Picture this: you, your better half, and Mother Nature. Your better half is your dog. Here are the five best places to hike with your dog around Grand Junction.

Gung Ho For Gunny Loop

Little Park Road

Gunny Loop is easy to find and is not a high traffic area. Which means more quality, alone time with your pup. From the looks of it, this dog seems to really enjoy Gunny Loop.

Lunch Loop, It's Not Just For Lunch

Off Monument Road

Lunch Loop isn't just for lunch, it can be enjoyed at any time. The trail is open 24 hours a day and is popular with walkers, runners, cyclists and human walkers -- aka dogs.

Riverbend Park

Highway 6

Riverbend Park in Palisade is one of my favorite parks I've ever been to. I love that every time I go there I see dogs and that no leash is required.

Audubon Trail

Riverside Parkway

Even though the name is Audubon, the rules say to avoid excessive speeds. Come together (with your dog) at the 7-mile-long Audubon Trail, much like the junction of the two rivers.

Palisade Rim Trail

G Road

The Palisade Rim Trail is another trail open 24 hours a day is far from crowded.There are two loops for you and your precious fur baby to choose from and beautiful Bookcliffs, variation in altitude and lost of cool rocks await you and your dog.