Laporte is a small town in Larimer County that's home to magnificent views of the Rocky Mountains and endless Colorado skies. Set on the Cache la Poudre River, the town is located in close proximity to Fort Collins and plenty of hiking trails where you can embark on an adventure. Lakes, rivers, and creeks in the vicinity and a well-developed commercial area with shops and eateries in Fort Collins make Laporte a good place to visit with Fido and take a breather from the daily routine. The town also houses four veterinary clinics if you need some advice or quality healthcare.
Gear up for an adventure through wooded corridors, natural areas, and agricultural spots along the Poudre Trail in Fort Collins. You and your leashed dog can enjoy scenic views, still ponds, and babbling rivers for about 13 miles of the trail. And if you get tired and need to take a break, the expansive area of Richard’s Lake near Long Pond Reservoir is the pawfect place to rest and relax in the shade. This roomy area is not a dog park and is not fenced, but your pooch can run and play off-leash here as long as he's under voice control.
Hickory Village is a primarily residential, northern neighborhood of Fort Collins that's adjacent to the Magpie Meander Natural Area and Soft Gold Park. Soft Gold Park is a 10-acre multi-purpose terrain with several playgrounds, picnic spots, and a pawesome dog park! Roomy and well-shaded, this fenced dog park keeps all those escape artists safely in place! The facility is very popular among travelers, but you can also spot some locals exercising with their pets in the afternoon. There are no drinking water facilities, but you'll find nice walking trails around the dog park for leashed walks. Don't forget the waste bags!
Historic Fort Collins High School can easily be considered a cultural and historical region of Fort Collins. Located not far from downtown and just 15 minutes from Laporte, the neighborhood features two museums surrounded by residential quarters, as well as a hidden gem for dog owners! An extremely pet-friendly place with a roomy area, shade, and even water bowls is hidden right behind the museums along Peterson Street. The dog park is a cool place to hang out with the local pups and let Fido chase some tails. Bring your new doggie friends with you to Wild Boar Café, which welcomes canine customers at the outdoor seating area.
Southridge Greens is a neighborhood in the southern part of Fort Collins hidden inside the charming area of Fossil Creek Park, a dog-friendly site with playgrounds, lakes, a creek, and a designated place for pooches! Responsible and friendly dog owners, seating, and two separate sections for small and large pups are just some of the amenities the dog park in Fossil Creek Park has to offer. The water facilities may be out of order during some seasons, so be sure to bring some. Sniff and explore the miles of walking trails that wind along the scenic river and creek, or play fetch and exercise with your mutt in the off-leash area.
Silver Oaks is a small but charming Fort Collins neighborhood that welcomes dogs with open arms! Bordering an expansive wooded area to the west, Silver Oaks is home to the pawpular Spring Canyon Park. This is a beautiful park with a gazebo, playground, and walking trails that welcome leashed dogs. If you need some off-leash fun, Horsetooth Dog Park is at your service! Let your mutt go wild and get his paws dirty running and playing with other furry friends in this roomy and well-shaded park. There are some benches for the pet parents’ comfort and plenty of friendly visitors year-round!
The Observatory Village neighborhood is located on the southeastern outskirts of Fort Collins, near Fossil Creek Reservoir. This neighborhood is home to sleepy residential quarters, quiet streets, and a few shops. If you travel just a bit west along Lady Moon Drive, leaving behind Practice Field, you will find Twin Silo Dog Park, a pet-friendly terrain with two separate sections for shy and active mutts. There is a picnic area in the main part of the park, offering tables and benches in the shade where you can savor a sandwich with Fido or relax while you watch your favorite furry friend play.