Fall puppy photograph Golden Colorado
Fall puppy photograph Golden Colorado
Woman sitting by the creek in Fall with her dog.
Photo of Bernese mountain dog with owner in the mountains.
Four Dogs Photographed in Colorado Mountains
Woman sitting in the park with her Dachshund
Photo of Cattle dog giving kisses
Bernese Mountain Dog Photographed Outside Denver Colorado
Photo of woman with multiple dogs in mountain field.
Border Collie Dog Photo
Photo of Golden Retriever dog playing in the creek.
Border Collie photo in park with owner
Dog Photo by Clear Creek in Golden Colorado
German Shepherd with owner in the mountains.
Hound mix photo in Golden Colorado
Yorkie dog photo Downtown Denver
Siberian Husky photo in Rocky Mountains

Denver's best spots to enjoy Fall

by Kris Phillips

Cool nights and brisk mornings can mean only one thing- hoodie & hot cocoa weather in on it’s way. Every year our beautiful Colorado countryside is transformed into a glowing landscape of gold & red. Of course we all have a trip to Aspen on our bucket list, but really, you don’t have to drive quite that far to enjoy the magic of this season.

I want to share a few of my favorite spots to walk among the changing leaves. Bonus: your dog can go with you.

Bulldog in Frisco, ColoradoLily Pad Lake trail in Frisco

This is the farthest on my list. About 70 miles on I-70 west will put you in the mountain town of Frisco, and just on the other side of the highway you’ll find the Lily Pad Lake trail head. The trail is short and the view totally worth it! A short hike through the changing Aspen grove will lead you to a beautiful reflecting pond. But if you go on a weekend, be sure to get there early. The parking is somewhat limited. To round out the trip be sure to spend some time in the town of Frisco. For a trip guide head over to Adventures in Frisco.

Couple with puppy in Lions Park in Golden, Colorado.

Lions Park in Golden

Lions Park in Golden sits along the edge of Clear Creek, just West of Old Town Golden. If you haven’t been to the lovely park, I highly recommend it! With easy access to the creek you’ll often see fishermen & kayakers doing their thing. And the various shallows make this a great place for dogs & kids alike to splash around in the warm afternoon. It also happens to be one of my absolute favorite places to photograph, especially this time of year.

Mini Aussie photographed in the Fall next to 4 Mile Historic Park in Cherry Creek Colorado.

Cherry Creek Trail in Cherry Creek. 

Cherry Creek Trail is a well-traveled stretch running along Cherry Creek. You can take a moment to relax at Creekside Park, 4 Mile Historic Park, or Garland Park. The trail & creek start North of Denver and eventually run all the way to Cherry Creek State Park & Reservoir. Cherry Creek State park boasts a massive 107 acre off-leash dog area. With lots and lots of room for splashing in the creek among the falling foliage.

We live in an amazing city just teaming with the beauty of the natural world. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day to day and forget to pause for just a moment and take it all in. A deep breath of fresh, crisp air. A roll in the grass. A moment to just watch the leaves drifting down as nature prepares for the coming Winter. These are the things that dogs are so good at. These are the things we need to learn from them. Take some time this weekend to just enjoy!

Woman with her dog at Lions Park in Golden Colorado

And if you haven’t booked your Fall photo session yet, I still have a few openings available for the end of October.

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