Can you think of a more pawfect match than puppies and peaks? (Go ahead, we’ll wait.) Luckily for us in Colorado, there are countless ways to enjoy that rocky range year-round. Whether by land, water, or sky, we sniffed out five activities for you and your best adventure buddy to get out and explore the mountains. (We’re assuming that’s why you live here, after all.)
From beginner jaunts to all-day 14ers, there are more dog-friendly trails in Colorado than you can shake a bully stick at. AllTrails.com is a fantastic resource with hand-curated maps, reviews, and difficulty ratings for routes all over the state, but if you need some suggestions, we’ve got you covered with some hike-and-brewery pairings where all roads lead to beer. Whichever path you choose, make sure you’re puppared by reading the Good Dog’s Guide to Hiking Etiquette and stocking up on these six essentials for hiking with your dog.
Hold on to your tails, motherpuppers! We were pawleased as peanut butter when we heard that Colorado River Runs offers whitewater rafting experiences catered to four-legged adrenaline-seekers. Don’t worry, you won’t encounter any Class IV waves on these excursions—just light rapids, swimmin’ holes, and sunny beaches. A word of caution: watch out for your floof’s tail, which might be wagging so hard it’ll knock you into the water (both human and dog life jackets are provided, just in case).
Take a life-loving cue from all dogs and stop to snoof the roses on a slow-cruisin’ pontoon ride around Lake Dillon. While you’re enraptured by the crystal-clear waters and snow-capped peaks (yes, even in August!), Fido will be #livinghisbestlife in all his tongue-hanging, wind-blown-fur glory. Don’t furget to recreate the iconic Titanic boat pose (and send us the pics!).
Powder hounds, this one’s fur you! While dogs aren’t allowed to hit the slopes at Colorado’s ski resorts, that doesn’t mean your bud has to miss out on all the snowflakin’ fun. Strap on skis for a cross country romp through the state’s groomed trails, or fulfill your pup’s Iditarod dreams by signing up for a skijoring class. Downhill enthusiasts and their pups can ski together in the backcountry, but pawlease, don’t attempt unless you’re experienced in the sport, your dog’s recall is on point, and the threat of an avalanche is low.
As much as we love movin’ our bodies outside here in the Centennial State, you don’t have to be super fit to enjoy the mountains with your pup—the mountains are for everypawdy! In fact–we’re about to let the cat outta the bag here–one of the best ways to tour some areas is also the easiest and the cheapest: gondola rides! Many of the state’s resort towns, like Breckenridge and Telluride, keep their gondolas operating throughout summer. Free and pet-friendly, all you have to do is hop on and you’re on your way to stunning aerial views.
What does your pup dig doin’ in the mountains? Woof at us in the comments, and be sure to tag #SidewalkDog in all your adventures so we can ruv ‘em.