Dogs on Open Space and Mountain Parks
Open Space and Mountain Parks offers dog guardians and their dogs many opportunities to enjoy the nature that's right in our backyards.
OSMP lands have 144 miles of trails, 90 percent of which are open to dogs. It is your responsibility as a dog guardian to read and understand the regulations so that everyone can enjoy their visit to OSMP!
Dog regulations vary on OSMP lands. In some areas, dogs must be leashed. In other areas, dogs may be allowed off-leash if they wear a voice and sight tag and are under voice and sight control. Dogs are prohibited on a few trails.
Dogs must not be aggressive towards other people or dogs. It is illegal for dogs to chase or disturb wildlife or livestock. You must pick up after your dog on OSMP land. Don't leave it by the trail to be picked up later.
Voice and Sight Dog Tag Program
Open Space & Mountain Parks is one of few systems on the Colorado Front Range which allow dog guardians to walk dogs off-leash. This opportunity is possible only if dogs are responsibly controlled under voice and sight control and display a voice and sight dog tag. It is a tough standard for both dogs and guardians.
Attention: Please take a moment to update your contact information if you a member of the Voice and Sight Dog Tag Program.
Keep Your Dog Safe
OSMP is home to wildlife that could kill or injure your dog. Coyotes can be especially dangerous to dogs -- never let your dog run with coyotes even if they seem to be playing. The easiest way to keep your dog safe from coyotes is to keep your dog on-leash. More information on coyote-dog interaction is available on Colorado Parks & Wildlife's "Living with Wildlife in Coyote Country" page.
Other animals that could pose a threat to your dog include black bears, mountain lions, porcupines, skunks and rattlesnakes. All of these animals are more likely to attack your dog if your dog is chasing them.
Other safety tips:
What is voice and sight control?
What is voice and sight control in the corridor?
Besides its bad smell, dog waste can pollute water sources and encourage noxious weeds to grow. Coyotes and other wildlife eat what is available to them on OSMP land. Dogs eat dog food or table scraps, so their waste is different from wildlife droppings. Dog waste can harbor microbes and drain to Boulder's creeks and reservoirs. It is also rich in nitrogen, which encourages noxious and invasive weeds to grow.
How can I find out which trails allow dogs?
Where should I train my dog in voice and sight control?
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 August 2012 15:22