Nathrop, Colorado is a small village nestled in the spectacular mountains of Colorado. As you might expect from this rural area, Nathrop isn’t packed with fun-filled attractions for you and your dog, although you can find great pet care at four surrounding vet clinics only miles away. Nathrop is, however, close to some fun adventures that are pawfect for outdoor-loving dogs and their owners.
The Mount Antero Trail actually has an entrance in Nathrop, but the full trail stretches over 14 miles through Mc Phelemy Park. Your dog is welcome to join you for some exercise and sightseeing, and there are even parts of the lake that he can splash around in. Head southwest to Salida, which is about 17 miles from Nathrop, to catch the dog-friendly Monarch Scenic Tram, which glides over 12,000 feet up the mountains for some of the best views around with your pup.
North of Nathrop, you'll find even more beautiful trails to enjoy, like the Kroenke Lake Trail and Mount Belford Trail, both of which are in Buena Vista. The Midland Bike Trail is another pupular one in Buena Vista that offers over eight miles of dog-friendly space to explore. If you and your pup are adventurists, Nathrop’s surrounding areas offer plenty of fun for both of you!
A little over eight miles from Nathrop is the Main-Crossman neighborhood of Buena Vista, CO. This area is the home of the Run Free Dog Park, which is actually much more than the dog parks you’re used to. This huge 80-acre space is more like an outdoor paradise for adventurous pups where they can roam off-leash and enjoy the trails and open space. If you prefer, you can also take your dog to a smaller, cozy off-leash dog park: Riverpark Dog Park. This fenced area has two separate spaces for large and small dogs and has some pawesome views of the pretty surrounding area.
Downtown Salida is a little over 17 miles from Nathrop. This area is a pupular spot for travelers to stop, so you’ll find plenty of paw-friendly hotels here. But you can also take your pooch to Loyal Duke’s Dog Park for some off-leash exercise and socialization with furry friends. This fenced-in zone has separate areas for small and large dogs, some benches for owners, and plenty of waste bags for easy clean-up. You can also hop on the Monarch Spur Trail to take a hike with your dog near Riverside Park and catch some breathtaking views of nearby mountains.
If you don’t mind making your doggie adventure into a day trip, then the Royal Gorge Park area of Canon City, which is about 70 miles from Nathrop, may be a furtastic place to stop. The Royal Gorge Bridge is one of Colorado’s top attractions for locals and tourists alike as one of the highest suspension bridges in the world. Your leashed dog is welcome to join you as you take this adventurous trek across the bridge and take in once-in-a-lifetime views of the canyons below. Your dog is even welcome in the Royal Gorge Park with you, and kennels are available if you want to get on some rides.
Just over 75 miles from Nathrop is the East Canon area of Canon City. If you’re already in the area or are passing through, you won’t want to miss your chance to take a ride on a Colorado Jeep Tour, which is very paw-friendly! When you book your reservation, let the company know your furry friend will join you. Then, you can enjoy a relaxing and unique way to check out some of the most beautiful sights in Colorado. Some of the tours will even take you over the Royal Gorge Bridge if you don’t feel like walking it yourself.
Old Colorado City is a neighborhood in Colorado Springs. It’s about 94 miles from Nathrop, so be sure to plan this outing when you have time to spare or are already in the Colorado Springs Area. This neighborhood is home to Stratton Open Space, which is a dog-friendly outdoor area that offers several hiking trails for beginner to expert hikers and beach areas where your furry friend can cool down after a long walk. Old Colorado City also has several dog-friendly hotels to check in to if you didn’t get to explore everything you wanted to and decide you want another day of adventure.