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Fewer than 500 people live in the community of Tabernash in Grand County, Colorado. There's plenty to do in and around Tabernash, and the wintery climate makes it an ideal place to enjoy snowy activities like skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking. You and your adventurous dog will have all sorts of things to do together, and in addition to a variety of dog-friendly trails and parks, there are also a few off-leash parks not far from Tabernash. The winter season may be long in Tabernash, but that just means there's more time to enjoy the best time of the year in Colorado!
Eastern Tabernash is home to Devil's Thumb Ranch, a place known for its Nordic sporting facilities, beautiful surroundings, spa, restaurants, and other activities. Devil's Thumb Ranch sits on more than 6,000 acres of land, and in that space, there are more than eight miles of dog-friendly trails to explore with your dog on a leash. Some trails aren't dog-friendly, but they're all marked, so you'll know where to go. You can also enjoy cross-country skiing, horseback riding, cattle driving, fly fishing, and so much more. You and your dog are sure to love Devil's Thumb Ranch, and there are paw-lenty of other dog-friendly activities nearby.
In just over an hour, you and your dog can drive from Tabernash to northeastern Evergreen, Colorado and the Elk Meadow Open Space Bark Park. Elk Meadow is a 107-acre park that's definitely worth the trip! Your dog must remain on a leash throughout most of the park, but there are six acres of fenced space where dogs can play and socialize off-leash. You'll also find more than three miles of trails to trek with your dog, and along the way, you'll come across creeks and other spots to explore. During the summer, you'll see lots of dogs swimming in certain areas along the trails, so remember to bring a towel!
If you drive south of Tabernash for 20 miles, you'll arrive at Colorado Mines Peak and Blue Lake Trail. It's close to Idaho Springs, and this trail takes you to the breathtaking Colorado Mines Peak where you're rewarded with incredible views not only at the summit but throughout your hike. The hike is 3.8 miles, and your dog is welcome to make the climb with you if you keep them on their leash. This hike is considered moderate, and visitors recommend checking it out between June and August. In addition to dog walkers and hikers, the trail is also popular with snowshoers.
You can access the Fraser River trailhead in northern Winter Park, Colorado, and it's only 15 miles from Tabernash. Fraser River Trail is a 6.3-mile trail that's paved with asphalt and crushed stone, and it spans from Winter Park to Fraser, Colorado. This trail is one of 1,600 trails in America that were created from formerly abandoned railway lines. These trails now connect across the entire country and provide all sorts of recreational opportunities, including inline skating, cycling, horseback riding, jogging, and more. Your dog can check out the lovely views along the Fraser River Trail with you if they're on a leash.
If you're looking for a good way to spend an afternoon with your dog near Tabernash, check out the Watrous Gulch Trail near Georgetown, Colorado. You can get there in less than an hour, and this incredible hike is a great reward for your drive. This trail is in the Arapaho National Park, and it will take about four hours to complete with your dog. The four-mile hike only experiences light traffic, so you'll enjoy a clean and serene trek with your dog. This hike is considered difficult, so it isn't recommended for inexperienced hikers. Be sure to keep Fido on a leash during your hike!
Skyscraper Reservoir is a 9.9-mile trail near Eldora, Colorado in a valley between Woodland Mountain and Skyscraper Peak. It's only 20 miles from Tabernash, and this dog-friendly hike will take about eight hours to complete. During your hike, you and your dog will come across three lakes where they can swim, and there's plenty of open space along the way. The terrain is soft and ideal for sensitive paws. You'll also come across various wildflowers and mushrooms, streams, meadows, valleys, and plenty of other scenic stops. Be sure to dress warm and bring a towel to dry your dog off after they swim.
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