If dogs could suggest a new place to live for their owners, there’s a pretty good chance they’d enthusiastically say (or bark), “Boulder!”
No, really. They probably would. Boulder, Colorado is one of the best places in the country to be if you’re a dog, and it isn’t half bad for people, either! The city maintains a small town feel with big city amenities, countless outdoor activities, and beautiful views year-round.
Whether you’re considering relocating to Boulder or just want something to do with your pooch, the city offers tons of great activities for pets and pet owners alike. With opportunities ranging from dog friendly parks to dog-exclusive events, this Rocky Mountain city won’t ever leave you wondering what to do on a saturday afternoon with Fido.
Let’s dig in and touch on some of the highlights:
The Best Dog Parks in Boulder
Boulder is home to no less than four dog parks. Thanks to reasonable rules laid out by the city and help from responsible pet owners, each park is well maintained, clean, and safe for a day of doggie fun. The only hard part is choosing which park you want to visit—they each have their own merits.
For example, Foothills Dog Park at 800 Cherry Avenue is a local favorite thanks to its beautiful views, complimentary water bowls, and covered sitting areas for human guests. What really makes this fenced two acre park special is its unique design: there’s two areas, one for small dogs, and one for large dogs.
Valmont Dog Park at 5300 Valmont is the largest dog park in the city at over three acres. This park also includes separate areas for large dogs and small dogs, although the area for large dogs is significantly more spacious, making it a great destination for pet owners with large dogs. A renovation just a few years ago brought some nice additions to the park such as well maintained grassy areas, complimentary biodegradable bags, and two water hose areas.
And finally, during the summer, you can’t miss a trip to East Boulder Dog Park at 5660 Sioux Drive. There’s a small, clean lake. Yes, the dogs are allowed to swim in it. Pool party, anyone?
Dog Friendly Restaurants? Yes!
A true sign of pet-friendliness in a community are pet-friendly restaurants. Boulder has more than a handful, especially during the summertime when patrons enjoy sitting outside to eat, drink, and observe the beautiful Colorado views with their families, pets included.
A local favorite is the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse at 1770 13th Street, right next to Central Park and Boulder Creek. Teas, light bites, and stunning architecture hand-crafted after being shipped from Tajikistan and rebuilt. You can read more about this fascinating establishment here.
Also welcome to well behaved and leashed dogs is the Rockies Brewing Company. With outdoor patio seating available for patrons, you and your pooch locally brewed beers and great food. Visitors can also enjoy a tour through Colorado’s very first microbrewery every weekday at 2 PM. Located at 2880 Wilderness Place, this is a fun, pet-friendly destination.
Pawesome Boulder Events for Dogs
It seems that dog lovers would be hard-pressed to have to go longer than a few weeks without a pet-friendly event in the city of Boulder. From doggie fashion shows to fun runs to benefit the local Humane Society, Boulder pet owners are rarely lacking in great activities.
May brings the annual Rocky Mountain Pet Expo, which has contests including a fashow show, a cutest dog competition, and a scavenger hunt. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet pet vendors, watch demonstrations, and network with with fellow dog owners.
Late in summer, usually September, the Boulder Water Park has their annual Doggie Plunge where four-legged swimmers can beat the heat. Dog-sized life jackets and plenty of fun water toys are complimentary. And make sure you don’t leave without a free Paw Pop.
To benefit the local Humane Society of Boulder Valley, the Boulder Doggie Dash takes place also in September. Pet owners can enjoy a two mile fun run and explore the always-exciting pet expo and demonstrations.
High Quality Veterinary Services
When your pooch needs some extra care, Boulder will have you covered with a number of highly qualified veterinary services. The Natural Animal Hospital at 685 South Broadway Street and Indian Peaks Veterinary Hospital at 3015 Sterling Circle are both well-reviewed, highly praised, and trusted veterinary services in the city—among many others, if your dog or other pets have special needs.
Learn More About Boulder
If you’d like to learn more about Boulder and the many benefits of living in this beautiful town in the Rocky Mountain foothills, I’d love to tell you all about it. My extensive experience and network of professionals including lenders, appraisers, and skilled experts will make the process of finding your new home an easy and enjoyable one. Please feel free to contact me today through email or by calling (303) 525-2425.