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See lots of waggin’ tails at the Wag`n Trail!

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You know how some events just seem meant to be experienced in Colorado? Whether they take you outdoors to enjoy our scenic state or tantalize your taste buds with delicious local food and libations, some events are just “quintessentially Colorado.”

Enter Wag `n Trail—an event that combines dogs, hiking and craft beer to benefit homeless pets at the Dumb Friends League Buddy Center in Castle Rock, Colo.

If you think that sounds like a classic Colorado event, you’re right. So what should you know before you go? Lucky for you, we have all of the answers right here.

Wag `n Trail: Event Details

The dogs: This is both a Colorado event and a Dumb Friends League event, which means you can bring your dog! While pups are welcome, we ask that you keep them on-leash while walking the trail. They can enjoy a five-acre off-leash park before or after the festivities if they still have more energy to burn. There will also be vendors and sponsors featuring dog-inspired goodies for your furry friend, among other items.

The hike: Taking place on September 16 at Glendale Farm Open Space in Douglas County, this beautiful Colorado trail hike offers views of Pikes Peak and the Front Range. The trail is 1.6 miles and is rated as moderately easy with some short climbs that could be challenging for some people and pups. The overall elevation change is about 200 feet.

The beer: What’s more rewarding after exercise than sipping on a Colorado craft brew? Not a whole heck of a lot. Living the Dream Brewing Co. is sponsoring the Wag `n Trail beer garden for the second year. The good news is that each registration includes a craft beer (or root beer for the younger ones or non-beer drinkers).

Wag `n Trail: Registration & How it Helps

The registration: Your $50 registration fee includes the hike, a downloadable photo of you and your dog, a photo frame, a bag of Hill’s Science Diet® treats, craft beer or root beer and ice cream for both you and your dog. For just $25 more, you’ll get an exclusive event long-sleeved T-shirt and dog bandana. Visit to register—it’s that easy!

The cause: This hike benefits homeless pets in the Dumb Friends League’s care, specifically at the Buddy Center in Castle Rock, the only full-service animal shelter in Douglas County. All money raised helps the Buddy Center care for more than 4,000 pets per year. The facility provides pet adoptions, lost and found pet services, foster care, humane education programs and more.

Wag `n Trail: What else you need to know

The rest: In addition to registering for the hike, we encourage participants to raise even more money to help homeless pets. Those who reach specific goals will receive cool fundraising incentive items like an official event hoodie or softshell jacket.

We also encourage people to start teams of family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc.—all raising money and hiking as a team for a great cause! Teams of four or more people will also receive special team-only incentive items.

So what if you already have plans on Sept. 16—or are planning to hike a different trail that day? You can still make a difference for homeless pets by registering as a virtual hiker. A $25 registration fee gets you an official Wag `n Trail bandana for your pup and an opportunity to submit a photo for our virtual hiker contest. You can still fundraise for cool incentive items and your hike doesn’t have to take place on Sept. 16, but can be done anytime from now until October 16.

So that’s the scoop about Wag `n Trail—the quintessential Colorado event that raises money to help homeless pets at the Dumb Friends League Buddy Center.

We hope to see you and your furry friend’s waggin’ tail there!

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