Ruffing around the Rock

Get the inside scoop on pup-friendly places that cater to your fur-tastic family member.

If you know anything about our beautiful town, you already know we are one of the best cities (and states) to be a dog in. People love their pets for many reasons, and pets benefit our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Landing in the top ten places for dogs to live on the Forbes bests of 2023, there is no time like the present. Grab that leash and hit the town.


Dog Bone Park at Terrain Castle Rock

Dog Bone Park, located within walking distance from every home in Terrain, is a large space where residents can unleash their 4-legged family members and let them run free. Terrain was designed to give residents ample space to connect with nature and with one another, and Dog Bone Park is no exception. It’s a place for dog owners to meet other dog owners while giving their pets ample space to run and play.

Wiggly Dog Park

If you’re new to the Meadows community, you can find Wiggly Dog Park north of Paintbrush Park. It’s a great fenced area to let your dog run and socialize with others. If you have an athletic pup and would like to try a few tricks, you and your dog can go in, out, and over a few obstacles. If your dog is more of the roaming type, that’s fine. They can play with others; there’s plenty of space for that, too.

If you’re looking for something different to do in this summer, check out Yappy Hour. It’s happy hour for you and your dog several Tuesdays throughout the summer at Wiggly Dog Park. Check out the Meadows Facebook page to learn more about this fun event.

Douglas County Off-Leash Area by DC Fairgrounds

Midday is the best time to visit Douglas County Off-Leash Area. At this time of day, there are several fur parents and canines you and your dog can socialize and play with. This off-leash dog park has two areas where you can let your fur baby play.

The Glendale Farm Open Space Dog Park

This park is a fully fenced, 17-acre off-leash area adjacent to the Glendale Farm Trail in Castle Rock. This park features plenty of space for Fido to run, benches for humans, and a mini agility course. After some off-leash fun, leash your pup and enjoy the 1.6-mile Glendale Farm Trail.


Outlets at Castle Rock

Dogs make the best retail-therapy partners, and this shopping center welcomes them inside. Dog-friendly is their specialty with a small doggy area and plenty of pats from pup-loving staff. Many a day you will see walkers early in the morning walking around with their furry friend and chatting it up with others.

Murdoch’s—a ranch & home supply store

Murdoch's employees love it when you put your friendly dogs on a leash and walk them into the stores. As a pet-friendly business, Murdoch’s welcomes them all year, but they especially love when you take advantage of this little shopping perk during the hot summer months. They even have loaner leashes for you to borrow.

One of their least favorite things to see is a pet inside a dangerously hot car in their parking lot. Please bring ‘em into the store with you! They even have treats at the cashier stands.

Chuck & Don’s

Chuck & Don's frequently offers new pet meet n’ greets. Chat with their pet wellness experts about diet, enrichment and more. Plus, get recommendations and meet other new pet parents. You can bring your new pet or just yourself! They gladly welcome well-behaved, leashed pets in the store.

The Pet Stuff Place

The Pet Stuff Place can help you make the best choices for the well-being of your dogs. You and your pets are always welcome to sit down and visit with the amazing owners and staff for some creative problem-solving or conversation about the latest and greatest animal antics.

Doggie Day Care, Boarding and Camps


Canine Ridge Farm

This place is a dog’s dream. They have it all. From day camp to daily walks to overnight getaways. What dog doesn’t love to live on or visit a farm? They have a secured 2-acre parcel where dogs can live out that dream—playing fetch, keeping cool in the pool, or simply exploring and discovering new scents around the pasture. If your dog prefers to be led on a nature walk around the 35-acre property, they are happy to accommodate. Of course, all dogs will get awesome belly rubs, hugs, and ear scratches throughout the day!

Tails Up

Tails Up’s enriched daycare program is intentionally different from what you will find in other facilities. They recommend that their daycare dogs stay between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm to ensure they can receive all of their playtime! They have a 7,000-square-foot outdoor play yard covered with K9 Grass, a synthetic turf designed specifically for dogs. Each yard has a fun climbing area to provide guests with places to explore or sunbathe after chasing the ball or wrestling with new friends. There are two large yards for the bigger dogs and a separate small-dogs-only play yard.

Camp Bow Wow

If you want to be able to access live-cam footage of what your pup is up to when you are away, this might be the spot for you. Camp Bow Wow gives you access to their live webcams through your computer or smartphone. The owner and staff want to provide peace of mind for those times you can’t be with your pup. Camp Bow Wow Castle Rock is a premier dog care franchise that provides services to fit any pet parent’s needs. Besides daycare and boarding, they also offer grooming and dog training.

PAWS Pet Resort

PAWS was founded by Dr. Deborah Patterson, who dreamed of taking care of every animal in multiple capacities. She opened Brooklyn Veterinary Clinic in 2006, and after outgrowing the original space, she realized her dream of opening a larger facility that included a small pet resort. PAWS Pet Resort is a full-service pet care facility offering doggie daycare, boarding, and grooming. Because the resort is attached to and owned by a veterinary clinic, they can also give your pet all the medical attention they may need.

Restaurants/ Brewery Dog Friendly Patios

Fur babies like to go out to eat too with the family. That comes from a staff that never leave their babies at home. (Please call ahead to confirm before heading to these establishments in case something has changed)

Tribe at Riverwalk                                Burly Brewing                         Hideaway Bar and Grill

Cuba Cuba                                           Wild Blue Yonder                    Vista Vino

Crowfoot Coffee and Bar                    Miyo Café                                The Berg Haus

105 West Brewing                              Pegasus                                   CRUSH Wine Bar

Zabbracci                                            Duke’s Steak House                B & B Cafe

A dog, also known as human's best friend, is happiest when you spend time with them. Dogs really enjoy and are fulfilled getting out and about with their families!

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