Dogs on Open Space and Mountain Parks
Dog Regulations by Area
Seasonal Leash restrictions are in place on some trails from May 1 - July 31 & August 15 - November 1.
The city's public dog parks are appropriate places to let your dog off-leash. Please respect dog regulations on all parts of Open Space and Mountain Parks. You may be issued a court summons by law enforcement personnel if you are found in violation of these rules.
"Voice and Sight Control" is a tough standard. Please read its criteria and carefully consider whether your dog has sufficient training to meet it. If you are in any doubt, your dog must remain on a leash.
Dogs must be leashed at trailheads, learn about the Trailhead Leash Program.
Mt. Sanitas/Red Rocks Area
All trails in the Mt. Sanitas area allow voice and sight control: Mt. Sanitas, Sanitas Valley, Dakota Ridge and Hawthorn Trails.
Dog regulation changes effective April 15, 2013: Dogs are no longer allowed on Lower McClintock Trail (from the wooden bridge below the Chautauqua Auditorium along the short distance heading west until Enchanted Mesa). Fern Canyon Trail (from where it leaves Mesa heading west to Bear Peak) will now allow voice and sight control.
Dogs are not allowed on Upper McClintock Trail. Other trails in the Chautuaqua and Enchanted Mesa areas allow voice and sight control: Chautauqua, Bluebell-Baird, Enchanted Mesa, Baseline, Gregory Canyon, Mesa, Royal Arch.
Wonderland Lake/North Foothills Area
Most trails in the Wonderland Lake/North Foothills area require dogs to be on leash including all trails around Wonderland Lake and Foothills Trail south of Lee Hill Road. Foothills Trail north of Lee Hill road allows voice and sight control. Dogs are prohibited in the Hogback Ridge Trail and all areas north and west of Foothills Trail on the west side of Highway 36 including the Hogback Ridge Trail.
Boulder Valley Ranch Area
Trails in the Boulder Valley Ranch area that allow voice and sight control: Eagle, Degge, Cobalt, Mesa Reservoir, Sage and North Rim Connector trails. Dogs must be leashed on the Left Hand Trail and are prohibited off-trail. Dogs are prohibited north and west of the Foothills Trail.
East Boulder Area
Most trails in the East Boulder area allow voice and sight control: Gunbarrel Farm and Teller Farm Sections of the East Boulder Trail. At Teller Lake, dogs must be leashed within 100 feet of the lake. Dogs are prohibited on the White Rocks section of the East Boulder Trail. Dogs must be leashed on the Cottontail Trail, between Highway 52 and Lookout Road.
Only the first two ponds at Sawhill, to the east of the parking area, are open to voice and sight control regulations. All other ponds and the interior of the nature preserve require that all dogs be leashed.
Effective April 15, 2013: Dogs will no longer be allowed on the Boy Scout Trail.
Other trails in the Flagstaff Summit area allow voice and sight control: Chapman/Tenderfoot, Ute, Rangeview, Flagstaff Trail.
Marshall Mesa Area
Marshall Mesa area trails that allow voice and sight control: Marshall Mesa, Community Ditch and Greenbelt Plateau Trails. Dogs must be leashed on the Coalton Trail. Dogs are prohibited in the Prairie Dog Habitat Conservation Area east of the Greenbelt Plateau Trail.
Flatirons Vista Area
The following trails in the Flatirons Vista area allow voice and sight control: Flatirons Vista, Prairie Vista, Doudy Draw and Community Ditch. There is a seasonal leash requirement on Doudy Draw south of Community Ditch in effect from August 15 to November 1 to protect black bears. Dogs are allowed on-leash and on-trail on Spring Brook North and the Fowler trail. Dogs are not allowed on Spring Brook South, Goshawk Ridge or in the Eldorado Mountain HCA.
Doudy Draw Area
The following trails in the Doudy Draw area allow voice and sight control: Doudy Draw, Community Ditch, Flatirons Vista and Prairie Vista. There is a seasonal leash requirement on Doudy Draw south of Community Ditch in effect from August 15 to November 1. This regulation protects black bears. Dogs are prohibited in the Eldorado Mountain area with the exception of Spring Brook North and Fowler Trail where dogs are allowed, but are required to be on-leash and on-trail. Dogs are also allowed on-leash on the Rattlesnake Gulch Trail, which is managed by Eldorado Canyon State Park.
South Mesa Trail Area
Dog regulation changes effective May 28, 2013: Dogs are no longer allowed on the Towhee Trail. Dogs are allowed under voice and sight control on the Homestead Trail but must be leashed on the bridge where it crosses the Towhee drainage.
Dog regulation changes effective April 15, 2013: Fern Canyon Trail (from where it leaves Mesa heading west to Bear Peak) will now allow voice and sight control.
These trails in the South Mesa Trail area allow voice and sight control: Homestead (except crossing Towhee drainage), Mesa, Big Bluestem, South Boulder Creek (west of Hwy. 93), S. Fork Shanahan, N. Fork Shanahan and Shadow Canyon Trails. Dogs are not allowed on Towhee Trail. There is a seasonal leash requirement on the Upper Big Bluestem Trail for black bears August 15 to November 1. Lower Big Bluestem Trail is leash-required year round. Dogs are prohibited in the area surrounding the lower section of the Big Bluestem Trail. Please keep your dog on the trail on this section.
South Boulder Creek Area
Most trails in the South Boulder Creek area allow voice and sight control: Dry Creek and South Boulder Creek Trail (Bobolink section - north of S. Boulder Road). Dogs must be leashed on the paved multi-use path between the Bobolink Trailhead and the East Boulder Community Center. Dogs are prohibited on South Boulder Creek Trail south of South Boulder Road.
Boulder Falls Area
Dogs must be leashed and remain on the trail corridor at Boulder Falls, 11 miles west of Boulder on Canyon Boulevard.
Left Hand Canyon Area
Dogs must be leashed at the Buckingham Picnic area.
Boulder Creek Path
Dogs must be leashed on the Boulder Creek path between Foothills Parkway and Arapahoe Road.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 June 2013 08:42