Located about thirty minutes east of Grand Junction, Mesa is a small town on state highway 65. Mesa is surrounded by National Forests, with Grand Mesa to the east, Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area to the south, and the Colorado National Monument to the west. Residents of the area spend most of their time outdoors hiking with with dogs, and enjoying the amazing scenery. Although Mesa is too small for a veterinarian clinic, there are three clinics in the nearby towns of Collbran, Parachute, and Delta.
When your pooch needs some exercise, head north of town to the Jerry Creek Reservoir. You can stroll around the water and admire the wildlife while Fido rolls around in the grass and sniffs all the plants. You will need to keep your pup on a leash and bring your own water bottles.
A great option for dinner in Mesa is The Wagon Wheel restaurant off highway 65. This pup-friendly motel and diner offer comfort food like burritos, hamburgers, and steak. You can stop by with Fido for breakfast, lunch or dinner and relax at one of the outdoor tables.
If you are traveling through Colorado exploring the Rock Mountains, or you just enjoy the peace and tranquility of a small town, Mesa is a pup-friendly destination.
Situated north of the center of town, the Grand Mesa RV Park is a great place to spend time with Fido and your family. The park is well maintained and you can park your RV in a shady location with amenities like clean bathrooms and a well-stocked convenience store. Your pup will love walking around the park on a leash and you can plan a day of hiking the trails nearby. There is plenty of grassy areas where your pup can run around and roll in the grass and get some exercise. This popular destination is frequented by friendly pooch parents and Fido will have a puptastic time socializing with his friends.
Located about 20 miles west of Mesa, River Bend Park in Palisade is a wonderful off-leash, but unfenced dog park. The large grassy area is perfect when Fido needs some exercise, and you can walk along the Colorado River on a paved trail. The park also provides doggie waste bags at both the beginning and the end of the trail for your convenience. Nearby you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Palisade Café. There are five outdoor tables where you and your pooch can relax. The Palisade Brewery is another great place to meet up with friends and their furry companions. You can drink some craft beers while sitting on the patio with your pup.
About thirty minutes south of Mesa, the Ward Lake Campground features 27 campsites in the Grand Mesa National Forest. The campground is a great place to spend the weekend and take Fido hiking on the trails. You and your pooch can hike the Crag Crest Trail which is a moderate difficulty, or the Mesa Lakes Trail which is a bit of an easier hike. While exploring the area Fido will have a snifftastic time in the plants and trees, and you will want to make sure to bring plenty of bug repellant. You will also want to bring your own doggie waste bags and water bottles to stay hydrated while hiking.
Located on Interstate 70 near Clifton, the RV Ranch at Grand Junction is a perfect place to spend time with the family and Fido. The Ranch is a great base camp while hiking the mountains and your pooch will enjoy walking around the campground socializing with other pups. There are tent sites, RV sites and a few cabins and plenty of trees for shade. Fido will especially enjoy the dog run area where campers can let their pups run around and have a puptastic time. If you need a snack, take your pooch over to the covered patio and enjoy a sandwich and treat with Fido.
The Long Family Memorial Park is located in Fruitvale, which is west of Mesa, near Grand Junction. This pawtastic park features over 40 acres of play space. You can walk the 1.5-mile looped trail around the duck pond while Fido sniffs all the plants and rolls in the grass. The kids will enjoy the three playgrounds, and there are multipurpose fields where your pooch can run around and chase a ball. You can also relax on one of the shaded benches while your pup rests and laps up some water. The park is a popular destination for pups and their parents, so your pup will get a chance to socialize with his furry friends.