You'll find high elevations, beautiful mountainscapes, and pet-friendly terrain in the town of Silver Plume, Colorado! The town sprouted up in the Rocky Mountains as a silver mine in the late 1800s. Now, Silver Plume is a visage of the mining days where many take tours to hike through this uncultivated landscape. If you and your dog are a fan of hiking, this town is definitely the place to be! There are 7 official hiking trails in the Silver Plume, but this area of Colorado is so gorgeous that the trek from your front door to the end of your driveway will have Fido's tail wagging!
Dog owners love living in Silver Plume! Between the village and its neighboring town -- Georgetown -- dog owners have everything they need. Georgetown is only an 8-minute drive from Silver Plume so it's not a big deal visiting. Dog owners are happy to know there is a veterinarian within the Silver Plume city limits for any doggie emergencies. You'll be able to get most other pet supplies in town, but for a pet groomer and official pet shop, you'll need to drive into Georgetown. This "Tail of Two Cities" is great for those who love living the Colorado cowboy lifestyle with their pooches!
Does your dog like to skip out on the hiking but will never say no to a good, hot meal? If your dog likes to go out with you to dinner, then taking the 8-minute drive into South Georgetown is well worth it! Here you'll find a few pet-friendly restaurants that have great doggie approved dining areas perfect for the summer and spring! Check out The Happy Cooker, where you can eat up dishes like biscuits and gravy, huevos rancheros, and the Mountain Meatloaf Sandwich. Another great pet-friendly spot is Mother's Saloon. Here, you and Fido can grab a cold one on an outside deck that overlooks the mountains. Fido's bark means he's ready!
Does your dog like local dives that serve food? Fido knows this is the best spot to chow down on table scraps and get his belly rubbed by the bar patrons! Just drive down I-70 and you'll find the Alpine Restaurant and Bar in the North Georgetown area. This dog-friendly dive serves up hard drinks and hand-tossed pizzas cooked in a brick oven. Other treats on the menu include dishes like the Alpine panini, veggie hummus wrap, and the made-your-way stromboli! Not only this, but you can find trivia and live music at the Alpine Wednesday through Sunday and, of course, Fido's always welcome!
Does your dog love the smell of the evergreen trees that punctuate the land? There's no better way to enjoy the wildlife than to hike through it with your pup! If you live around Watrous Way, you have quick access to the Watrous Gulch Trailhead. This 5.4-mile loop trail is moderately difficult so smaller dogs may have a tough time hiking through the trees and steep inclines. If your dog's an experienced alpinist then you'll be A-okay! The best times to see the views are September through June; otherwise, it might be a little too snow-filled to access. Don't forget to bring your hiking boots and dog leash too!
Does your dog hop right onto the ski lift and is a fearless rider on the gondola? Dogs with an affinity for the alpines will love living right off Herman Lake! Here, their backdoor leads right into the great Colorado outdoors! For experienced hikers, you and your Fido can visit the Mount Machebeuf Trail for a 6-mile hike through the Arapaho National Forest. The trail is pretty steep but you'll have some amazing views. With your dog, it'll take about 7 to 8 hours to complete, so make sure you bring all the provisions for you and the pup! If you and Fido make it to the summit, you'll be standing at 12,805 feet!
Does your dog think he's a Bernese Mountain Dog? No matter what kind of dog you have, living in Herman Gulch is definitely living the mountaineering spirit for both you and your doggo! If you're looking for a moderate hike here, you can check out the Herman Gulch Trail, which is a 6.3-mile hike to the top. If you go during the summer or spring season, you'll be in the midst of conifers and evergreens with amazing views that will have Fido howling! Most experienced hikers advise going in the summer once the snow is melted. Don't forget the leash!