Tucked among the rolling San Isobel Foothills on the banks of Greenhorn Creek, it’s hard to deny that Rye, CO is in a seriously scenic spot. The tiny town is surrounded by forest and waterways, including one that’s home to the last school of Arkansas River greenback cutthroat trout (try saying that one three times fast).
Rye does have another claim to fame -- it’s home to Bishop’s Castle, one of America’s most beautiful roadside attractions. The castle began its life as a one-room cabin, but over several decades local man Jim Bishop added to the structure, and the building now boasts Gaudi-esque turrets, stained glass windows, and spiral staircases, as well as some more whimsical constructions such as a dragon made entirely from steel bedpans. Your pooch is welcome to explore with you as long as they're leashed, but it’s best to call ahead first.
With a population of two hundred or so, Rye is a little too small to sustain its own dog park, but you and your doggo are still sure to sniff out something to do! There’s a community park in town that’s just pawfect for leashed walks, and given that Rye is bordered by so much natural wonder, it should come as no surprise that the town is close by some fantastically Fido-friendly hiking trails. You might need to drive a little to get the best for your buddy, but don’t worry -- you’ll find plenty of off-leash adventure options a bit fur-ther afield!