Dog-Friendly Denver Travel Guide

Four years ago I moved to Denver with my two mutts, Lady and Nox, to get a never ending supply of that Rocky Mountain air. Little did I know that it would take three years and a pandemic to get me to truly explore all of the dog friendly activities the Denver Metro area has to offer!

This past year I was able to find a new appreciation for the city I love and I cannot wait to share some of my favorite dog friendly activities with you all!

Time for a Walk 

Denver has so many great local walking paths throughout the city that allow for neighborhood walks of any length. Get that initial morning energy out by taking your pups on a walk (or run) on Cherry Creek Trail which will take you from Downtown Denver all the way to, you guessed it, Cherry Creek State Park!

Cherry Creek also has an off-leash dog park available (there is a fee for entry), so if your dog needs a little extra running time, it’s the perfect place to start your day.

Eggs Over Easy

After you’ve expelled some energy, head to one of Denver’s staple brunch spots, Snooze A.M. Eatery. The Westminster location has a dog-friendly patio and is just a quick drive from Denver. From Bravocado Toast to a Pancake Flight, I promise you there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Craft Beer or Bust 

Denver is home to a seemingly endless amount of breweries that are more than happy to welcome well-behaved dogs! One of our favorites is Improper City, located in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood. With a massive patio, food trucks, and a wide selection of Colorado craft brews and mixed drinks, you really could spend the entire day here! 

When you’re ready to move on, don’t forget to check out the RiNo art scene, which is literally on the walls! RiNo is known for its street art and it’s annual Crushwalls event where you can see the artists in action.

A little dog sits in front of RiNo street art in Denver
RiNo Street Art

An Evening at the Park

After a whirlwind day of activity, take a final stop to one of Denver’s many city parks. Our favorites are Cheeseman Park and City Park. While Cheeseman is an oasis in the heart of the city, City Park gives you a beautiful view of the Denver Skyline and mountains on a clear day.

Bring a blanket to lay on the grass and wind down with a Colorado sunset before ending your evening. I promise, you won’t regret it.

Two dogs going for a walk at Cheeseman Park in Denver
Cheeseman Park

Whether you’re on the hunt for good food or fun walks, Denver has all sorts of fun things to explore with your furry friends. But beware–even if you’re just in town for a visit, all of the dog-friendly adventures Denver has to offer might just be enough to get you to take the plunge to make Colorado your and your dog’s forever home!