Get lost in the vast mountain forest of Golden Gate Canyon State Park, located just outside of Denver, Colorado. The 12,000 acres of this park offer just about everything a camper could want -- no matter what level of adventure you are going for! Whether you like backcountry trekking or glamping in a yurt, you will find it in this state park (with your pooch in tow, no less).
The state park has something for everyone, with regular sites available for reservation during peak season from Memorial Day to October. In the offseason, these sites become first-come-first-serve. Be aware when booking that the Reverend's Ridge campsites are the only ones that provide flush toilets. The rest of the park offers vault toilets only. It's also good to note that through the winter, showers are turned off and the dump stations are closed. In this park, there are cabins and yurts that you may reserve all year long, and there are even 4 backcountry sites that come with basic shelters, though these wilderness sites prohibit campfires.
There's always lots to do in Golden Gate Canyon, with abundant trails to explore and programs provided by the state park -- including Kids Hour Programs for junior campers. There is excellent fishing within the park, though a license is needed to cast a line. Rock climbers will find fun challenges in the backcountry, though no equipment is provided for the summit. Biking, picnicking, horseback riding, and hunting are other popular activities in this wilderness.
The state park is happy to welcome all furry campers, as long as they are on a standard 6-foot leash at all times, and their owners clean up all dog bombs left behind. If you are planning on staying in a yurt, note that your barky buddy will cost an extra $10 per night of stay.
You can head out into the woods at Golden Gate Canyon State Park, so add this one to your list if wild exploring is you and your pup's favorite pastime!