Wheat Ridge, Colorado was once a popular place for settlers to stop during the Gold Rush of the 1850s. Today, it's a municipality of Jefferson County and a suburb of Denver. This quaint locale offers sweeping views of the nearby Rocky Mountains, which offer lots of op-paw-tunities for you and your pooch to get some exercise and enjoy nature together.
There are also a few Fido-friendly spots right in town, so you're never far from dog-friendly fun. You'll find seven dog-friendly restaurants here where your dog can dine with you (or beg from a bite from your plate). Be sure to stop by Large Marge’s Philly Cheesesteaks. This restaurant offers dog-friendly outdoor seating and a variety of -- you guessed it! -- cheesesteaks to choose from. The staff is very friendly and loves to fuss over doggie diners!
Another great establishment to check out is the Colorado Plus Brew Pub. This spot is loved by local and visiting dog owners alike. It's in a convenient location, and offers outdoor seating for pups and their parents. While you select a dish and your favorite brew from the large menu, the staff will bring out a bowl of water for your pup!
This historic suburb is the pawfect place to chow down with your hound before heading off into the Rocky Mountains for a hike!
Lookout Mountain is just 11 miles from Wheat Ridge, and has a great hiking trail for you and your pooch. The Beaver Brook Trail sits at the south edge of Clear Creek Canyon and is a little rocky in some spots. There's also a river that crosses the trail several times, which is the perfect place for your pup to make a splash on a hot day. This out-and-back hike is a difficult one, especially on the way back, so be sure you're prepared! Pack extra water and doggy waste bags. The trees provide some mutts-needed shade along the way, though. Be sure to bring a camera -- the view from Lookout Mountain is pawsitively breathtaking!
Just 24 miles away, you'll find Chatfield State Park, which has an amenity that many state parks lack: an off-leash dog park! The designated off-leash area stretches over 70 fenced-in acres so your pooch has plenty of room to explore safely! Your pooch will love walking on the various trails and splashing in the ponds here. Beware, though: the trails are paved, and may get too hot for your pup's paws in warm weather. You will want to bring water for yourself and bags to clean up after your canine pal. There are water fountains available for your pooch, as well as a hose to wash your pup off before you leave. You'll need to pay a fee to enter this park, which can be paid daily or yearly.
If you like hiking, you're in the right place! The Colorado Trail is located 11 miles from What Ridge and has a unique feature: dogs are allowed off-leash in certain areas along the trail! However, some areas require that dogs stay on their leash. Pay close attention to the signage -- the rules are clearly posted. There are plenty of trees for shade along this grassy and dirt trail, which makes it a good place to hike even on a hot day. Keep in mind that you will need to bring water and waste bags, since these aren't provided on the trail. Grab your pup’s leash and head out for some exercise!
This puptastic neighborhood has a great place for you and your pooch to hike. The Flatirons Vista and Doudy Draw Trail is located 23 miles from Wheat Ridge, Colorado. This trail is a 3.7-mile, easy hike, but it does have a lot of twists and turns and becomes narrow in some spots. Something to keep in mind is that there is not much shade on this trail. You will want to bring water and doggie bags for cleaning up after your pooch. Your pup can even enjoy a nice swim at the pond here. Leash up your pup, lace up your best hiking shoes, and head on out for a furrific day of hiking!