horsetooth trailWhat better way to see the beautiful Colorado terrain and get you and your best dog pal some exercise? Summer is the best time to do it and Colorado has an abundance of dog friendly trails that you can hike together.


A new resource called lets you know if the trails are dog friendly (usually on a leash).

For example you can go to Horsetooth Falls on the Horsetooth Rock Trail. Horsetooth Rock is viewable from the edge of Fort Collins). A description of the trail is listed on the site as:

Horsetooth Falls and Horsetooth Rock Trail is a 5.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Fort Collins, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Note that in the main image above, just under the trail name, you are given a level of difficulty for the trail, which in this instance is listed as “moderate”.

You can see information about the distance, elevation and type of trail –
horsetooth info





You can read reviews and see pictures –

horsetooth reviews and pix




You can also see a map for each trail –

horsetooth trail map









You do have to create a login for the site to be able to use it effectively. However, you can look up all the trails and maps for free. Should you want to log your statistics for miles walked and visits made, there is a subscription plan for that.

We encourage you to check out these natural resources that you can share with your dog – like this one, outside of Loveland – The Devils Backbone Trail – Extended Route, described as “easy”.






Devil’s Backbone Trail – Extended Route is a 5.9 mile loop trail located near Loveland, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.


devils backbone info




FCVC would just make some pre-trail walking suggestions: Make sure you and your pet are able to tackle the difficulty of the terrain. Take along water for you and your pet. Have sun protection for you both. With those things in mind we wish you a great time on the trails with your Fido!

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