Space to run! Balls to chase! New pals! Your four-legged friend can let out all that inner fun at these five great off-leash dog parks.
Berkeley Dog Park
Where: I-70 and Sheridan Boulevard
What you’ll love: The views. This pup hangout is right next to the historic Lakeside Amusement Park and looks out over Berkeley Lake. Right off I-70, it’s also very easy to get to by car.
What your pup will love: Playing chase with new friends in the open, easy-to-run-in area and jumping on the park’s rocks.
Tip: There are separate areas for active and “less active” four-legged friends.
Chatfield Park Off-Leash Dog Area
Where: 11500 N. Roxborough Park Road, Littleton
What you’ll love: Your dog can roam free (within earshot) in the grassy space, or take a walk or run with you on miles of paved and unpaved trails.
What your pup will love: Chatfield has two big lakes that are perfect for a dip—or chasing balls and sticks.
Tip: Bring extra waste bags.
Cost: $8 park entrance fee (or $70 for an annual park pass), plus $2 daily (or $20 for an annual pass) for the off-leash area.
USMC CPL. David M. Sonka Dog Park and Westcreek Disc Golf Course
Where: 17855 N. Pine Lane, Parker
What you’ll love: You, too, can get in some fun at the 18-hole disc golf course next door. Just make sure someone is there to watch your dog.
What your pup will love: The shade structures, small-dog area and agility course. Parker’s first dog park, named after Cpl. David M. Sonka, who was killed in action in Afghanistan with his military working dog, Flex, features a small course with ramps and a jump-over challenge.
Tip: There are separate entrances for small and big dogs.
Westminster Hills Dog Park
Where: West 105th Drive and Simms Street, Westminster
What you and your pup will love: The miles and miles of open space to explore make this a local favorite. When it gets hot, head to the dog swimming pond and water fountain.
Tip: The park is only partially fenced, so keep your pup close by.
Stapleton Dog Park
Where: 2002 N. Spruce St.
Acres: Just under 3
What you’ll love: A strictly dirt lot, this park is designed to help dogs run out their energy; afterward, you can shop and grab a bite to eat at Stanley Marketplace, five minutes away.
What your pup will love: Dirt, dirt and more dirt, so he can dig to his heart’s content. Tips: Best for medium-sized to large dogs. Bring your own waste bags and water.
Glendale Farms Dog Park
Where: 12300 S. Havana St., Castle Rock
What you’ll love: Easy access to the 1.6-mile Glendale Trail, adjacent to the park.
What your pup will love: Working up a sweat on the hilly, more challenging terrain and agility course, featuring a ramp, pause table and crawl tunnel.
Tip: Bring sunscreen.
Railyard Dog Park
Where: 19th and Little Raven streets
What you’ll love: Live downtown? This is the closest dog park to home.
What your pup will love: Chasing balls with new friends.
Tip: Check online to make sure the park is open before you go. Railyard has shut down several times due to cleaning problems.
Cherry Creek Dog Off-Leash Area
Where: 4201 S. Parker Road, Aurora
What you’ll love: It’s got 38 more acres than Chatfield, plus a trail that runs along the perimeter.
What your pup will love: Playing in the creek.
Tip: Start your rst visit on a leash: Noise from the Cherry Creek shooting range carries into the park.
Cost: $9 daily park fee (or $73 for an annual park pass), plus $2 daily (or $20 for an annual pass) for the off-leash area.