Beautiful and unique, Leadville is a former mining town about 100 miles west of Denver and a wonderful place to raise Fido. Surrounded by the peaks and valleys of the San Isabel National Forest, there are a variety of hiking trails were you and your pup can spend the day. Hope Pass is one of the most legendary trails in town. You can travel with your pooch along connecting trails and begin the uphill climb at “Big Willis” where you will hike above the tree line and be rewarded with a panoramic view of the mountain.
Fido’s medical needs can be met at the Leadville Veterinary Clinic, the only pup medical office in town. Whether your pooch needs emergency or routine care, the friendly staff at the clinic will treat your pup like one of their own. Afterwards, you may want to treat Fido to a shopping spree at Cold Nose Warm Heart. This is a family-owned business that provided dog accessories, food, and treats that will keep you coming back for more.
Another pup-friendly destination in town is the Leadville RV corral. This scenic campground is located on Main Street and is open all year. You and your pup can pitch a tent or stay in an RV an enjoy the natural surrounding of Colorado. Be sure to keep Fido on a leash and clean up after your canine companion.
Situated in the City Center neighborhood, the Leadville Dog Park is an awesome destination for you and your pup. Fido can run off-leash and socialize with other pups while you relax on the benches and enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery. You will need to bring your own water bottles and doggie waste bags to make sure the dog park stays clean. If you bring the kids, the dog park is located next to Huck Finn Skate Park where your children can ride their skateboards or watch the talent of others. When its time for dinner, head over to The Tennessee Pass Café where you can enjoy smoked wings, bison stew, or Buffalo steak melts on the comfortable outdoor patio. The restaurant features individual water bowls for your pooch and a big jar of doggie treats.
Hiking with your pup is fun when spending time in the Twin Lakes neighborhood. The Mineral Belt Trail is a hike that follows the former rail lines and loops around the city of Leadville. You and Fido will travel through the forest of aspen groves and admire the wildflowers and wild life. The trail is about 12 miles of paved pathway that makes hiking with your pup a family activity. During the winter months you will probably see other dog lovers walking with snowshoes along the path enjoying the crisp mountain air. Bring your own water bottles and doggie waste bags, as there are no facilities along the trail.
A unique dog-friendly activity in the Prospect Mountain neighborhood is the Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad Adventure. When planning a special day with the family, you don’t have to leave Fido at home. The railroad encourages pups to ride with the family, and the conductor will make a special visit to check on your pooch and make sure he enjoys the ride. Pups of all sizes are welcome, and the friendly staff will help along the way. The train stops in several grassy areas where you can take your pup for a quick potty break. If you visit the gift shop car, your pup can enjoy a cool drink at one of the water bowls set out especially for canine riders.
The Native Lake neighborhood features a wonderful area to spend quality time with your pup. The Native Lake Highline Trail covers the eastern side of the Continental Divide and offers views of Mt. Massive. You and Fido can hike up the mountain and admire the Native Lake while wandering through the forest and meadows. Snowshoeing is also an adventurous excursion you can share with your pooch during the winter months. The hike is about 4.6 miles round trip and is perfect for the whole family. Remember to pack water bottles and doggie bags and enjoy the day.
Located about 29 miles from Leadville in Minturn, the Fancy Pass – Missouri Pass Loop is a great destination to spend time in the great outdoors with Fido. You can hike along two scenic passes that travel along the alpine valley and the Missouri Lake basin. If you and your pup are looking for some peace and tranquility, you will enjoy this hike in the spring, summer or fall months. If you enjoy camping with your pooch, there is a popular camping area at the Lake basin, or explore the ghost town and mining ruins around the Holy Cross City area.