Ajax - Dogs can ride the gondola for free. If you hike up and ride the gondola down, you ride free too! (Summer only)
Difficult Creek Trail
Hunter Creek Cutoff - off-leash allowed!
Independence Pass Road
Smuggler Road - off-leash allowed!
For trail guide, regulations, and maps check out the City's Trails Page.
In the winter, there are 6 dog-friendly nordic trails you can enjoy with your energetic dog. See details at Aspen Nordic
Winter-friendly trails are marked with a snowflake. Also during the winter, the Golf Course is open for cross-country skiing and your dogs are welcome to join!
New Rule: Dogs are prohibited between 7:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. at Snowmass, Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands. Dogs are always prohibited on Ajax in the winter.
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A comprehensive list of trails in Aspen can be found at the Chamber's Website or the Parks & Rec. Below are a few of the most popular trails known to be dog-friendly. Most trails require dogs to be leashed. Off-leash areas require the dog be under voice & sight control. Be sure to take a poop bag or grab one from a station near the trail! Check with the Aspen Ranger District for more information and rules. 970-925-3445
Dogs strictly prohibited on the City of Aspen Golf Course (except in Winter), Cozy Point Ranch, North Star Open Space, and Maroon Creek Wetlands. Leash laws strictly enforced in downtown Aspen (especially walking malls), Herron Park (including wading pool), Hunter Creek Trail, Rio Grande Trail, Jennie Adair Wetlands, Marolt Wetlands (near housing), and the playing fields at school campus and Aspen Rec Center.
If you are in Aspen without a dog and would like one to take hiking with you, check out the Aspen Animal Shelter's Rent-a-pet program. You can borrow a homeless dog for the day and give him a fun outing and some exercise!