Looking for some fun winter hikes to explore with your four-legged friends? I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite hikes to do with my pups. Without further ado, here are my Top 5 Dog-Friendly Winter Hikes, all located within an hour of Denver!

1. Coyote Song Trail

Located just 30 minutes from Denver, the Coyote Song Trail is a perfect option for anyone looking for a short hike close to home. This hike is known for its beautiful rock formations and gorgeous view of the Rocky Mountains, perfect for hikers looking to take a stroll through nature and unwind.

Length: 3.0 miles

Elevation Gain: 321 ft

Average Completion Time: 1 hour 11 minutes

Leash Required?: Yes

2. Red Rocks Trading Post Trail

This trail takes you around Colorado’s Red Rocks and its famous amphitheater. Located just outside of Morrision and 30 minutes from Denver, this hike is also relatively easy. With great views of Red Rocks park, rock formations, and meadows, this hike is sure to delight. If you and your pup are looking for a relatively quick and scenic excursion, this is the perfect pick for you!

Length: 1.5 miles

Elevation Gain: 357 ft

Average Completion Time: 47 minutes

Leash Required?: Yes

3. Dinosaur Ridge Trail

We all know that dogs love bones, but these are not for chewing! The Dinosaur Ridge Trail can be found 45 minutes from Denver and is full of Cretaceous period tracks and Jurassic period bones. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, this hike is more suitable for pups and humans that have hiking experience. If you choose to visit, make sure to check out the signposts scattered along the trail to learn more about this National Landmark!

Length: 3.7 miles

Elevation Gain: 698 ft

Average Completion Time: 1 hour 48 minutes

Leash Required?: Yes

4. Dakota Ridge Trail

Also considered a moderately challenging route, the Dakota Ridge Trail is located in Matthews Winters Open Space Park, 30 minutes outside Denver. It is worth mentioning that many reviews state that the trail can be icy during the winter, so this is something to take into consideration when you and your pup gear up for this hike. Otherwise, the view is lovely and is a great choice for relatively experienced hikers.

Length: 5.4 miles

Elevation Gain: 1,099 ft

Average Completion Time: 2 hours 41 minutes

Leash Required?: Yes

5. Boulder Mesa Trail

For our four-legged friends that are looking for a challenge, the Boulder Mesa Trail is a great workout! Found at the Chautauqua Trailhead in Boulder, this hike is not for the faint of heart. However, these Rocky Mountain views are definitely worth the trek. There are also areas where your furry friends can roam around off leash! Just make sure to come fully prepared with any necessary gear and refreshments for both you and your trusty companion.

Length: 13.2 miles

Elevation Gain: 2,903 ft

Average Completion Time: 6 hours 49 minutes

Leash Required?: No

For more information about these hikes, I would recommend checking out sites such as alltrails.com. Additionally, as winters in Colorado can be unpredictable, I would also recommend checking the trail and road conditions before setting out on your adventure to check for any seasonal closures.

Happy tails and happy trails!