Enjoy the scenic views at Eleven Mile State Park. You can really submerge yourself in nature when you and your pooch explore this park because it is surrounded on two sides by the Pike National Forest. The park, at an elevation of 8,600 feet, is home to some fantastic lakes where you can catch some big fish.
The range in elevation changes the seasonal feel easily at the park, so be sure to wear light layers and bring a coat for your pup if it's cold out. In addition to the lake where you can boat and fish, there is also camping and hunting. The campground includes 335 campsites for all styles of roughin' it, from tent camping to RV camping.
Each site can accommodate up to six people, and many sites have electrical hookups. There are also a few boat-in/walk-in campsites in the backcountry area of the park. The campgrounds also provide dump stations. Hunting is allowed only in specific areas, so be sure to check in with the park ranger before heading out.
At the state park, you'll also find that its buildings are ADA-accessible and there are gift shops, concession stands, and a visitor center. In peak months, you can stop at the visitor center ask if a tour guide is available or check their calendar before you go. If you're interested in some solitude on your hike, you can pick up a map and hit the trail.
There is a self-guided interpretative trail called the Coyote Ridge Interpretative Trail that is 1.35 miles long and is an easy hike that you and your furry friend can take together. The Black Bear Trail is approximately half a mile, and the Midland Trail is the longest of the park's trails coming in at nearly 3 miles.
Whenever you're at Eleven Mile State Park, make sure your pup is on a leash no more than six feet long and that you carry plastic dog poop bags so you can clean up immediately after. Discourage your pup from excessive barking and make sure he listens to your command.