Updated January 3, 2021
After Ranger's passing to the great hiking trails in the skies, Buddy Harriger has agreed to continue The Roving Ranger page, in the hunt of great place for older dogs to explore the Denver area. The reviews shall now be called "Buddy's Best"
Ranger is exploring the Denver metro area for the best trails and hikes for senior dogs.
He has rated them 1-4 howls based on smoothness and width of trail, amount of tree-covered areas, things to see and do (bonus paw for stream or pond for cooling the paws), number of other dogs likely to be there, bicycles, etc...
Jewell Wetlands,- S. Potomac St. & E. Jewell Ave. Aurora, CO 80012
3+ Howls! - Great open trails, lots of wildlife, small pond and stream.
Delaney Farms- 170 South Chambers Road, Aurora 80012
2 Howls! - Nice wide trails, few trees so it gets very hot in the summer, Lots of bugs and prairie dogs to watch.
Fox Run Regional Park-2110 Stella Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80921
4+ howls! -Great open trails, really cool trees for the humans, too
Star K Ranch-16002 E. Smith Rd., Aurora, CO 80011
3 howls!-Nice shaded trails. Lots of prairie dogs, rabbits, and birds to watch. Can be lots of other dogs on weekends (not all polite). A good walk with your older/slower humans.
Lookout Mountain Nature Center-910 Colorow Road, Golden CO 80401
3 howls !- Several trails, well-shaded. Nice wide paths. Lots of wildlife and smells to check out. Must be on a 5-foot leash, but a great place to explore with slower humans.