Although it’s only 50 miles from downtown Denver, Ponderosa Park feels a world away from the big city. This small, tightly-knit community is a quiet place to live or visit, with lots of pawsome amenities within a short drive in the larger, surrounding Denver suburbs. Ponderosa Park has two veterinary clinics right in town to care for your furry friend!
For a furrific park, you and Fido will have to travel about six miles down the road to Evans Park in the neighboring town of Elizabeth. Evans Park is a beautiful place to go for a walk with your leashed dog! This large park has tons of natural landscaping that includes a nature trail that makes a half-mile loop starting at the park’s Scotts Pond. Along this easy walk, you and your pooch will be able to take in some stunning valley views! There’s also benches and picnic tables near the path where you and Fido can relax. The park’s second pond, Evans Park Pond, is another woofderful spot to grab a seat on a bench and soak in the scenery. The pond also has fishing access. Leashed dogs are welcome throughout the park, except on the athletic fields.
Whether you and Fido are locals or just visiting, you’ll have a tail-wagging good time exploring in and around Ponderosa Park!
You and your furry friend don’t have to travel far for off-leash fun! Check out The Colorado Horse Park neighborhood in Parker, about six miles from Ponderosa Park. There, you and your pup will have a blast visiting the 205-acre Bayou Gulch Regional Park and its two-acre Bayou Gulch Dog Park. This fully fenced-in off-leash area has lots of grass where your pooch can play and socialize with other pups. There are pine trees, mountain views and benches. Be sure to save some energy to check out the 4.68 miles of dirt trails that sprawl through the natural areas of Bayou Gulch Regional Park. There’s also a 1.48-mile paved walking path. Leashed dogs are welcome outside the dog park, and you’ll find lots of amenities like drinking fountains, picnic tables and restrooms.
Want to log some miles with your leashed dog? Head to Parker’s North Pinery neighborhood, about seven miles from Ponderosa Park. This neighborhood is home to a hefty stretch of the Pinery Loop Trail. You and your pooch will love trotting along this four-mile multiuse trail that winds through residential areas while also providing sweeping views and plenty of natural landscape, too. Follow the trail to the nearby Pinery Nature Park where you’ll find a picnic area and a paved path. For another furrific neighborhood park, check out Sunridge Hollow Park! You and Fido will love romping or relaxing in the lush grass. There’s also picnic tables, a playground and several benches.
Check out a pawsitively puptastic picnic area in Parker’s The Pinery neighborhood! About eight miles from Ponderosa Park, you and Fido will love the facilities at Lakeshore Park. This pristinely kept neighborhood park has lots of lush, manicured lawn area where you and your pooch can spread out a blanket and chow down, mature trees, plus several benches and a covered area with picnic tables. Lakeshore Park has woofderful mountain views, too! This quiet park has a paved walking path that meanders around the perimeter that has fitness stations along the way. For an even longer walk, head just across the street to the west to the adjacent trailhead for the four-mile Pinery Loop Trail.
Visit one of the area’s most pawpular and beautiful parks in Parker’s Idyllwilde neighborhood! About nine miles from Ponderosa Park, this new and beautiful residential neighborhood is also home to the 12-acre Tallman Meadow Park. Carpeted with verdant lawn, this park is a puptacular place for playtime with your leashed dog! There are also trees dispersed throughout, and wildlife can often be seen milling around the area, which means Fido won’t run out of fun scents to sniff! This big, beautiful park has lots of amenities too, like a large picnic pavilion, a playground, playfields, restrooms, gardens and a paved walking trail that meets up with the three-mile Tallman Gulch Trail that winds through the area. For a smaller park with a playground, check out Skylar Park just a few blocks away.
If you want some serious Rocky Mountain views while exercising your pooch, head to Franktown’s Whispering Pines neighborhood, about 10 miles from Ponderosa Pines. This neighborhood’s Whispering Pines Park has stunning views of the mountainous horizon, making it an especially woofderful place to visit with your leashed pooch! There’s lots of grass where your furry friend can roll around and play, plus mature trees to provide much-needed shade on warm days. Whispering Pines Park also has a playground, a covered picnic pavilion, athletic fields and a sand volleyball court. There are portable restrooms at this pawesome park, however, you’ll need to bring your own water for you and Fido.