Lake George, Colorado, lies in the Arapahoe Mountains. Although this very small, rural community does not offer big city amenities, it is visited for its dog-friendly, outdoor amenities and its small-town charm. Just one short drive down the main road offers a few storefronts, so you will be able to find care for your fur-ever friend, if needed, at the Animal Care Clinic located here.
First and foremost, this town features topnotch trout fishing and ice fishing at the Eleven-Mile Reservoir. Or take your pawtastic pup for a hike on their trails which run for 5 miles around this reservoir. Overnight camping and boating are features here as well.
Visit the Spinney Mountain Reservoir also frequented for its spectacular fishing, hiking trails and boating on a 2500-acre lake. This is a summer recreation area only, so plan accordingly. Why not rent a canoe or a kayak and take your pup for a spin on the lake? Afterwards, plan a picnic and flip some burgers on their provided BBQ grills! Many of the less-travelled areas do not require Fido to be on leash in this park.
Lake George is certainly your ticket to outdoor fun with your special fur-ever pup!
In the town of Florissant, just 4.6 miles southeast of Lake George, you will find an amazing outdoor experience just waiting for you and your pup to enjoy. The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is full of petrified redwood trees! Explore this park for great hiking opportunities on its 14 miles of trails that meander among these giant beauties. For a short walk, take the Ponderosa Loop ½-mile loop trail through the forest, or the Petrified Forest Walk’s 1-mile trail through the redwoods. Dogs are welcome on leash. Be sure to pack plenty of water and clean up after Fido.
You and your pup can head to the town of Hartsel, a short 26 miles west of Lake George, for some outdoor fun! The Antero Reservoir is the place to be if you love fishing! Impress your pawtastic pup with your casting skills and reel in the big one! There are boating opportunities on this 2,500-acre lake, or take a long hike around the entire lake! There is also a dog-friendly campground for an overnight stay. Be sure to keep Fido on leash here. Because of the 9,000’ altitude at the reservoir, go slowly and drink plenty of water until you are acclimated.
In the town of Pine, just 35 miles north of Lake George, you and your pawtastic pup will have unlimited outdoor fun in the Pike National Forest, which features 1,729 square miles along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Your pup will love finding places to run off-leash throughout this forest, and miles and miles of hiking trails. Many trails are suited for elderly or slower-going pups, and others are perfect for the experienced ‘hiker-pup!’ There are out-of-the-way places where your pup can play in the streams or lakes. Plan a day outing or an overnight stay!
The Mueller State Park, located in the town of Divide, just 16 miles southeast of Lake George, offers 5000 acres for you and your pawtastic pup to explore! Take a hike on the 55 miles of trails here ,but be sure to plan accordingly as some are rated as moderate and steep in many places. However, there are many short, flat strolls when you want a more relaxing time together. Fido can go swimming in the many ponds throughout the park, and off-leash opportunities abound here. Overnight campsites are available. Be sure to check out their sledding hills in the winter.
The Woodland Park neighborhood in Woodland Park offers relaxation at its two area parks. Visit the Lions Memorial Park and marvel at is beautifully landscaped grounds. Take Fifi for an on-leash walk along their paved paths throughout, or relax on the park benches. Or visit Memorial Park, frequented for its lovely grounds that surround and overlook the lake. This 3-acre park has a charming gazebo and picnic pavilion, playground equipment for the kiddies, and a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains. Be sure to check out the summer concerts, and keep your pup on leash here.