Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails Near Golden
One of my favorite things about the great outdoors of Colorado is being able to take my furry best friend with me! In this blog, I will tell you about hiking trails near Golden I recently visited with my new pup.
South Mesa Trailhead
South Mesa Trailhead is located off Highway 93 on Eldorado Springs Drive. This park offers magnificent views of the mountains and is a tucked away gem! The park allows dogs, horses, and bikes on the trails. Dogs are required to be on a leash and horses need to stay on the trails. There are several picnic tables located in the parking lot that are available for use. The park also is handicap accessible.
I like to hike in the early afternoon in winter when the temperature is the warmest for the day, and there are not many people out. From the top of the Mesa, the views are amazing, in the north, you see the Flatirons and Longs Peak, to the east the Denver city skyline, and close up looks of Lookout Mountain and the M in Golden.
Mount Falcon Park
Mount Falcon Park in Indian Hills is another great park located in the foothills. It offers 2,248 acres of the great outdoors to explore. The park is horse and dog-friendly as well! (requires dogs be on a leash) There are several unique treasures along the various trails.
The ruins of John Brisben Walker’s castle are located at the top of Mount Falcon. Walker was a magazine publisher and automobile entrepreneur. He donated 40 acres of land in Denver to the Jesuits in 1887, and they built what is now Regis University. In 1909, he established his castle on top of the mountain. Unfortunately, the house struck by lighting in and destroyed in 1918. In 1911, he started to build a summer white house for President Taft, but the project was abandoned when he could not raise enough funds. There are information plaques on both buildings that tell the story of Walker and his mountain castle. (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Brisben_Walker)
Another impressive structure on the land is the wooden tower located on Tower Trail. You can climb the tower and look at the beautiful terrain from a breathtaking perspective.
Stopping to view the ruins of the castle is quite remarkable! The hike up to the top is surrounded by Colorado mountain beauty and finding this hidden gem is a true treat. It feels almost like a fairy tale. It is easy to see why the castle was built on this slice of heaven and the views of Denver are stunning. I would highly recommend this hike and the wonder that waits on the trail!
Check out photos, maps, and reviews of this beautiful park here.
Staunton State Park
Staunton is the newest state park in Colorado, it opened in 2013. The park is in Pine, Colorado and offers 3,828 acres to hike, rock climb and two ponds to fish. The park is dog-friendly (requires dogs be on a leash). It has quickly become a great place to escape the city to enjoy some fresh air, Colorado beauty, and exercise. The park is described as “ high grassy meadows at 8,100 feet to soaring granite cliffs over 10,000 feet, Staunton State Park’s varied geology, soils, water features, and climate support rare and unexpected plant communities and a rich diversity of wildlife and provide a myriad of outdoor recreation opportunities,” on the website.
Also, if you are looking to enjoy the outdoors with a disabled friend, Staunton offers the use of the Action Track Chair, which allows wheel-chair bound people the opportunity to explore the various trails and beauty of the park. If you are interested in learning more about this program, please visit their website at http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/staunton/pages/track-chair-program.aspx.
Staunton State Park has a great Facebook page that you can follow for updates. They give information on wildlife in the area (both in real time and discussing animals that reside in the area), trail conditions, and events going on. It’s a great resource to help you plan your adventure!
North Table Mountain Trail & Rim Rock Loop
We have a great trail that is right in our backyard in Golden. The trails offer 8.3 miles of beauty and exercise combined to make it a place both you and your pup are sure to enjoy! The path has magnificent views of the Golden Valley which is also a perk of hiking in Colorado.
To learn more about the park, read reviews from fellow hikers and see photos, visit All Trails website here.
After you enjoy your hike at North Table Mountain Trail, be sure to stop by New Terrain Brewing Company nearby. You can enjoy a few cold ones and then let your pup play in the dog park around the corner.
Isn’t living in this area amazing?