Summer Activities With Your Dog


Guest writer Sidehill Pet Sitter Alyssa

Summer Activities With summer just around the corner, everyone is pulling at the leash to get outside and enjoy the sunshine and warm weather. And fortunately for all you dog lovers, Fort Collins offers no shortage of activities to enjoy the dog days of summer with man’s best friend. So, here are some dog friendly summer activities to have a dog gone good time with your pet in Fort Collins this summer.

The Poudre Trail is a Fort Collins favorite.

This 21-mile paved nature trail is not just for cyclists, so get out there and take your dog for a walk along this scenic route. The peaceful sound of running water and the fresh smell of wildflowers and trees is sure to invigorate the senses of you and your pet. This trail meanders by some of the best breweries in Northern Colorado, so you can refresh yourself after your walk with a cold beverage. Enjoy the outdoor seating and the company of your pet.

Shops and restaurants

Breweries aren’t the only place where your dog can join you. Fort Collins is so dog-friendly, that some shops welcome both you and your furry friend. Enjoy a day of retail therapy with your dog! Stop by Wagz, an awesome pet supply and food store smack dab in the middle of historic Old Town, or eat at one of the many delicious restaurants that have an outdoor patio so your pet can join you. With so many scrumptious choices, you do not have to keep your appetite on a short leash.


Arguably one of the best outdoor activities to do with your dog in Fort Collins is hiking. Horsetooth, Lori State Park, the Poudre Canyon, Devil’s Backbone… The possibilities are endless. Get in a lot of exercise, soak up some sun, and enjoy the great outdoors. At the end of the day, both you and your pet are sure to be dog-tired.

See other hiking trails in the Fort Collins and Loveland areas.

Horsetooth Reservoir

You can also spend the day at every Fort Collinsian’s favorite body of water: Horsetooth Reservoir. Lay out in the sun or dip your feet in the crisp waters, just don’t forget to take your dog, or you’ll be in the doghouse!

Dog parks

This summer, don’t make your dogs stay at home and play dead. Take them out to one of the many dog parks that Fort Collins offers. The ones on Lake Street, Horsetooth Road, or Fossil Creek are a few of my girl’s favorites. This is a great way to meet other dog fanatics. It also keeps your dogs occupied so they don’t get bored at home and start barking up the wrong tree.

Learn about the local dogs parks in Fort Collins and Loveland.

Fort Collins is the perfect town for people who love the outdoors and dogs. Be sure to take advantage of some great summer activities and enjoy the city, sun, and companionship of man’s best friend.