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Dog Etiquette
Dog Etiquette
Dog in tall grasses

Well-behaved Pets and Prepared Owners are Appreciated

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Our canine companions need their owners' help to make sure they are following proper etiquette. Here are a few simple tips to ensure that everyone enjoys a pleasurable visit: 


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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 chil​​dren. 

Read more about the safety benefits of making sure your dog stays leashed. ​

​Pets are not allowed on swim beaches or water-ski beaches. 

​To keep the beaches and water clean, pets are not allowed on CPW-managed beaches.

Properly dispose of pet waste. 

Owners are responsible for proper removal and disposal of pet waste in a dumpster or trash receptacle. Always carry a few plastic bags with you. ​

Ensure that your pet's vaccinations and license are up to date and that your pet is wearing i.d. tags. ​​​

Be proactive and vaccinate your pet: protect your pet from other pets or wildlife that may not be in good health. In addition to your pet's i.d. tags, having a current photo on hand is also recommended.

D​​o not leave pet food outside at night or when not at your site. 

Many critters are attracted to an easy meal (pet food can also be bear food). Please store pet food as if it where human food.

Be mindful of park quiet hours.

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. 

Come prepared with food, water, and shelter.

Be sure to bring bedding or a plastic tarp for your pet, as well as food and plenty of drinking water. Pets that drink from streams or lakes may consume bacteria that could make them sick. ​

Be aware of potential wildlife conflicts.

Park staff can also provide tips to keep you and your pet safe and warn you of potential dangers such as mountain lions, moose, or rattlesnakes in the area.
Dog in camping chair

Not All Areas Are Dog-Friendly

Interested in visiting a park? Some parks have restrictions on where dogs are allowed. 

Use the park​ finder to check information about a park​​ or contact their visitor center to find out if there are any restrictions for pets. Areas deemed sensitive to wildlife, particularly during nesting or mating season, may be off-limits. ​

Dogs in Designated Areas Only

Barr LakeCheyenne MountainJames M. Robb – Colorado River and Mueller​ State Parks restrict pets in some park areas or trails. 

No Four-legged Friends Allowed

Roxborough and Harvey Gap State Parks do not allow pets in the park.