Morphy Lake State Park is tucked away in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains on the outskirts of the Pesco Wilderness. Sitting at 8,000 feet in elevation, this park features a high mountain lake surrounded by groves of Ponderosa pines and Douglas firs. If your pup wants to spend some time in beautiful secluded spot, this is the place to be.
The park’s cool mountain air and furrific scenery draws out all types of outdoor enthusiasts, while the lake offers fabulous fishing opportunities throughout the summer months. It's regularly stocked with rainbow trout, so guests shouldn't ever have a dry day on the water. Where there is fishing, there is usually boating. So don’t be surprised to see canoes and kayaks floating around. Dogs aren't allowed in the water but are free to accompany their parents on their watercraft. If your pal rides along, be sure they wear a doggy life jacket.
While there aren’t really any official hikes around the park, there is a trail that wanders around the lake, probably created by fisherman of days gone by. Hop on the path and explore the surrounding area with your furry friend. Keep an eye out for seasonal wildflowers and little forest critters running around. Posted signs say there is no swimming in the lake, that goes for four legged and two legged visitors.
If your pooch feels like sleeping out under the stars, set up your tent in one of the 26 campsites. Be aware that are no electric or water hook ups for RVs and the restrooms are pretty primitive. But water is available in the campground, so be sure to give your pooch plenty to drink. Each campsite has a fire pit. After a day of exploring the territory, your pal can relax by fire while you roast a marshmallow or two. Sounds pawsitively amazing!