Ophir is a place that some people refer to a ghost town, with a population of just 170 residents. This rural area is still home to historical buildings and houses, but its days as a booming mining town are long gone. Today, Ophir is a small populated area near Ames. You won't find any dog-friendly fun within Ophir itself, so you'll need to travel to Telluride, located north of Ophir and home to two veterinary hospitals, a park, cafes, and even free gondola rides from Telluride to Mountain Village.
Telluride is extremely dog-friendly! Like many places in Colorado, there are plenty of walking trails and hiking spots here, such as San Miguel River Trail. This is a popular place to hike with Fido, following the rushing stream of the river and cooling off in the swimming holes along the way. No matter what season you decide to visit, San Miguel River Trail offers outdoor fun for every member of the family -- furry ones included!
Your pup can even ride with you on Telluride's gondola -- which, by the way, is America's first and only transportation system which is completely free to use! Every third cart is pet-friendly. Enjoy a relaxing ride into Mountain Village and stop by Tracks Café and Bar, a casual joint that's perfect for a quick bite and beer. The outdoor tables are pet-friendly!
Explore the western part of Telluride, the home of Telluride Town Park, the main and favorite attraction among locals and visitors. This fun area has several scenic multi-purpose fields, a small fishing pond, and a number of spots to camp under the sky! Pooches are always welcome to join their parents on-leash, but if there is nobody on the field, you can let your buddy off-leash to run around the park. The locals are usually friendly, but make sure your mutt is under voice control. Hungry? Grab a bite at The Butcher and Baker Café, a delicious American bakery with pet-friendly outdoor tables and a comfy atmosphere!
Ouray is a small, cozy town tucked into the northern domain of Silverton, not far from the ghost town of Ironton. The downtown area features a number of cultural attractions with museums and historical spots. Leave these traditional attractions to ordinary tourists! You and your buddy will have much more fun in Ouray Dog Park, a pet-friendly facility on the banks of Uncompahgre River with plenty of room to run and play. Enjoy the beautiful mountain views from the park, then visit downtown to grab some grub. Main Street is packed with pet-friendly eateries. How about Maggie's Kitchen, a low-key cafe with outdoor tables and the best burgers in Colorado?
True thrill-seekers prefer visiting abandoned places and ghost towns instead of the usual tourist attractions and bustling muttropolitan areas. (Besides, you can always visit museums and similar attractions on a rainy day.) Ironton, located between Ouray and Silverton, is a small ghost town, and yet it's a place that’s worth visiting. Away from the hustle and bustle, you will find the abandoned area of Ironton Park, a lush and beautiful facility with a pet-friendly extension to play and run off-leash. Try and find this hidden spot across from Million Dollar Highway, not far from Full Moon Gulch, and enjoy a bone-a fide experience of a ghost town which is still pet-friendly!
Lakeside is a friendly neighborhood in East Cortez, Colorado about an hour's drive south of Ophir. You will love the quiet atmosphere of Denny Park, centered on the lake and a pawfect place for a leashed walk around the waterline. Make sure that your buddy doesn't try to swim! Need some off-leash freedom? Head to Cortez Dog Park, located within Denny Park’s main area. This doggy spot is an amazing place to play fetch or make a few new friends! The single area makes it easier to socialize with pooches of all sizes, and tired pet owners will appreciate the benches in the dog park.
Roosa Avenue follows the stream of Animas River in Durango, overlooking the city center and passing by Schneider Park and Greenmount Cemetery. Not far from where the road merges with U.S. 160 is where you'll find Durango Off-Leash Dog Park, centered on Lightner Creek. This is a pawesome place to stop by on your journey around Colorado! Your pooch will appreciate the opportunity to stretch his legs and burn some energy. The fenced doggy spot protects escape artists from fleeing and offers enough room to run. There may not be any visitors at the park, especially during the day, so bring some toys with you to play fetch and have fun with your pup!