When Fido wants room to run, visit these off-leash parks

by | Apr 10, 2023 | Blog, Denver Activities, RMCC Pets | 0 comments

It’s all well and good to take your dog for a walk attached to the end of a leash. But dogs were born to run. And that’s something a little trot around the block can’t satisfy.

Enter off-leash dog parks. With acres of open space, some with wooded areas and streams, off-leash dog parks give your pooch exercise and unbridled joy, all at the same time.

The metro areas has many options. Here a few favorites from 5280 magazine:

Forsberg Park, Lakewood: With views of Green Mountain and Red Rocks Amphitheatre, this park will please two-legged visitors as well as their four-legged friends. The park features two fenced areas and a small obstacle course for the overachieving dog set looking for challenge.

Cherry Creek Dog Off-Leash Area, Aurora: Located in the southeast corner of Cherry Creek State Park, this park contains 107 acres of glorious running space, as well as a part of Cherry Creek for dogs to dip in and out of. One note: 5280 warns that you might have to wait to enter this fenced area at peak times.

Chatfield State Park Off-Leash Dog Area, Littleton: This well-maintained park offers 69 acres that include gravel and paved walking trails. And for bird dogs in need of practice, it offers two sport-dog training areas.

Westminster Hills Off-Leash Dog Park, Westminster: With 420 acres to roam, benches for owners to relax on, a small pond, a doggie drinking fountain and a shade shelter, this is a no-miss pooch paradise. Note that the park isn’t completely fenced in, so only bring dogs that will respond to your voice commands.

All parks have different fees and times of availability. Be sure to Google each park before heading out.

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