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As the summer days begin to wane and the air gets crisp, the Centennial State unveils its stunning canvas of golden aspens, fiery maples, and vibrant oaks. Colorado, with its breathtaking landscapes and vibrant hues, is a haven for autumn adventurers — especially those with four-legged companions. Read on for the top destinations in Colorado to enjoy with your furry friend this fall.
This charming town, nestled in a box canyon and surrounded by stunning 14,000-foot peaks, is a must-visit. The free gondola ride offers a panoramic view of the fall foliage, and dogs are more than welcome on board. Additionally, the River Trail is a scenic, relatively flat path perfect for a casual stroll with your pup, surrounded by golden aspen trees.
Named for the very trees that turn its hillsides gold in the fall, Aspen is a dog lover’s paradise. Hike the Maroon Bells, one of the most photographed spots in North America, with your dog on a leash; the views of Maroon Lake, surrounded by the golden and red hues of the mountains, are unbeatable.
With its sprawling backcountry and myriad trails, Breckenridge is an excellent spot for adventurous canines and their humans. The Boreas Pass Road offers an easy-going hike or drive with panoramic views of the Tenmile Range surrounded by shimmering aspens.
If you’re specifically in the market for aspen spotting, check out our favorite hikes here.
Known for its geothermal hot springs, Steamboat Springs also boasts an abundance of dog-friendly trails. Head to the Spring Creek Trail, where a gentle brook complements the amber and ruby shades of fall. Moreover, several restaurants and accommodations in the city are pet-friendly, ensuring a comfortable stay after your all-day adventures.
Dog Essentials: Ensure you pack essentials like food, a leash, waste bags, water and bowls, and any medications your dog might need. If you plan on hiking, consider investing in a doggy first-aid kit for emergencies.
Check Accommodations: Many places in Colorado are dog-friendly, but always check in advance. Many accommodations market their pet-friendliness on their website or can be searched with a filter, but when in doubt, call them.
Weather Prep: Colorado's weather can be unpredictable in the fall. Pack for both you and your pet. This might include a doggie sweater or booties for the chillier days.
Safety First: Always keep your dog on a leash, especially in wildlife areas. Not only does this protect your dog, but it also ensures the safety of the wildlife. Click here for tips on better leash walking.
Late September to Early October is generally the peak of fall foliage in Colorado. However, this can vary depending on elevation and weather conditions. Higher elevations see color changes as early as mid-September, while lower elevations, like Denver, may not peak until mid-October.
Weekdays are recommended for those looking to avoid crowds, especially in popular spots like Aspen or Maroon Bells. This ensures a peaceful and serene experience. Need help getting your pup to get along with their surroundings? Check out our blog tips here.
In conclusion, Colorado in the fall is a tapestry of vibrant colors and breathtaking vistas, offering numerous opportunities for you and your dog to explore, relax, and create unforgettable memories. Whether you choose the iconic trails of Aspen or the serene paths of Steamboat Springs, the Centennial State promises a delightful experience for both two-legged and four-legged adventurers. So, pack your bags (and some doggie treats) and set out for a mesmerizing journey amidst nature's splendor!
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