It was an exciting father’s day last weekend, with great weather, so we took our little four legged boy up into the mountains to enjoy some of the great outdoors that Colorado has to offer.
Elk Meadows state park was suggested to us by a friend as a nice park in the mountains, and it delivered. The state park itself is massive with hiking, biking, and riding trails abound but the gem of it all is a massive off leash dog friendly area including 7 acres of fenced dog park perched on the side of a slope.
There is a small parking area on the north side of Stagecoach Blvd that still had parking even on Father’s day (which we’ll assume is a busy day all things considered). North of the road is access to a network of trails where dogs are welcome, on leash. But south of the road is where the action is at. Beautiful meadows and a thick smell of pine await exploring noses. We first let Finn run off some energy in the larger fenced area. It’s a wonderful park complete with forts built of fallen pine wood
Water was limited so it’s important to remember to bring some, but everything else is there, bags, forts, smells, and fetching sticks galore. Walking the perimeter of the fenced area is a short hike in and of itself but we wanted even more so Finn got to go off leash out of the fenced area. Signs posted let us know that there was some wildlife we should be aware of, thankfully to as the hillside and creek provide such a fantastic view it’s easy to think you are standing in a painting. This was easily one of the best parks we’ve ever gone to and we’ll be returning soon to take on even longer hikes.
Directions from Denver: I-70 West to State route 74 (Evergreen Parkway). Head south to Stagecoach Blvd (you’ll start seeing portions of the park on your right before seeing stagecoach). Turn right on Stagecoach and head approx 1.3 mi till you see the parking lot on the right (and smaller lot of the left side)