As a northwest suburb of Denver, Westminster is a beautiful destination for Fido and his family. The city is a popular location for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy open spaces and spending time with their pup hiking trails. The town also features Standley Lake Regional Park offering 1,063-acres of land where residents can hike, bike, or camp, in addition to fishing or boating. Pups and their parents often spend the day strolling around the lake or taking in the sunset in the evening.
Another popular activity for families and their dogs is hiking the 13-mile long Farmers’ High Line Canal Trail that stretches between Standley Lake and Thornton. The paved and unpaved trail follows along the irrigation canal with access to several local parks and open spaces along the way.
With six different veterinarian clinics and animal hospitals, you will not need to worry about finding quality medical care for your pooch. These clinics offer a friendly staff and quick appointments to make sure Fido is well-taken care of in both routine and emergency situations. If you are looking for healthy food for your pup, stop in at Kriser’s Natural Pet store where the friendly staff can give you some suggestions and you can pick up a new collar or toy for Fido. An interesting service offered in town is DoodyCalls, a pet waste removal company that will come to your home or business and clean up after your pup, so you don’t have to.
Finding a great pup-friendly restaurant is also easy in Westminster. Bender’s is a great sports-oriented restaurant where you can meet up with friends to watch the game while snacking on some nachos, wings or burgers. You and your pup are welcome on the outdoor patio where Fido will be given his own bowl of water and snacks. Another option for a good meal is Quaker Steak & Lube, where you can enjoy a variety of food choices and relax on the patio with your pup while chatting with other dog lovers.
One of the best features of the Butterfly Pavilion neighborhood is the Westminster Hills Off Leash Dog Park. Locals love to visit the park with both large and small pups to enjoy the grassy areas, trails, and a creek that runs through the middle of the park. If your pooch loves getting wet, he can join the other water lovers and frolic in the creek. The park also offers a water fountain, so be sure to bring a bowl and water bottles for yourself and Fido. You can relax on one of the benches while your pooch runs off some energy, but be sure to bring your sunglasses and hat because there is not much shade. You may also want to put your pup on a leash and walk over to Standley Lake where you can see an eagle’s nest and other birds. If you get hungry, stop over at Emilio’s Almost Famous Mexican Restaurant where you and your pup can enjoy authentic Mexican food on the outdoor patio.
The Big Dry Creek Trail is part of the extensive trail system in Westminster, and can be found inside the Big Dry Creek Park. Also here is the Big Dry Creek Dog Park, an off-leash park that is fully fenced, and offers benches in the shade where puppy parents can relax. Water fountains are also available, and your pup will be able to run and play and get rid of excess energy. The agility equipment in the park is excellent if you are trying to train your genius pooch to do a variety of tricks. After a day at the park, head over to North Side Tavern where you can sit back and chat with friends at the dog-friendly outdoor tables. The friendly staff will help to meet you and your pups needs.
If you are searching for a clean park in the Sheridan Green neighborhood, you will not be disappointed with Westminster City Park. The wide-open space features several athletic fields as well as a playground for the children. You and Fido can walk along the paths throughout the park and take a rest at one of the picnic tables scattered throughout the area. The fishing lake provides a beautiful view of the mountains in the background. Water fountains are also available, but you will need to bring your own doggie waste bags to help keep the park clean. When Fido needs even more exercise, you can access the Big Dry Creek Trail from the park. If you get hungry, stop off at Bar Louie where you can enjoy handcrafted drinks and home-made food on the dog-friendly outdoor patio. The Tuk Tuk Thai Bistro is another pooch-friendly restaurant where you can meet with friends and Fido.
The Cedar Bridge neighborhood offers a great location to walk your pooch and enjoy nature at the same time. Check out the Northwest Open Space featuring 50-acres of land with athletic fields and paths to stroll with your pooch. As one of the most popular parks in the neighborhood, you will often find other canine lovers out walking with their pups admiring the wildlife and flowers. Be sure to bring your own doggie waste bags and there are trash cans located throughout the area to keep the park clean. After some vigorous exercise, you may want to stop off at Hideaway Steakhouse where you can enjoy a delicious steak with your pooch at one of the outdoor tables. If you are out and about in the morning, check out Zoe’s Coffee, where you can start the day with a hand-crafted coffee and breakfast or lunch with Fido at one of the patio tables.
Located in the Amherst Park neighborhood, Amherst Park offers 6.4 acres of space to spend time with your family and Fido. You will often find residents out playing a game of soccer on the field or pups and their parents having a furtastic time roaming the open spaces or relaxing at one of the picnic tables. You can walk laps with your pooch and refill your water bottles at the water fountain, but bring your own doggie waste bags to clean up. The park is well-maintained, and the playground is perfect for taking both two and four-legged children to run off excess energy. If you are looking for something for dinner, head over to Fuzzy’s Taco Shop where you can enjoy a Mexican meal with your pooch at the outdoor tables.