Loma is a small unincorporated community in Mesa County, Colorado, northwest of Grand Junction. Just a skip and hop away, you'll find the sweeping stream of Colorado River rushing through 75,000+ acres of wilderness in McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area. An amazing hiking adventure with Fido is guaranteed here! More public parks and even RV camping options can be found in Fruita, a town just 5 miles southwest of Loma. Is your pooch feeling a little ruff? There are three veterinary clinics in the corridor between Loma and Fruita.
If you enjoy exploring wild prairies and vast nature preserves with endless trails, check out Highline Lake State Park, a year-round recreation spot which locals also call “an oasis in the desert”. This is an epicenter of fun and all sort of outdoor activities! You can camp, canoe, and hike among the wilderness here. The best part? Pooches are also able to swim in certain areas!
All these outdoor activities will eventually make you hungry, so check out Camilla’s Kaffe or Hot Tomato Pizza in downtown Fruita. Both joints are pet-friendly and have outdoor seating.
If you and Fido love exploring the great outdoors, Loma is a furrific place to visit or live!
Canyon View borders Appleton, a populated area at the northeastern end of Grand Junction, Colorado. The neighborhood is neatly organized around the local attraction – Canyon View Park, an amazing outdoor area with trails and sports courts. This park is most pawpular on Sunday afternoons, so wag over on the weekend if you want to make some friends! If you prefer to make friends of the furry variety, head to Canyon View Dog Park, a separate, fenced enclosure for off-leash playtime. There’s also a section for small puppers, but don't forget to bring some water and waste baggies.
The hub of Colorado’s wine country, Grand Junction offers a striking variety of cultural and historical experiences and a charming commercial district in downtown. Prefer to get a whiff of some fresh riverside air? The Colorado River runs right through Eagle Rim Park, located just a skip and a hop outside downtown. This furrific park offers walking trails and picnic areas complete with grills. Duck Pond Park, located at the curve of South 5th Street, is also perfect for jogging early in the morning with Fido. Healthy habits for healthy pups! Both parks welcome leashed dogs, and you'll need to bring doggie waste bags to clean up your pooch's messes.
Devil’s Canyon is a hiking spot in McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area just across Colorado River, less than 5 minutes from Fruita’s downtown. The Devil’s Canyon Trail system includes a 6.6-mile loop trail with moderate traffic and scenic views. Sniff out the diverse flora, but keep Fido on his leash at all times and beware of horseback riders! The trail is very popular and is open to the public year-round. Pollock Bench Trailhead is another cool place to hike along the Colorado River. It's not as pawpular, but it's more difficult and a bit longer than the Devil’s Canyon loop. Bring plenty of water with you!
If you have been looking for a great place to camp with Fido, look no further! Pear Park is an extensive neighborhood in Clifton, just 10 minutes away from Grand Junction’s downtown. Enjoying the coastal views and scenic vistas of the Colorado River is the pawfect pet-friendly weekend getaway! James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park offers all that and much more! One of the most popular camping facilities is a dog-friendly spot with a boat ramp, fishing, hiking, and all the outdoor activities you could pawssibly imagine. Pooches should stay on a leash no longer than 6 feet, but they're welcome to sniff around everywhere! Don't forget to explore the sandy area of Corn Lake!
Palisade is a small town in Mesa County, located at the northwestern end of Grand Junction. Well-known for its pet-friendly breweries and hotels, the area is perfect for tasting some local wines or having some off-leash fun in Riverbend Park! It’s not a dog park per se, but it has an unfenced area with an access point to the river. There are also miles of paved and unpaved walking trails to explore on-leash and sniff around! For a quick bite (and a glass of wine), don’t forget to visit Palisade Brewery. This joint has a wonderful outdoor patio, and locals say it's home to the best pork in the state! (Although we'll let you and Fido be the judge of that.)