Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Central City with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great hike but has a couple of boulder sections of Black Bear Paw that our 12 yr old border collie had some difficulty with... heads up.

The aspens were beautiful! This hike has it all, meadows, aspens, sections through the evergreen trees, amazing view on top of the rocks of the canyon. Just the right amount of difficulty.

Just finished this hike with my fiance and our dog and it was incredible! We took the Black Bear trail from the Ralston Roost parking area and followed the loop clockwise. I'm really glad we did this because it starts off really steep and rocky, but after you make it to the top and start down on the Horseshoe trail it's less steep and a bit easier. It's nice to get the hard stuff out of the way first, while I'm fresh.

There's some rock scramble areas, and areas where the trail isn't clear due to boulders, but the signage is really good, so keep your eyes open for those. The Meadows are incredibly beautiful and the flowers are starting to bloom. No snow at all on this trail, that was a concern since some of the higher up trails are still snow covered.

We'll definitely add this trail to our repertoire!

2 months ago

Pretty nice trail. Recommend going up blackbear to get the hard uphill out of the way. Very nice hike with light traffic.

2 months ago

We did this Monday 7-30-18. Beautiful hike, good climb at the start if you go to the left and do Blackbear first. Appreciate the signage at the top! Will likely go back once the Aspens start to change color.

3 months ago

Great trail. Took my 6 year olds with and they did very well.

Great hike with a beautiful rewarding view at the top, and then beautiful aspen trees and wildflowers on the way back down. Highly recommend!

It was diverse

trail running
4 months ago

Would do this one again. I love this park, it’s beautiful!! I can’t wait to do mountain lion trail on the other side now.

It gets very rocky at the top so be sure to follow the signs. No mountain bikers!!!! :) I saw people with dogs, but I can’t imagine doing the top of this trail with a dog. Horseshoe trail is good for trail running on the way back, but black bear is more of a hiking trail.

4 months ago

An easy trail that the kids really enjoyed. This was the first stop of our Colorado trip.

4 months ago

Did this as introduction backpacking experience for my partner. Good little overnight trip. You do have to pick your campsite ahead of time at the visitors center, but we arrived in the afternoon and only one had been selected (on a holiday weekend). We camped at site five and had a couple of encounters with two moose there. As others have said, not a ton of breathtaking views but still worth doing.

Love this hike. No bikes or horses allowed on most of the trail so this one stays fairly quiet even when the rest of the park is crowded. Steady climb no matter which direction you go. Great views on Black Bear and a nice creek on the Horseshoe side. Rocky in spots and watch the signs on the incline in Black Bear. It is very easy to go the wring direction. Great hike close to Denver.

Did this trail 4/22. Little muddy in few spots but mostly dry and super fun. Some really awesome views once you get going as well. Third time hiking this combo and one of my all time favorites.

Great scenic drive. Would highly recommend stopping in Nederland, it’s such a cool little town!

9 months ago

It was a fun little hike on Christmas day. 2-3"snow all along. It ends in Mule Deer trail, which is closed on the right side (climbing up) in about 100 yards
It was windy, cold and snowing throughout.
We started hike at about 2:30 pm

Not too difficult and hooks up to a lot of other trails.

Hiked the first week of December. It is very rocky at parts and not much of a view except at the very top. Still a very wonderful trail.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Nice fairly short hike through mostly wooded trails. Don't expect many aha moments but there are some nice snow cap shots. Strenuous and rocky at times but should be doable for most. Make sure to have a map. To follow the trail as it is shown here, there are lots of turns. The trail is well marked but pay attention in the area around Ralston Roost as it makes its way through rocky terrain.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Did the black bear trail. Great hike, great views. Coming back for camping!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

This trail is fine, but not one you'll be telling your friends they HAVE to do. The colors were starting to change last weekend and there are some great aspen groves along the trail, which were very pretty.

The thing this trail lacks is sweeping views of the surrounding valley and mountains. There are spots where you can go off trail to find a ledge with views, but the majority of the trail itself is in the trees.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Pretty hike! Spot on for distance. You do need a park pass so stop at the station right before the turn to the trailhead if you don't have one. Some of the Aspens were just starting to change when we went last weekend. I imagine it will be even more beautiful in a few weeks.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Great trail. Some loose areas and steep moments but not too difficult.

scenic driving
Sunday, August 13, 2017

One of my favorite Colorado scenic drives. Stop in Estes and Nederland.

LOVE these trails. Moderate incline and lots of shade.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Solid hike for exercise, but the scenery could be better.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Great hike, weather was great. We got a little rain around 1230 ish, but not bad. Not very crowded at all. Beautiful flowers and scenery.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Awesome hike! There is some rock scrambling, but trail is very well marked. You also go through aspen groves which will be beautiful in the fall.

scenic driving
Saturday, July 01, 2017

Did this drive as part of our week long loop trip in Sept. of 2016. Getting off I-70 just before Idaho Springs, we drove up thru Central City, and then out to see the east portal of the Moffat tunnel in Rollinsville, just as a train had come thru. We spent the first 2 nights in Nederland. Then we drove from there up to Estes Park for a few days. Great drive with lots of places to see along the way. Aspens were just starting to turn color. Another great stretch of scenic highway in Colorado!!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Great hike! Well marked and a lot of variety to the trail. Went up Black Bear trail and came down Horseshoe Trail. Black bear trail was some what challenging but definitely doable with beautiful views. Took about 3 1/2 hours.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Great hike!

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