Less than an hour south of Denver, the rustic town of Pine is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Surrounded by mountains, you and your pooch can hike the trails and explore the wildlife in the beautiful canyon. When Fido needs to go for his annual checkup, there is one veterinarian clinic in town offering both routine appointments and emergency services.
If you enjoy camping in the great outdoors, Pine features several campgrounds throughout the area. The Meadows Group Campground on the Colorado Trail is just a short drive to Wellington Lake. The elevation is 7,400 feet, and you and Fido will enjoy hiking the trailheads through Buffalo Creek and the Lost Creek Wilderness. The campsites feature access to picnic tables and vault toilets, but you need to bring your own water and keep your pup on a leash.
The Buffalo Campground on Forest Road is another option when camping in Pine. The friendly camp hosts will answer your questions and your pooch will love sniffing the spring flowers. The campground is popular with families and their furry pals – so be sure to keep Fido on a leash.
Families who enjoy spending an evening out with their furry family members should head over to Zoka’s Restaurant & Bar on S Pine Valley Road. The outdoor deck seating welcomes your pup and you can admire the foothills while dining on a great meal.
If you want to enjoy mountain activities, yet close proximity to a big city, Pine is the perfect destination.
Pine Valley Ranch Park on Crystal Lake Road is a beautiful area where you can take Fido fishing from the docks or hiking along the mountain trails. The trails do not offer much shade, so be sure to pack plenty of water bottles for you and your pup, and choose one of the shorter trails if you are hiking with young children or a mature pooch. You will need to keep Fido on a leash as you explore the area around the river. There are restrooms located throughout the park where you can dispose of doggie waste bags.
People from all over the country come to the Pine area to visit the Staunton State Park. This state park covers almost 4,000 acres and features amazing streams and breathtaking waterfalls. You can hike with your pup along the rock outcroppings and admire the scenery. You will want to keep your pooch on a leash, as you encounter a variety of wildlife, including bears in the higher portions of the park. The paths are well maintained, and there are bathrooms available. Plan a day of hiking with your pup along the Elk Falls Overlook, or hike even further to see the waterfall at Lion’s Head.
You and Fido can access the Cathedral Spires Park Trailhead on SW Platte River Road and hike to the point of the mountain about a quarter of a mile in. The peaceful atmosphere is just what you need after a long day and you will hear the river nearby. You will want to hike this trail when you and your pup are feeling especially energetic since the 1,200-foot approach is strenuous. Once you have reached your destination, you will be amazed by the views and the beauty of the area. Be sure to keep your pup on a leash and pack your own doggie waste bags.
When planning a day of hiking with the family, the Buffalo Creek Mountain Bike parking lot can be found on S Buffalo Creek Road just 7 minutes south of Pine. There are a variety of trails for all skill levels. Spend the day with your older pup hiking easier trails, or climb the higher paths with your energetic pup. There are bathrooms available near the parking lot, and the trails are well maintained. You will need to keep Fido on a leash while hiking these popular trails.