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Oak Creek is a town nestled in the Colorado Rockies which enjoys year-round visitors and long-term residents. Originally a coal mining town, today you will find an eclectic mix of people from all walks of life. This makes for a puptastic place to visit. There are even 7 veterinarians in the nearby city of Steamboat Springs, qualified to care for any health concerns your fur-iendly pup may have!
Two parks in Oak Creek are just waiting for you and your fur-ever friend. Try Decker Park which is small yet packed with lots of activities. You can walk Fido among the landscaped grounds or do some fishing. There is also a creek that kids can play in. Keep pup on a leash and he is welcome to romp in the water as well! Or visit Stagecoach State Park which has an 820-acre reservoir where you can put in your boat and take your fur-ever friend for a spin or do some fishin’ and relaxin’! This is the place to take a picnic lunch to share at the provided tables. How about an overnighter with your best pup? Camping facilities are plentiful and pup-tastic!
Oak Creek is your ticket to the great outdoors!
In the Southeast Oak Creek neighborhood of Oak Creek, you will find a pawtastic place for an outdoor overnighter with your fur-iendly pup! The Shoe and Stocking Campground lies directly on the Shoe and Stocking Creek and offers lots of hiking opportunities right from your campsite. Let Fido run off leash here and play in the water. These are more rustic facilities, so be sure to plan accordingly and bring plenty of food, water and other necessary supplies. This rural outing requires a bit of planning to make sure you and your pup are acclimated to the area’s higher altitude.
Visit the town of Yampa, 9 miles south of Oak Creek, where you and your pup can start an outdoor adventure at the Bear Lake Campground. This location is pup-friendly and offers many prime fishing locations and boating fun. Many people like to bring their canoes or paddle boards to these quiet waters. You will find many hiking opportunities with your pup here. For a short stroll, head down to the waterfront and relax or jump on the Stillwater Trailhead which begins just down the road from your campsite. Be sure to pack plenty of water for your hiking adventures.
Emerald Park, in the Steamboat Springs neighborhood of the city of Steamboat Springs, is just 21 miles north of Oak Creek and offers open play areas to roam and direct Yampa River access! Pups must remain on leash, and clean up stations are provided. Or try either Little Toots Park or West Lincoln Park which both provide direct access to the Yampa River Core Nature/Hiking Trail. Restrooms and fountains are located at all parks. Are you hungry yet? Dine at the Backcountry Delicatessen, The Egg and I, or Scratch where you will find multiple dog-friendly outdoor patio dining tables.
The South Steamboat Springs neighborhood of the city of Steamboat Springs, just 21 miles north of Oak Creek, is home to the Emerald Mountain Quarry and your ticket to pup-tastic fun! This popular hiking destination is where you and your pup can connect with nature on this 3.8 mile out and back trail. It is a prime birdwatching location, so be sure to pack a pair of binoculars. The terrain is assessed as moderate, so plan according to your pup’s ability. Be sure to bring along plenty of water, and pack a picnic lunch to share along this scenic trail.
Pack up your pup and head to the Elk River Mountain Ranch neighborhood of the city of Steamboat Springs, 21 miles north of Oak Creek. Here you will find the Christina State Wildlife Area where you and your pawtastic friend can enjoy the great outdoors. This is prime trout fishing territory, so don’t forget your rod and reel and show off your casting skills! Afterwards, you can hike for miles throughout this wilderness area. And if you want to spend a bit more time, plan ahead to stay at their dog-friendly camping facilities. Keep Fido on leash at the campsites.
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