The tiny, unincorporated community of Placerville in southwestern Colorado has plenty of recreation options in the vicinity. You will find the community on your way to Telluride, at the foot of Whipple Mountain. Placerville overlooks the stream of San Miguel River and offers a standard set of amenities for locals, including shops and convenience stores. If you travel here with Fido, you may want to explore the surrounding campgrounds! You can also have tons of fun in Telluride, where you'll also find veterinary services.
The best way to take in the beauty of Colorado's nature is to have a picnic in a beautiful park. Placerville Park is a simple city park with several picnic shelters. Here, you can bring Fido with you for a fun day out with the whole family -- the park is big enough for everyone! You can also walk along the perimeter on-leash.
Caddis Flat is a very cool primitive campground near the San Miguel River. Here, you'll find three well-developed campsites and several parking lots for trailers and RVs. The area is more than just scenic, with forest turning into a desert. What a view! Your loyal furry baby will be glad to spend a few days with you here on-leash. Keep in mind that there’s no drinking water in the camp.
Uncompahgre National Forest is a sprawling forest on the western slope of Colorado's Rocky Mountains. The area features the plateau and a northern portion of San Juan Mountains. Uncompahgre National Forest contains three wilderness areas and is connected to Grand Mesa and Gunnison National Forest. Together, they make a fantastic attraction for your leashed Fido! There are thousands of acres of land and miles of trails! You can visit breathtaking natural wonders as the Bridal Veil Falls and Alpine Tunnel. The latter is the highest tunnel with railroads in North America! Bring a lot of drinking water with you and prepare for a pawtastic adventure!
Telluride is a touristy place in Colorado that's home to The Gondola! This is a pawpular attraction which will transport you to Mountain Village and back free of charge! Yes, you can take a furry baby with you. The eastern portion of Telluride is especially pet-friendly. Here, you will find Town Park, which is a perfect place to play with Fido on-leash. Is there nobody in the fields? You can let your pup off-leash and throw a Frisbee for a while! There’s also a campground nearby if you want to stay overnight. The town has something for hikers, too -- Bear Creek Trail is a pet-friendly path from Town Park to breathtaking waterfalls!
Ridgway, nicknamed "Gateway to the San Juans", is a tiny town in Colorado featuring residential quarters, gas stations, and pit-stops where you can grab some snacks. If you are on your way to Ouray, stop in Ridgway to sniff out the local outdoor attractions. You can start with Hartwell Park, a green venue with annual Farmer Markets. Have a quick look at San Juan Hut System. It's a well-developed network of multipurpose trails for any activity, including cross-country skiing and mountain biking! Then, head to Dennis Weaver Memorial Park at the very northern end of the city. Here, you will enjoy scenic nature and miles of walking trails. Don't forget your leash and waste baggies!
Like many other cities in Colorado, Ouray is a very friendly area with a charming downtown. You can have a great time with Fido here! Best of all, downtown has a cool dog park near the river. Ouray Dog Park is a furrific, fenced area where your pup can run all their energy off and make friends! Just across the river, you will find a campground. You and your canine companion can enjoy a retreat from the daily grind here. One of the advantages of this campground is that it’s close to Main Street -- and its pet-friendly restaurants! Ouray Brewery is a pet-friendly joint with outdoor seating. Enjoy a cold one in the shade with Fido by your side!
Dunton is a tiny area at the very northern end of Dolores in southwest Colorado. Here, you will find a bunch of log buildings and total freedom! Dunton Hot Springs is a fantastic pet-friendly resort made from the old mining community. The resort is a 5-star hotel with all the amenities you could pawssibly want, including natural hot springs and WiFi. This gorgeous place is a pawpular spot for weddings! But if you prefer to "ruff" it, Burro Bridge Campground is also an option. It’s a seasonal pet-friendly resort 2 miles north from Dunton, open from May to December. The campground has 14 sites with easy access to the forest. However, it’s best to bring drinking water with you.