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The small rural town of Norwood, Colorado, lies in the southwest portion of the state, on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains. This tiny town covers a total of .3 square miles and began in 1887. Norwood is frequented by visitors anxious to enjoy Colorado’s beautiful mountain scenery. This town is dog-friendly throughout and offers the San Miguel Veterinary Clinic, ready to take care of any health care needs your pawtastic pup may have.
For some great outdoor adventure, pack up your pup and head to the Uncompahgre National Forest, just north of Norwood. This national forest is connected to two others – the Grand Mesa and Gunnison National Forest, which offers an amazing 3 million acres of exploration for you and your fur-ever friend. There are miles of hiking trails throughout, for all pup-abilities. Visit Bridal Veil Falls, a 350’ high wonder, the Alpine Tunnel, and 300 spectacular lakes for fishing and swimming. Let your pup enjoy cooling off and splashing around while here. Because of the altitude changes here, be sure to pack and drink plenty of water while enjoying the fresh air.
Bring a camera and your pup to make some memories in the spectacular town of Norwood.
The Judy Long Memorial Park, in the Colorado Avenue neighborhood, of the town of Telluride, 33 miles southeast of Norwood, is the place for picnicking and relaxing with your fur-ever friend. Walking paths are in abundance here. Or visit the Telluride Elks Park where you and your pup can find summer movies and concerts in the park. When you and Fido get hungry, head to La Cocina de Luz or The Butcher and Baker’s several pet-friendly outdoor tables. You can also check out The Baked in Telluride or Between the Covers bookstore and café with their outdoor pet-friendly tables.
Town Park, in the South Telluride neighborhood, of the town of Telluride, 33 miles southeast of Norwood, offers something for everyone and every pup! There is a swimming pool, fishing pond and Imagination Station playground for the kiddos. Horseshoe and tennis courts and a disc golf course offer plenty of fun for you to show off your skills to your pup, and plenty of walking paths to take Fido for a stroll. Restrooms and water fountains are on site. You can rent just about any sports equipment you need as well. Don’t forget to visit the sledding hill in winter!
The town of Ophir, lies 39 miles southeast of Norwood, and is great spot to enjoy hiking with your pawtastic pup! Jump on the Bear Creek Trail which will take you on a 4.5-mile adventure past a beautiful lake. This is where you should take out the camera for some great memories of Fido. Keep your fur-ever friend on leash throughout this journey as wildlife abounds in this area. This trail is rated as a moderate climb, so be sure to plan accordingly. This mountainous hike offers elevation changes, so bring plenty of water for both you and your pup.
Head to Placerville Park, in the town of Placerville, 17 miles southeast of Norwood, for some outside, fresh-air fun! There is a lake that take center stage here, which offers plenty of open, grassy areas surrounding the water, perfect for relaxing with your fur-ever friend. Spread out a blanket and read a book with your pup by your side, or, if Fido likes to play ball, this is the place to be. Trails meander along the lakefront, and there is a cool playground for the kids. Restrooms and water fountains are provided, but be sure to bring mutt mitts along.
Look no further than the town of West Ridgway, just 39 miles east of Norwood, for hiking galore. Your pawtastic pup is welcome in Box Factory Park where you can jump on the Box Factory Trail #200. This trail runs along the old railroad tracks and follows the entire length of West Fork Dallas Creek, until it stops at the boundary of the Uncompahgre Wilderness area. Many people visit here to do some horseback riding or backpacking. This is a day use area therefore camping is not allowed here. Your fur-ever friend is allowed here off-leash on this multi-use trail.
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