No matter the season, you and your trusty fur-buddy can head to the White River National Forest to find Sylvan Lake State Park -- a natural haven in the wild lands of Colorado. Low mountains surround the body of water, all of which are covered with trees, making for an excellent place to spend days exploring.
The grounds here have something for every type of camper, with cabins, yurts, and campsites up for reservation. Several of the cabins allow pooches inside, as does one of the yurts and all of the 46 sites. Drinking water is available on-site, though hookups of any kind are not provided. If you're visiting during the summer months, you'll have access to flushing toilets and coin-operated showers, as well.
This state park requires that you have a park permit to enter. These cost $7 per day, per vehicle, or you can purchase an annual pass if you plan to visit often. Camping fees start at $10 a night during winter months and go up to $20 in the summer. Yurts and cabins range from $80 all the way up to $180, depending on size.
Sylvan Lake will give you ample options for fun ways to spend your days, no matter what season you visit in. The warmer months are perfect for canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and electric motorboating, though swimming is prohibited here. In the wintertime, try your luck at ice fishing or grab a pair of snowshoes and hit the trails. All months of the year are great for hiking with your pupper -- if you're up for it, that is!
As with almost all Colorado state parks, dogs are more than welcome in the campground and surrounding terrain, provided they are on a standard leash throughout their stay. Do not leave your pooch unattended at any time, as there are coyotes in these mountains. Be a good pet parent and always scoop up your woofer's waste, disposing of it correctly, as well.
If a Colorado forest sounds like where you want to be, why not check out Sylvan Lake State Park for your next adventure?