Dog-Friendly Destination: Colorado Springs

Source: Jacqueline Poggi

Source: Jacqueline Poggi

In this edition of Dog Friendly Destinations we’re trekking a bit further west than we have in the past to the charming city of Colorado Springs. While it certainly isn’t a quick weekend getaway, Colorado Springs is totally worth the 16 hour drive or 2 ½ hour flight from Chicago.

If you’re trying to orient yourself geographically, Colorado Springs lies at the eastern foot of the Rocky Mountains near glacier-carved Pikes Peak, a landmark in Pike National Forest with hiking trails and a cog railway leading to its 14,114-foot summit. If you’re not up for a strenuous adventure, Colorado Springs also boasts more than 10,000 acres of public park space and seven off-leash dog parks. Unsurprisingly, Colorado Springs has consistently been ranked as one of the most dog-friendly destinations in the country.

With winter weather on its way, there’s no better time to pack up your furry family and make a trip to one of the most scenic cities west of the Mississippi. Here’s where to stay, what to see, and how to have fun in Colorado Springs.

Dog-Friendly Lodging
Visitors to Colorado Springs have over a dozen choices for pet-friendly lodging! We listed a few of our favorites below. Check out the rest on visitcos.com.

The Broadmoor
1 Lake Ave, Colorado Springs
(855) 634-7711

Cheyenne Mountain Resort
3225 Broadmoor Valley Rd, Colorado Springs
(719) 538-4000

El Colorado Lodge
23 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs
(719) 685-5485

Grey Wolf Ranch
2631 County Rd 86, Victor
(719) 302-5906

Dog-Friendly Restaurants
The following restaurants allow dogs to dine with their human companions outdoors when the weather permits. Check out the full list of dog-friendly restaurants on visitcos.com.

PJ’s Stagecoach Inn
702 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs
(719) 685-9114

Pizzeria Rustica
2527 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs
(719) 632-8121

Sonterra Grill
28B S. Tejon St, Colorado Springs
(719) 471-9222

Salsa Brava
802 Village Center Dr, Colorado Springs
(719) 266-9244

Dog-Friendly Attractions
Dogs love exploring the exciting sights and smells of Colorado Springs. The following dog-friendly attractions are favored by locals and visitors alike.

Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center

Manitou Cliff Dwellings

Seven Falls

Bear Creek Dog Park

Rampart Dog Park

Palmer Park Dog Park

Cheyenne Meadows Dog Park

Stratton Open Space

Memorial Park

Dog-Friendly Retail
The following shopping centers allow Colorado Springs visitors to shop at their favorite stores with their favorite pets.

Outlets at Castle Rock
5050 Factory Shops Blvd, Castle Rock
(303) 688-4495

Promenade Shops at Briargate
1885 Briargate Pkwy, Colorado Springs
(719) 265-6264

Have you visited Colorado Springs with your pup? Let us know about your experience on The Doggy Dojo Facebook Page!

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