Community parks are ready to serve the pawpulation. Opened in 2016, Timnath City Park is southeast of downtown in a growing residential district. The 10-acre park is good for an on-leash stretch, and plans are in the works to add an off-leash dog run in Phase 2 of the park’s development. The more natural Wild Wing Park on the north end of Timnath gives your pups wide-open fields near the scenic reservoir, plus disc golf if you need a challenge.
The Timnath Reservoir itself is designated public open space, and only Timnath residents can receive a free "Shore Pass" for fishing, swimming, and hiking along the water and a fee-based "Surface Pass" for boating. Fortunately, your pups are residents, too: they're welcome to join you (on-leash) for some paddling.
While Timnath will soon attract canine comforts like grooming, pet supply stores, and veterinarians, for now, your fur-babies will rely on the nearby suburbs. There are plenty of good options within a 15-minute drive. With 24-hour emergency vet care and 76 dog-friendly restaurant patios — plus a dog-friendly tap room at New Belgium Brewing Company — Fort Collins has everything you'll need.
The downtown commercial district of Timnath is a blend of old and new, with older structures dating to Timnath’s 19th century farm-town history mixed with tasteful new businesses. Sidewalks begin at Timnath Elementary School on the north end of town and continue south to Harmony Road. Head a block west on Harmony and a few yards north on Weitzel to reach Gateway Park. Also called Weitzel Park, Gateway is an open green space tucked behind Main Street with room for a quick frolic or game of fetch. It’s also your best access point to the extensive paved running trail between the pond and the Cache la Poudre River, a smooth and scenic way to boost your fur family's fitness.
Just west of Downtown Timnath across I-25, the Arapaho Bend Natural Area is a peaceful preserve for flora and fauna, including 80 species of birds for your buddy to bark about. Though you'll share the space with fishermen and equestrians, Arapaho Bend welcomes on-leash dogs throughout its lakeside paths and picnic spots. There are four miles of hiking trails that lead you and your buddy around ponds and the Rigden Reservoir to the ruins of the Strauss Cabin, one of the oldest log cabin settlements in the area. Arapaho Bend is one of 33 designated city natural areas in the Fort Collins metro area that welcome on-leash pups. Get a full map and guide to the Fort Collins Nature Areas on the city’s website.
Between Timnath and its northern neighbor Arrowhead is a string of Fort Mill public nature preserves, several of which are directly adjacent to one another. Closest to home — and offering 2 miles of dog-friendly hiking trails — the well-named Running Deer is a place for Spot to spot both the white-tail and mule varieties. One of Running Deer’s trails leads into nearby Cottonwood Hollow Natural Area, featuring 39 ponds for your pup’s splashing pleasure. Directly next door, the Prospect Ponds Natural Area features the Poudre River Trail along its western edge. Closer to Arrowhead, you’ll find three miles of trails at Riverbend Ponds and a mile at Kingfisher that wind among the waterways in these pawpular bird-watching spots.