We’re all fans of our four-legged fur babies and likely go above and beyond to give them the best homes possible. But they also deserve to go wild and be dogs, off-leash! While Colorado offers Front Range residents the most beautiful backyard playground in the world, here are a few trails to take your dogs off-leash!
Reminder: Please follow all trail safety guidelines and restrictions by going to each trail’s website, social media page, or calling ahead.
Red Rock Canyon Open Space, Colorado Springs
Red Rock Canyon Open Space in Colorado Springs, CO is located just minutes west from downtown Colorado Springs and south of the famed Garden of the Gods. The off-leash dog area is one of many phenomenal amenities provided to guests who visit the park including seven different trails (the Upper and Lower dog loops are the only off-leash areas), a pavilion, rock climbing, horse trails, and a mountain bike-only trail.
The natural red rock formations and two lakes are wonders to behold, especially for those skipping the crowds at Gardens of the Gods. The trails vary in difficulty from easy to moderate, which are great opportunities for the entire family.
Twin Lakes, Boulder
Twin Lakes is the top off-leash area in the Boulder-area with the West Twin Lakes Trail lake available for dogs to roam wild. The lake’s 0.7 mi shoreline is great for dogs to swim and fetch, and the lake is surrounded by fencing. The mountain views are spectacular and the lake can be fished by anglers, although the website states the lake is not stocked.
Glendale Farm Open Space, Castle Rock
An extremely popular dog park, the Glendale Farm Open Space is located off I-25 just north of the Castle Pines neighborhood. The 17-acre dog park is wide open prairie land without much shade, so be sure to bring lots of sunscreen and water on hot, sunny days. Once you’re done letting your dog loose in the fenced area, take them for a leashed hike in the park’s 1.6 mi looped trail. The dog park is a great place in the winter for dogs to run wild through snow. Don’t forget about the obstacle course for dogs!
Union Reservoir, Longmont
The Union Reservoir Nature Area is located east of Longmont and day-use tickets cost $10 – but worth the money for dog owners. The south side of the lake’s swim area and beach is off-leash. The lake is extremely popular with local sailors and paddleboarders due to the no-wake law prohibiting use of motorized engines, allowing for a peaceful experience with the doggo’s.
Fun fact: Union Reservoir is one of the only few natural lakes in Colorado, carved out during the last glacial age.
If you’re searching for a home or are interested in selling, work with experienced brokers who know your neighborhood’s history, up-and-coming developments, and fun facts about nearby off-leash dog parks – while selling your home for top value or finding your dream home.