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Downtown Colorado Springs, CO

Being a dog parent in Colorado Springs means even more motivation to get outside and enjoy the unbelievable landscape. Enjoy the many dog parks, hiking trails, and scenic views year-round. When you’re feeling something more relaxing, Colorado Springs has tons of breweries, coffee shops, and restaurants with dog-friendly patios spread across the downtown area and beyond. 

Read on for our recommendations of the best of everything, from dog-friendly hotels to pet supply stores.

Planning the day with your dog

There are tons of ways to fill a day with your pup in the buzzing city of Colorado Springs, whether you’re into the great outdoors, the culinary scene, or just want to do some shopping. Here are some of the best stops for a fun-filled day with your dog.

Where to stay with your dog

When you bring your pup along on a trip, you can usually expect to pay an extra fee at the hotel. Colorado Springs has options on all sides of the city, from the Monument area down to Fountain.

Cheyenne Mountain Resort

Dogs under 80 pounds are welcome at this hotel on the south side of the city with stunning views of the Rockies. The fee is $35 per day per dog, with a maximum of two dogs.

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The Antlers

If you want to be right in the center of the action, this upscale Wyndham property is the perfect place to rest your head. The weight limit for pups is 50 pounds, and there’s a one-time $75 pet fee.

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The Academy Hotel Colorado Springs

On the north side of town is the rustic Academy Hotel. Enjoy complimentary signature breakfast, the indoor heated pool, and onsite dining. There is no pet fee.

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Where to get coffee with your dog

Your pup may wake up ready to rock and roll, but we humans need a little bean buzz sometimes. These shops are known for being accommodating to dogs, with spacious outdoor spaces and dog-friendly policies.  

Building Three Coffee

Given its concrete floors and a spacious outdoor patio, it’s hard to find a better place to grab a cup of java with your furry friend than Building Three, located on the north side of the city. 

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Kangaroo Coffee

Need your caffeine fix to go? Kangaroo Coffee has three drive-through locations around Colorado Springs so you can keep it moving on your fun-filled day with your dog.

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Switchback Coffee Roasters

This cafe and roastery has two locations around the city — one in Shook’s Run and one in Hillside. Both locations have great patios, plus a delicious farm-to-table menu of food.

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Where to walk with your dog

The world is your oyster if you’re looking for a walking trail in Colorado Springs. The hardest part is narrowing down so many options. Here are a few of our favorites.

Seven Bridges Trail Head

This 5.78-mile hike is considered fairly easy, following North Cheyenne Creek and crossing seven wooden bridges (hence the name). It’s also shaded, making for a cool, relaxing hike.

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Templeton Trail

This is a 3.9-mile, moderately challenging loop trail that runs through Palmer Park. You’ll find views of Pikes Peak, wildflowers, and the sandstone spires and hoodoos.

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Upper Gold Camp Road

If you’re looking for a more challenging route to take up a larger part of your day, consider Upper Gold Camp Road, a 14.3-mile loop trail that runs through the Pike National Forest. It takes about 6 hours and 24 minutes to complete this popular trail.

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Where to play fetch with your dog

For off-leash time, we recommend heading to a dog park. At these spots, you don’t have to worry about your dog getting away, and they might even make a friend. 

🚨 Off-leash play is great for relieving the zoomies, but Colorado Springs currently has leash laws. There are dog parks and designated off-leash areas in certain public locations. Be sure to check if your area is off-leash or not before throwing that first tennis ball!

Fox Run Dog Park

This five-acre dog park sits on the north side of the city. It has a separate area for small dogs, a half-mile loop trail, and picnic tables. It’s open from dawn to dusk year-round.

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East Ridge Dog Park

In Cimarron Hills just north of the airport is this 2.5-acre fenced dog park. It’s part of a larger park with a pavilion, playground, and sports fields.

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Rampart Dog Park

 Located in Rampart Park, this fenced dog park has agility equipment, tons of flat land to let the zoomies out, and a gorgeous view of the Rockies.

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Other honorable mentions

Where to eat lunch with your dog

A patio is key when looking for a dog-friendly lunch spot, and Colorado Springs has tons of options. Whether you’re craving bar food or something a bit more upscale, we have you covered with recommendations. 

Pub Dog Colorado

True to its name, Pub Dog is the ultimate place to grub with your pup. It has over 9,000 square feet of off-leash space, including a heated indoor area and an outdoor fenced area for your pup to play while you dine.

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Perfect for date night with your significant other or a relaxing lunch with your dog, this Spanish-inspired tapas restaurant in Old Colorado City has a covered patio that’s dog-friendly and open year-round.

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Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar

Located in Chapel Hills, Lazy Dog is the perfect solution when you’re craving traditional American cuisine and a relaxed vibe. Grab a seat on the covered patio and enjoy the fire pits during the colder months.

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Where to shop with your dog

Colorado Springs has two major outdoor malls, plus a handful of shops that welcome four-legged friends indoors. Here are the best places to bring your dog on a retail expedition.

The Promenade Shops at Briargate

At this upscale, open-air mall, you’ll find clothing stores, electronics, and restaurants with a beautiful mountain backdrop.

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Outlets at Castle Rock

Find the best deals at this outdoor outlet mall halfway between Denver and Colorado Springs.

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Ted’s Bicycle Shop

In Colorado Springs, chances are you’re not far from a bike trail. Stop in at locally-owned Ted’s Bicycle Shop to find your next ride.

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Where to enjoy the outdoors with your dog

A better question might be, “Where can’t you enjoy the great outdoors in Colorado Springs?” Here are some of the best of the best places to get in touch with your (and your dog’s) granola side.

Bear Creek Regional Park

This 575-acre park on the west side of Colorado Springs is a hot spot for runners, bikers, and dog walkers. You’ll find everything from a community garden to a dog park to hiking trails here, so there are tons of ways to spend a day with your pup at Bear Creek Park.

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Garden of the Gods

You might not believe the breathtaking online photos of this park near Manitou Springs, so you might as well see the dramatic views of sandstone rock formations for yourself. 872 acres of the park are designated as a National Landmark.

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Red Rock Canyon Open Space

Adjacent to Garden of the Gods but on the other side of U.S. Route 24 is Red Rock Canyon Open Space, a 1,474-acre city park. The park has 11 marked trails that range from 1.7 to 5.4 miles, plus reclaimed former industrial sites, including several quarries.

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Where to grab a drink with your dog

No one ever said your beer buddy has to be human. If you’re looking for a watering hole that welcomes dogs, a brewery is always a good call since they usually have large patios. 

Red Leg Brewing Company

This veteran-owned craft brewery is right around the corner from Garden of the Gods, making it a perfect stop before or after a romp around the great outdoors. Dogs are welcome in the sprawling turf area outside.

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Brass Brewing Company

If you find yourself craving a brew in the downtown area of Colorado Springs, head to this veteran-owned brewery with a cozy, laid-back vibe. You’ll see tributes to law enforcement lining the walls of the eclectic interior.

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Deuces Wild Brewery

At this brewery on the east side of town, you’ll find a selection of over 20 unique beers on tap and lots of room to spread out with your pup. They’re open every day of the week except Wednesdays.

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Other essentials for your dog

As much fun as leisure activities are, keeping a roster of recommendations for more administrative tasks like grooming and veterinary care is key. Here are some options to keep in mind around Colorado Springs.

Where to take your dog to the vet

It’s important to find a vet you trust, even if you’re only focused on preventative care. That way, you’ll be better prepared and feel more confident in case of an emergency. Here are some of the top-rated vets in the area.

Yorkshire Veterinary Hospital

With a perfect five-star rating on Google reviews, this clinic has earned its reputation. For over 40 years, this AAHA-accredited veterinarian on the north side of the city has been serving Colorado Springs and surrounding towns. Whether you need a simple microchip procedure or nutrition help, the pros at Yorkshire have you covered.

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High Plains Veterinary Hospital

This veterinarian near Cimarron Hills also has glowing online reviews. They offer all of the standard-issue vet services, plus a few more holistic services like laser therapy and acupuncture. This might be a good option if your pup deals with chronic pain.

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East Springs Animal Hospital

Also near Cimarron Hills, East Springs Animal Hospital offers everything from preventative wellness care to labor and delivery. You can see a veterinarian virtually through their telehealth program, too. If you’re working on a tight budget, you might want to consider their PAW plans which are intended to minimize surprise costs.

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Where to get your dog groomed

Sometimes we just need a rinse, and sometimes we need the full treatment: ears cleaned, nails trimmed, and glands squeezed. Here are the best places to get your pup tuned up.

Happy Hounds Pet Grooming

Whether your pup needs to hit the showers or lose that winter coat when spring rolls around, Happy Hounds can help you out. Located in east Colorado Springs, Happy Hounds offers bathing, grooming, de-shedding, hair coloring, and more.

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Fur & Feathers Pet Grooming

You can’t go wrong with this locally-owned gem located in east Colorado Springs. Right around the corner from Palmer Park, it’s the perfect stop on the way home from a romp around the great outdoors. All bathing and grooming services include a nail trim, ear cleaning, and anal gland expression.

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House of Hounds Grooming

If you’re on the south side of the city, Hounds of Hounds should be on your radar. They say the proof is in the pudding, and here, the pudding is House of Hounds’ Facebook page. Check the page for daily updates with (adorable) happy customers.

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Where to find training for your dog

We like to think that an ill-behaving dog just doesn’t know the rules and canine training can help you and your pup get on the same page. Whether you’re looking for puppy preschool or a board-and-train program, here are the most loved training facilities in the city.

House of Dog Training

This woman-owned North Colorado Springs training facility uses positive reinforcement methods and never fear or negative reinforcement tactics. They can help with things like basic obedience, separation anxiety, and reactivity.

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Off Leash K9 Training

With two locations in Colorado Springs, this well-known chain is ready to help you and your dog achieve your goals. They use compassionate, proven techniques trusted by the military and law enforcement for all programs, from puppy school to board-and-train programs.

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Bark Busters Home Dog Training

This small facility is made up of one highly-rated trainer with over 14 years of experience helping dogs and their parents in the Pike’s Peak area. All services come with lifetime support so that you can feel confident about the investment.

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Where to board your dog or find doggy daycare

Saying goodbye (even for a day) is tough, but it’s easier when you know your dog is basically going on vacation, too. These boarding facilities prioritize play and safety, so you can rest assured that they’re in good hands while you’re away.

Canine Campus Dog Daycare

On the north side of the city, this spot is the Ivy League of boarding facilities. Every overnight guest gets a private “dorm” and sleeps to the sound of soothing music all night. During the day, they play for hours with daycare pups under the supervision of staff. Day care starts at $18 for four hours and overnight stays start at $48.

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Lucky Dog Daycare and Boarding

A stay at Colorado Springs’ largest indoor and outdoor canine activity center is sure to have your dog’s tail wagging. This facility boasts extra large kennels, daytime play, and no requirement for a deposit or cancellation fee. Daycare starts at $31 and overnight boarding starts at $49.Downtown Doggie’s daycare consists of indoor and outdoor free play, water play, and plenty of socialization. Daycare is $35, with discounts when you buy multi-day bundles.

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Aspen Meadows Pet Resort

This facility sits in east Colorado Springs in the Knob Hill area. Bedding, blankets, and food and water bowls are provided, but you’re welcome to bring any comfort toys or blankets from home. Boarding starts at $39 per night, and daycare starts at $25 — but your first day is free.

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Where to buy dog supplies

When it’s time to reload on food and toys, you need a shop you can trust. Here are the top tried-and-true pet stores in Colorado Springs.

Pet Pantry & Dog Wash

It’s not often you find a place to hose off after an adventure-filled day and stock up on supplies. Pet Pantry does both, and even better, you can find them in three locations in the north, south, and central areas of Colorado Springs.

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Bon Pet Supply

This locally-owned Old North End go-to carries a wide range of pet food made from natural ingredients. Your pup is welcome inside, so don’t hesitate to stop by on your next day of adventure.

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Pet Supplies Plus Colorado Springs

This trusted chain offers great deals on everything from natural dog food to toys and leashes. You can also hit the self-service dog wash or the pet clinic while you’re there, making it a one-stop shop for many of the most common dog services.

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Experiencing Colorado Springs as a dog owner

Whatever you’re into, Colorado Springs has plenty to offer for humans and canines. On the same day, you can hike some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the state, grab a bite at a brewery, and shop ‘til you drop. Plus, there’s no shortage of groomers and veterinarians to keep your pup looking and feeling their best.