The Best of Denver for Your Best Friend
Sit, stay. Dogs get the royal treatment at these Denver hotels that accept and pamper pets.
The Curtis - A Doubletree Hotel
Denver's The Curtis - a Doubletree Hotel, welcomes four-legged friends of all shapes, sizes, colors and dispositions to its Curtis K-9 Club. The Curtis even welcomes your furry friend with a shout-out on the K-9 Club sandwich board, which sits prominently in the lobby, including Fido's name and Polaroid photo. A special "Scooby Snack" amenity is available that includes all-natural doggie ice cream, a doggie doo-doo bag, a chew toy and food/water bowls to use.
Hotel Monaco, A Kimpton Hotel
The Hotel Monaco welcomes any number of pets without size or weight restrictions and for no extra charge or deposit. They offer: food and water bowls and a dog bed placed in your room; plastic pick-up bags and map for great Denver walks; a pet exercise area within walking distance of the hotel; and pet-sitting, grooming and walking services. Don't miss the Pampered Paws Pet Package which includes deluxe accommodations; Pawdicure, Pampering Bath and FURminator treatment at Dog Savvy Doggie Boutique and Spa; Doggie treats delivered to your room and more!
Hotel Teatro in downtown Denver goes above and beyond traditional pet-friendly offerings. All dogs receive complimentary accommodations in Hotel Teatro's lavish guest rooms with their owners stay, but there are additional premier packages also available. For pampered pups, the hotel offers a "Pawdicure" at a nearby pet spa and works with a certified canine massage therapist who provides special therapeutic services such as calming, maintenance and post-injury/post-surgical massages to speed recovery time. Hotel Teatro has welcomed the canine companions of notable pet owners like Sheryl Crow, Jessica Simpson and Christina Aguilera.
Warwick Denver Hotel
Dogs stay free at Warwick Denver Hotel and are treated to special amenities such as water and a selection of scrumptious dog treats in the lobby and Paw-Tio Happy Hour daily on the Randolph's Restaurant & Bar patio. There also is a Pampered Pet Package for true furry friend spoiling, including a Colorado flag collar, locally made treats, fun toy, 50 percent off a pampering session at Urban Dog only a short walk away, and use of a comfy Orvis dog bed, mat and food bowls.
The Westin Westminster
Dogs with a combined weight of 40 pounds or less are welcome at The Westin Westminster, which provides The Westin Heavenly Dog Bed, food and water bowls and mat, and a dog amenity kit. The hotel's friendly concierges can direct guests to walking paths in Westminster and pet-friendly parks, including the off-leash Westminster Hills Dog Park at 105th Avenue and Simms Street that features a dog swimming pond, benches, shade shelter and more.
the ART, A Hotel
Located in Denver's Golden Triangle Museum District, the ART, a hotel, offers a one-of-a-kind artsy experience for guests and their friendly four-legged companions. Canines are offered water and food bowls, a comfy bed and dog treats upon arrival. Located next to the Denver Art Museum, the hotel recently launched ART Run, an urban public run where guests and their pets can follow a curated map, beginning at the ART and going by downtown Denver's best public art pieces. Upon returning to the property, guests are provided with an ice cold bottle of water, while their dog can enjoy bacon-fused water. Notable artist Larry Bell's dog, Pinky, was the ART's first four-legged guest.
ADVENTURES IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Get outside with your dog at these great Denver area attractions.
Best Downtown Denver Dog Parks
Railyard Dog Park
A group of downtown residents with dogs helped make Railyard Dog Park, an in-the-city, one-acre dog park a reality in 2010. Located in LoDo (Lower Downtown Denver), this fenced-in, off-leash park has soft, sandy base, shaded areas, a water fountain and benches. Separate areas for low-energy and high-area dogs keep canines and owners in sync. Note: The park is temporarily closed pending a cleanup effort. Please check with the city for the current status.
Fuller Park Dog Park
Located in between Five Points and City Park West neighborhoods, the one-acre, fenced-in Fuller Dog Park has a suburban/urban feel due to its location in the residential area behind Manual High School. Expect sand for ground cover and a surrounding park area outside the fence. Water jugs are available but make sure to bring your own water just in case they are empty.
Berkeley Lake Dog Park
Situated on two acres near Lakeside Amusement Park just off Interstate 70 and Sheridan, Berkeley Lake Dog Park is a fenced in area for pooches and their pals just west of the lake. There is a parking lot just off West 46th Avenue, and then head northwest from there along the path. Bring water as there is no access to the lake from inside the dog park, and pet owners will be happy to know there is a separate fenced in area specifically designed for dogs under 25 pounds. The park can be a bit noisy do to its location but amusement park lights and roller-coaster sounds add to the atmosphere on fair-weather nights.
Cherry Creek State Park
Cherry Creek State Park is the largest regional park and recreation area in southeast Denver, and it was also the first park in the Colorado State Park system. The Dog Off Leash Area (DOLA) is a spacious 107-acre fenced area in the southeast corner of the park and offers water access to Cherry Creek for canine enjoyment. Use of the dog park requires a DOLA pass and a park pass for all vehicles entering the park. DOLA passes are available for $2/daily or $20/annually at the entrance stations and park office. When staff is unavailable to assist, daily passes can be purchased at the self-serve stations. Make sure to know the rules so everyone enjoys DOLA, such as keep dogs within visual distance and under voice control when off leash, carry a leash and waste bag for each dog, clean up after your dog, and respect the limit of three dogs per handler. Miles of trails meander through the Cherry Creek State Park, so dogs and owners have superb exploration and exercise opportunities. All dogs must remain on leash when visiting the park and not in the fenced area.
Great Places to Walk Your Dog
Make sure to keep dogs on leashes in these beautiful Denver Parks. If you prefer leash-free play, head to the dog parks mentioned above and the many others in the Denver metropolitan area.
The name Confluence Park hints at two waterways joining, which is exactly the case with Cherry Creek and the South Platte River meeting up at Denver's scenic Confluence Park. It's a favorite area to enjoy views of downtown, get out for a walk with Fluffy or Fido, observe kayakers braving the rapids and sunbathe on the sandy banks. The park is surrounded by residential lofts, shops and office buildings and located near REI's flagship store and Downtown Aquarium. Catch some tunes on summer Thursday evenings at the free concert series.
Located in east-central Denver, City Park covers 314 landscaped acres and is home to the Denver Zoo, Denver Museum of Nature & Science and a public golf course, all surrounded by a neighborhood. Playgrounds, picnic sites, lakes and more make this expansive park Denver's version of Central Park in New York City. It's a great place to spend a day as a family or with human and furry friends.
Located in central Denver, southeast of downtown at Franklin Street and Eighth Avenue, Cheesman Park has a long and storied history. A crushed granite path winds its way around the park, and there is plenty of space for flying kites and throwing Frisbees, enjoying a large children's playground, and taking in beautiful vistas from the historic Cheesman Memorial Pavilion, constructed from marble to honor Denver pioneer Walter Cheesman. Don't miss this urban oasis for pups and people.
Encompassing 155 acres of pleasant grounds, including two lakes and a flower garden that is a replica of George Washington's gardens at Mount Vernon, Washington Park is a favorite outdoor recreation paradise. One of the park's most distinct features is the Washington Park Boathouse, completed in 1913 and most recently renovated in 2012. Among the many other amenities that canines and their owners will observe and enjoy are a bicycle/pedestrian pathway, crushed granite jogging path, fitness course, horseshoe pit, lawn bowling/croquet area, soccer field, tennis courts and recreation center. Boat rentals are available, and also watch for free outdoor concerts.
Sloan's Lake Park
The 177-acre Sloan's Lake Park, the second largest of Denver's parks, is located in the Highlands neighborhood. Voted one of the best places to run, Sloan's Lake is bordered by a 2.6-mile trail for walking, jogging and biking. Fishing, boating and water skiing are allowed on the lake and the annual Colorado Dragon Boat Festival brings visitors and locals to Sloan's Lake Park to celebrate Asian-American culture and tradition. Grill out, play basketball or tennis, or just relax with a favorite canine family member in tow.