterfalls. Fly-fishing for river trout is a great pastime you can enjoy with your fur-ever friend by your side, or take pup for a swim in one of the lakes here. There are many off-leash opportunities within the forest. Hungry yet? Head to Bistro 28 Restaurant and dine at their eight pup-friendly outdoor tables.
Northeast of Grand Lake lies the town of Estes Park, Colorado. This resort community offers plenty of dog-friendly places to take your pawtastic friend. The center of town features a shopping boardwalk which meanders along the river and is the perfect location to take your dog for a walk. All the shops are dog-friendly and place dog water bowls out for your fur-iendly pup! Afterwards, head to Lake Estes and walk along water’s edge on their paved walkways. When you and doggie get hungry, grab a bite to eat at Rock Inn Mountain Tavern on their outdoor, covered, pet-friendly tables.
The town of Granby lies south of Grand Lake, and offers the pup-friendly Granby Trails. You and your pup can hike for miles on the Monarch Lake loop trail around Monarch Lake. There is a small creek to cross and the trail is rated as easy to moderate in some places. It is perfect for your fur-ever friend of any fitness level to traverse. Make sure to pack plenty of water. Dogs must be leashed throughout this area. Afterwards, head to the Grand Elk Grill which serves lunch or dinner, and offers two pet-friendly tables on their scenic deck.