Lafayette is a super fur-friendly city in Boulder County, Colorado. Although small in size, this adorable municipality has much to offer its pup-ulation, with six dog-friendly restaurants, five locally-owned pet stores, five veterinary clinics, and one enormous paw park!
Struttin Pup Dog Boutique and Bath in Layfayette is one of Boulder County’s oldest and most respected pet stores! This award-winning pet shop has everything a pampered pooch could need, from natural dog treats and homeopathic remedies to toys and fashionable doggy accessories. The staff here is known for being super fur-iendly and knowledgeable about their vast product selection. If you're nearby, stop in to buy some treats and a toy (or three)!
Everyone knows those pesky treats go straight to your thighs. Local hounds maintain their lean physiques by running off empty calories at the Great Bark Dog Park. With over 6 acres in total, this secluded puppy playground has an abundance of room for mutts to expend their energy and stretch their hairy legs! Dashing around a park this size is sure to tucker even the most determined pup. Thankfully, the park has plenty of shade and water to cool down and recharge those energetic pups between games of tag! If the dog run gets too crowded for your pooch, there is a short loop trail surrounding the park where the two of you can have some alone time. This park is the cat’s meow — even if it is meant for canines only!
Being a dog is a lot of hard work. What better way is there to unwind than an afternoon of fetching and swimming at the local dog park? Relaxation comes easy at the Louisville Community Dog Park, less than 5 miles from Lafayette. This puppy paw-adise is complete with a fenced swimming pond where Fido can take a plunge with his friends. There is plenty of space to play on dry land, too, if your dog isn’t one for getting his paws wet. After you have had your fill of the park, head over to Huckleberry Restaurant and Bakery for a delicious dog-friendly dinner!
The East Boulder Dog Park can be found just 8 miles due west of Lafayette on Sioux Drive, right outside of Boulder. This doggy hot-spot has all the locals barking about its friendly atmosphere and exciting amenities. The park boasts two dog areas for small and large breeds, a 1.5-acre expanse for the big and boisterous crowd, and a half-acre run for the small and mighty bunch. If that isn’t enough to sell your skeptical pupper, then let him know the park also features a swimming pond to cool off its furry guests!
Fifteen miles north of Lafayette is a dog beach that drives the local mutts wild! For only $8 a carload, your whole pack (humans included!) can make a splash at the Union Reservoir Dog Beach! Owners have just as much fun as the pooches while watching the old pros float around with ease and young pups practice their doggy paddle. The dog beach is not fully fenced, so keep a close eye on your pooch if he is known to wander. You and your pup will love this adorable swimming hole; just don’t forget the towels!
If those other parks are too claustrophobic for your canine, then consider making a trip to Westminster Hills Off Leash Dog Park! Here, you won't find fenced enclosures, separate areas for small dogs, or double-gated locks. However, what you will find is huge, open fields where pooches frolic their hearts out, gullies good for splashing in, and lots of open trails to explore! This park has natural ground cover that mainly consists of dirt and grass, so expect for your pooch to get a little dirty. Bring a towel to dry off your doggo and some extras to lay over your seats for the ride home! The best part about this doggy oasis is that it's only 10 miles from Lafayette.
Romero's K9 Club & Tap House in Lafayette is an excellent place for local pet parents and fur children to relax and mingle. This tavern/coffee shop/dog run has everything a doggy duo could need for a tail-wagging good time, like dog-friendly indoor and outdoor seating, a large selection of craft brews, and a spacious off-leash area for pups to socialize. Hungry hounds and humans will be glad to know food trucks stop here regularly to feed the famished patrons and the bar has several options of light snacks for people and pups as well! Owners may be required to pay a small fee for daily use, and visiting dogs must be flea-free and sporting a collar with a name tag and rabies tag. Visit their website for full details on registration to get your good times started right away!