Best Dog Hikes Colorado Guide Book

by Bob D’Antonio, Maryann Gaug, Stewart Green, Linda B. Mullally, and Tracy Salcedo-Chourré. (Falcon Guides)
Best Dog Hikes Colorado  by Bob D’Antonio, Maryann Gaug, Stewart Green, Linda B. Mullally,  and Tracy Salcedo-Chourré.

296pp/guides/maps
ISBN: 9780762783694

Colorado! The word conjures images of rugged peaks, cascading mountain streams, and crystal clear alpine lakes. Indeed, the state’s middle section lives up to those expectations, but the state as a whole offers so much more. Colorado’s western canyon country, carved by raging torrents, is rich in dinosaur graveyards and the artifacts and ruins of Ancestral Puebloan and Fremont Indians, all well worth exploring. The Eastern Plains, long thought too flat to be scenic, have plenty of natural delights tucked away for the hiker. Buttes rise above the plains, providing a haven for hawks and falcons, while southeastern canyons cache signs of ancient inhabitants including American Indian petroglyphs and North America’s largest known dinosaur tracksite. Hiking is one of the best ways to explore Colorado, and there’s no better companion for your outing than your dog. Dogs are often members of the family, and you wouldn’t want to hit the trail without them.

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Trails from the "Best Dog Hikes Colorado" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 50.
... Preview: This hike follows the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail south from Wolf Creek Pass to Alberta Peak. It climbs through a pleasant spruce-fir forest and passes near a ski lift at Wolf Creek Ski A ... From the guidebook "Best Dog Hikes Colorado"
South Fork, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 6
... Preview: This is a strenuous but great hike up to the summit of Bear Peak (8,461 feet), one of Boulder’s most visible landmarks. The Bear Peak Trail follows Bear Creek up beautiful Bear Canyon, then makes a st ... From the guidebook "Best Dog Hikes Colorado"
Boulder, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.4
... Preview: The Big Dominguez Canyon Trail wanders up a beautiful canyon cut in the side of the Uncompahgre Plateau. Desert bighorn sheep were reintroduced here in 1983 and 1985—watch rocky areas and cliff tops f ... From the guidebook "Best Dog Hikes Colorado"
Southwest, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 13
... Preview: This hike climbs to the west summit of Black Mountain, a volcanic plateau in the Elkhead Mountains. The trail first winds through an aspen forest with vegetation so thick at times that you might feel ... From the guidebook "Best Dog Hikes Colorado"
Northwest, CO - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 7.4
... Preview: A wonderful day hike leads to Blue Lake in the Indian Peaks Wilderness area. This short hike takes you up to a beautiful alpine lake surrounded by stunning alpine peaks. Due to the rocky and sometimes ... From the guidebook "Best Dog Hikes Colorado"
Ward, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
... Preview: This pleasant hike loops along Cascade Falls Trail and Portland Trail in Ouray’s Amphitheater area. The trail offers nice views of surrounding mountains, jagged cliffs, and mining operations. The hi ... From the guidebook "Best Dog Hikes Colorado"
Southwest, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.8
... Preview: Coyote Trail winds past limestone caves, through a lush riparian and forested area, then climbs above for a bird’s-eye view of Rifle Falls. Kids of all ages will love exploring the caves. Bring a flas ... From the guidebook "Best Dog Hikes Colorado"
Northwest, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.8
... Preview: The loop trail in Dawson Butte Ranch Open Space winds gently through ponderosa pine and Gambel oak (oakbrush) forest and across several meadows on the south side of Dawson Butte. Occasionally you get ... From the guidebook "Best Dog Hikes Colorado"
Castle Rock, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
... Preview: This nice family hike follows along the base of the Devil’s Backbone, just west of Loveland. This is a great hike for the whole family—both two- and four-legged members. When hiking with both dogs and ... From the guidebook "Best Dog Hikes Colorado"
Loveland, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.7
... Preview: This hike takes you into an easily accessible canyon in the Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness area. The trail first crosses open high-desert country of rabbitbrush, junipers, and other thorny plants. It ... From the guidebook "Best Dog Hikes Colorado"
Northwest, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.9
... Preview: The hike to Devils Lake is a great warm-up or practice hike for anyone wanting to climb the 14,000-foot peaks near Lake City. The elevation gain is similar, but at lower altitude. For those wishing a ... From the guidebook "Best Dog Hikes Colorado"
Lake City, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 13.6
... Preview: This is a strenuous hike that climbs up to the summit of Sheep Mountain (8,450 feet), high above the Big Thompson River and Canyon. The trail is well marked with mileage markers and informative signs ... From the guidebook "Best Dog Hikes Colorado"
Masonville, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 9
... Preview: This excellent loop trail threads across colorful sandstone bluffs at Palmer Park in northeast Colorado Springs. Gorgeous vistas also come with lots of wildlife, such as squirrels, birds, rabbits, and ... From the guidebook "Best Dog Hikes Colorado"
Colorado Springs, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.6
... Preview: This beautiful hike leads along towering rock walls. The trail travels up a south- and west-facing hillside through North Draw, with spectacular views of the Indian Peaks, the Continental Divide, Denv ... From the guidebook "Best Dog Hikes Colorado"
Boulder, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.8
... Preview: The First Fork Trail follows a sparkling little creek up to Missionary Ridge northeast of Durango. Although parts of this forest burned in 2002, the vegetation is lush and trees are growing again. The ... From the guidebook "Best Dog Hikes Colorado"
Southwest, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 10
... Preview: The Granite Lakes Trail first wanders along the Fryingpan River, meandering up and down through thick forest and around some interesting granitic formations. The first 3.3 miles are fairly gentle. Tur ... From the guidebook "Best Dog Hikes Colorado"
Basalt, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 13.6
... Preview: This great family hike is in Boulder County’s newest open space area. It is a great way to get the kids out into the woods on a short, scenic loop through stands of beautiful ponderosa pines and open ... From the guidebook "Best Dog Hikes Colorado"
Lyons, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.3
... Preview: Most people think of eastern Colorado as a flat, uninspiring expanse, but the south eastern corner bordering Oklahoma is full of interesting canyons, rock formations, wildlife, reptiles, birds, and hu ... From the guidebook "Best Dog Hikes Colorado"
Springfield, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.5
... Preview: A steady climb leads to Horsethief Park, a high mountain meadow, and ends at a cascading waterfall on the western slope of Pikes Peak. Located off CO 67, an oft-traveled route between Divide and the h ... From the guidebook "Best Dog Hikes Colorado"
Trinidad, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.2
... Preview: The Jud Wiebe Trail climbs up and across the hill north of Telluride between Butcher and Cornet Creeks. Although short, it has its steep moments, as very precipitous mountains surround Telluride. Th ... From the guidebook "Best Dog Hikes Colorado"
Southwest, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.7