Dog Park in Highlands Ranch

Before the storm clouds rolled in today Denver had some beautiful weather. Nice and cool thanks to the impending rain, Finn and I decided to go check out a new dog park. There are a few right by the house but if I’ve learned one thing from having a dog it’s that not all dog parks are created equal and it’s worth a shot to check some out.

"Aerial" view of the park from the road

"Aerial" view of the park from the road

A few miles south of us is Highlands Ranch which in the past 10 years has expanded a lot putting in thousands of homes and essentially creating a suburb of Denver that didn’t exist 15 years ago. Luckily the folks planning the area were big on keeping the landscape of the area, with lots of bike trails, public parks, and green space. They even managed to find a way to sneak in 4 off leash fenced dog parks.

Rover’s Run at Redstone park was the pick for today. It’s about 2 acres set in the middle of a meadow on the Southeast corner of Town Center Drive and Foothills Canyon Blvd. Parking is easy enough thanks to the Tennis club just across the street.

Playing fetch at the dog park

Playing fetch at the dog park

Finn playing in his pond

Finn playing in his pond

As part of the open space bags are provided along with a watering hole just for the puppies although cleanliness is a concern, while we were there the faucet was situated in the center of a small pond it had created. Even so there was plenty of room to play some fetch, balls were all over the place. Being in the middle of a meadow a little more shade would be nice, the single small tree next to the picnic tables just wouldn’t cut it on a hot day.

The biggest concern though was the FIRE ANTS!! All over the park there were mounds with swarms of ants running around doing whatever it is the devil ants do. I made extra sure to check Finn’s paws upon our exit, along with my own legs. There is a whole chapter about fire ants and seeing so many made me freak a bit, more so than the coyotes that I know are in the area (why the sign for coyotes and no sign for fire ants? I’ve no idea).

Warning Coyotes. Also warning, terrifying fire ants

Warning Coyotes. Also warning, terrifying fire ants

All in all the park is a nice place although the bordering network of walking paths seemed a better place for a dog and those with great recall could likely go off leash without too much hassle. Finn enjoyed himself, but there are other parks in the area we have a better time at.

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