Less than an hour outside of Denver, the Golden Gate Canyon State Park in Colorado, you can step into nature by camping, fishing, hiking, or hunting. The Golden Gate Canyon State Park offers a plethora of activities for you and your pup to participate in. You and your pup can hit one of the many trails at the park. The trails span over 30 miles, so you two have a lot to choose from.
The trails range in distance from just a little under a mile to just a little over nine miles and the difficulty is moderate to most difficult. Some trails are for only hikers, while others are open to mountain bikers and equestrians, too. Before you hit one of the trails, grab a map. Many of the trails are not loops, but they will tell you where they start and end.
The Golden Gate Canyon State Park warns about limited cell phone service, too, so printing the map rather than putting it on your cell phone might be a good idea. Whatever trail you choose, make sure your four-legged friend is on a leash no longer than six feet. Also, be sure to carry in plastic poop bags so you can immediately clean up after your dog.
If you want to go camping with your furry friend, you can do so at any time of the year. Golden Gate Canyon State Park presents an assortment of accommodations at campsites, and dogs are allowed at the Reverend's Ridge and Aspen Meadows campgrounds. Reverend's Ridge campsites include plumbing for showers and toilets, laundry facilities, a dump station, and some sites have electrical hookups.
Aspen Meadows is more rustic than Reverend’s Ridge and features a water-pump, vault toilets, and campsites with fire rings. Even while enjoying the campground at the Golden Gate Canyon State Park, your pup must be on a leash, but you can never leave him unattended or tie him to a tree. Keep your campsite clean and be sure to pick up after him, there, too.