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Pets at Colorado State Parks
Pets at Colorado State Parks
Couple enjoying camping at a state park with their dog

​​​Four-legged Friends Welcome

Colorado State Parks understand that for many people, dogs are a part of the family, and a vacation just would not be the same without their furry companions. Fortunately for Fido and Fluffy, we have many parks, trails and campgrounds where your four-legged family members can join the fun.

Did you know that we have 38 state parks that allow dogs on trails and in Lady walking 2 dogs in a state parkcampgrounds? Pets are even allowed in designated cabins and yurts for overnight family stays.

No doubt, our canine companions need their owner's help to make sure they are following proper petiquette in the park. Here are a few simple tips to ensure that everyone enjoys a pleasurable visit: 

  • Keep your pet on a maximum 6-foot leash. No matter how well-behaved you think your dog is, he or she may not be able to resist chasing after deer, squirrels, other dogs or even children.  ​
  • Pets are not allowed on swim beaches or water-ski beaches at state parks. 
  • Properly dispose of pet waste. Always carry a few plastic bags with you. 
  • Do not leave pet food outside at night or when not at your site. Many critters are attracted to an easy meal. 
  • Make sure you pet is wearing i.d. tags and carry a current photo. 
  • Ensure that your pet's vaccinations and license are up to date. 
  • Park quiet hours are 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily; but no one enjoys a barking pet left unattended at a campsite, regardless of the hour. 
  • Be sure to bring bedding or a plastic tarp for your pet, as well as food and drinking water. Pets that drink from streams or lakes may consume bacteria that could make them sick. 

Park staff can also provide tips to keep you and your pet safe and warn you of potential dangers such as mountain lions or rattlesnakes in the area.
Check with the visitor center or park ranger to find out if there are any other restrictions for pets. Areas deemed sensitive to wildlife, particularly during nesting or mating season, may be off-limits. 

Know Before You Go

Pets are best left at home when visiting Roxborough and Harvey Gap State Parks, which do not allow pets in the park. Barr Lake, Cheyenne Mountain, James M. Robb – Colorado River and Mueller​ State Parks restrict pets in some park areas or trails. Check each park web page or call for more information.​

Dog Off-Leash Areas

Chatfi​​eld and Cherry Creek​ State Parks offer dog off-leash areas. For more information go to the Dog Off-Leash Area park pages.

Why You Should Leash Your Dog

Please read the eye-opening presentation on the importance of leash laws​.