Families who enjoy the history of Colorado and spending time hiking through national forests will love the town of Mosca. Located off highway 17, Mosca is about three hours southwest of Colorado Springs, and offers a quiet and peaceful destination where pups can explore and spend time in the outdoors. Living in a rural area will also require you to travel a little farther for Fido’s medical needs. The closest veterinarian clinic is in Monte Vista about twenty miles west of town.
Mosca is situated in between the Rio Grande National Forest and the Great Sand Dunes National Park. You can take the family and your pup to hike along the trails and admire the amazing views of the Dunes. The campground in the Dunes National Park offers a place for primitive camping, and there are picnic tables and grills where you can make some burgers. Your pup will love walking through the area exploring all the sights and sounds.
Another fun nearby destination is the Pinon Flats Campground on the eastern edge of the Great Sand Dunes Park. There is a visitor’s center where you can check in and the Rangers will help answer questions. Pups are always welcome, just be sure to keep Fido on his leash. You can hike along the dunes and then return to your campsite for a hot shower. During the summer season, there is a camp store where you can buy necessities and even some treats for your pup.
If you and your pooch are looking for outdoor adventures, Mosca is the perfect destination. You can spend time with the family and your furry friends hiking through the forests, visiting local parks, and admiring the amazing Colorado views.
The Zapata Falls Campground is a great place to enjoy amazing scenery and a hike with Fido and the family. From the campground, you can access the trail and hike to the Zapata Waterfall less than a half a mile away. The trail is well-maintained and perfect for all skill levels, and is suitable for wheel chairs and strollers. Fido will love running through the plants and sniffing the trees along the way. The campground also features picnic tables and fire pits where you can roast marshmallows in the evening. You will need to keep your pup on a leash while hiking and camping, and bring along some doggie waste bags.
Another fun, pooch friendly destination is the Colorado Gators Reptile Park on County Road 9 North. You need to keep Fido on his leash while walking through the park, but there is plenty of grass and shade trees where you can hang out. The kids will have a great time watching the animals and learning about the gators and other exotic reptiles that were rescued from around the area. The farm is a sanctuary for exotic pets whose owners could no longer take care of them and your furry family members are always welcome. With over 80 acres of space, you can get some exercise while enjoying the fresh air with Fido. Remember to bring some doggie waste bags and dispose of trash in the convenient receptacles.
About ten miles east of Mosca in the town of Hooper, the Mosca Campground lies inside of the San Luis State Park, and features 51 campsites with amazing views of the San Luis Lake. You can pitch a tent or bring a camper and spend some time hiking along the mountains and sand dunes. There is a four-mile trail that is well maintained and easy to walk with your pooch and the kids. You and Fido will love admiring the plants and animals along the way. You can go fishing in the lake, or just spend time enjoying the peace and tranquility in this beautiful setting.
About thirteen miles south of Mosca, Cole Park in East Alamosa is great for walking your pup and spending time with the kids. There is a paved walking loop around the park and plenty of grass and shade trees where you can relax with Fido. The playground is perfect when the kids need to get rid of some excess energy. You can admire the views as you walk laps, or bring a picnic and enjoy some lunch. If you are looking for a pup-friendly restaurant in the neighborhood, stop by the San Luis Valley Brewing Company for some burgers or seafood and relax at the outdoor seating. When the kids need something sweet, the Nestle Toll House Café by Chip offers sweets like ice cream and cookies, and you and your pup can sit on the outdoor patio.
The Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge is southwest of Mosca, and provides an interesting hike through the park to admire plants and animals. You will need to keep Fido on a leash when exploring the area, but you will find amazing birds and a variety of wildlife as you walk along the trail. People visit from all over the country to see the cranes fly in and out around sunrise and sunset, so plan your trip accordingly. If you and Fido want to stay in the area, the Sandhill and Monte Villa Inns welcome pups for an additional fee.