Dog Friendly in Denver, Colorado


Denver was founded in 1858 to supply miners in the Rockies. Due to its relatively mild climate when compared with the higher Rockies Denver grew fast. In 1876 Denver became Colorado's State Capital. Denver is located on the high plains at an altitude of 5,280 feet which is why it is known as the "Mile High City". Denver has some dog-friendly attractions and things to do with your dog. The city, however, has the strictest anti pit-bull laws in the country and should be avoided by anyone with a a pit bull or any mixed breed that can be confused with a pit bull. This unfortunate law, established in 1989, effectively bans about 10 percent of dogs from visiting the city, or residing there.

There are many pet-friendly hotels in Denver. The Monaco Denver at 1717 Champa Street is one of the most dog-friendly. This upscale hotel in the heart of downtown offers canine guests a leash, bed and dinnerware (bowls) during their stay. Pet sitting services can also be arranged and their are also other pet amenities. The Renaissance Denver at 3801 Quebec Street is also pet-friendly. The JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek offers visiting dogs a sheepskin dog bed, 2 bowls and biscuits. There are pet-friendly hotels from most of the major hotel chains in Denver. If you are planning a long stay in Denver then you may consider a pet-friendly extended stay suites hotel such as a Residence Inn, Extended Stay America or Towneplace Suites.

There are a number of dog-friendly attractions in Denver. You can rent a boat for you and your dog at the Cherry Creek Marina. They have various types of boats from canoes to pontoon boats. The Cherry Creek Mall. If you want to learn more about Denver there are audio walking tours that use your cell phones available from Rocky Mountain Audio Guides. You may visit the gravesite of Buffalo Bill Cody which has two observation decks with panoramic views and nature trails. The rest of Lookout Mountain Park, with 65 acres of green space, is also open to your leashed dog. You can view the Colorado State Capitol from it's grounds. An interesting attraction in Denver is Dinosaur Ridge. This is a self-guided walking tour of an area where many dinosaur bones were found. There are signs and information at various markers. If you are interested in shopping then you can shop the Larimer Square area of downtown Denver with its quaint shops and dining, Aspen Grove Shopping Center at 7301 South Santa Fe Drive or the Denver Pavilions at 15th Street and Tremont downtown. Denver has a number of dog-friendly restaurants with patio dining including Udi's Bread Cafe and bakery at 101 E 70th Avenue. See's Restaurant Guide to Denver for more choices.

If you are into hiking with your dog there is the 500 mile Colorado Trail from Denver all the way to Durango in the west. This trail tops out at 13,334 feet so you need to be at your best on parts of the route. Most people and dogs may walk a small section of the trail or hike a section as well. Around Denver dog-friendly parks include the Cherry Creek State Park, Chatfield State Park and City Park which is Denver's largest city park. Bible Park and the Cherry Creek Trail are also open to leashed dogs. There are a number of off-leash dog parks throughout Denver and the suburbs.

Nearby trips with your dog from Denver are Colorado Springs, Boulder, Aspen and Fort Collins.

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