Pet-Friendly Hikes in Estes Park

There’s no doubt about it–Colorado is a pet-friendly paradise. Our guided hiking trips let you experience the full beauty of the Rocky Mountain National Park with an experienced local guide. However, the Rocky Mountain National Park only allows pets in certain areas of the park, making it difficult to bring your four-legged friend on that epic hiking adventure. Luckily, there are a number of trails in and around Estes Park that are pet-friendly and could easily become your new favorite hiking trail.

  • dreamstime_xxl_3660283Lily Mountain: A short three-mile jaunt, this trail will take you to the summit of Lily Mountain. The trailhead is about 6 miles south of Estes Park and has several designated parking areas on either side of the trailhead. The trail does have some challenging terrain, so if you’re not comfortable with climbing over rough areas and boulders, this might not be the trail for you. Your four-legged friend is more than welcome to join you, but be sure to keep Fido on a leash.

  • Lake Estes Loop Trail: While it’s not a true hiking trail, the Lake Estes Trail offers a fantastic view of the lake and surrounding mountains with the convenience of being right in the middle of town. The trail is paved the entire way, making it perfect for family outings. There’s even a nearby dog park if you want to let your pup run around off-leash.

  • Kruger Rock Trail: Located in Hermit Park, just two miles outside of Estes Park, Kruger Rock offers a short, but beautiful mountain summit hike. The trail is easy to find and offers a moderate challenge with a 900 ft gain in elevation. The summit will give you fantastic panoramic views of Longs Peak, the Mummy Range, and Mount Meeker. On-leash dogs are always welcome, just be sure to pick up after them along the way.

Kirk’s Mountain Adventure has everything you need for a successful hiking season. From maps to advice, we’re here to get you and your pup hiking this summer. If you’re looking for a true summer escape, book one of our guided hiking trips in Estes Park. Contact us today!