Image: Dan Bayer

John Denver Sanctuary

Dogs love to splash and swim in the shallow pools formed here by the Roaring Fork River. From Aspen’s Rio Grande Park, take the paved, riverside trail that runs behind Theatre Aspen’s tent, and look for the song lyrics inscribed on huge, granite boulders. Your dog may howl out “Rocky Mountain High” in delight. aspenrecreation.com

Marolt Open Space

The pond in the northwest corner of this open-space tract, just off Castle Creek Road near the Aspen roundabout, welcomes dogs for a cool dip. A combo paved and gravel path encircles the water. pitkinoutside.org

Confluence Park, Basalt

Across from the 7-11 (where the road dead-ends by a pedestrian bridge), a short, steep path leads to this undeveloped park. Local dogs love to wade and chase sticks at the gravel beach on the right, where the Fryingpan River takes its last gasp before merging with the mightier Roaring Fork. basalt.net

Crown Mountain Park, El Jebel

As dogs lap the park’s 1-mile paved walking path with their owners, they like to stop at the large pond in the southwest corner for a swim. Also try the network of short riverside trails downhill from Crown Mountain’s bike park; several small inlets allow pooches to dip in without having to venture out into the Roaring Fork’s strong current. crownmtn.org

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