COLORADO SPRINGS - On a trial basis, two parks in the Pikes Peak Region are being let off the leash that denies dogs access.
Cheyenne Mountain State Park in Colorado Springs and Mueller State Park south of Divide in Teller County are going to break tradition and give dogs access for a limited time, beginning June 1 and ending Aug. 31.
“Historically, these parks have never allowed dogs on their trail systems,” said Mitch Martin, Cheyenne Mountain State Park manager. “But Coloradans love their dogs. So, after much thought and consideration, we decided to provide this new recreational opportunity to our visitors. We want them to enjoy these select trails this summer with their dogs.”
Martin stressed that it is only a trial, and it’s important that no one visits the parks with a dogs before the trial starts on June 1. If they do, they could be fined.
“The success of this trial period depends completely on dog owners and their compliance with rules governing dogs on trails,” Martin said.
The rules include:
- Keep dogs on a leash that does not go beyond six feet long – voice command and radio collars do not count.
- Dog owners must carry a dog waste bag with them and pick up any waste
- Confine dogs to the designated trails
- Avoid confrontations with other park visitors, pets or wildlife.
Cheyenne Mountain State Park will allow dogs on the following trails:
- Acorn Alley
- Bobcat Way
- Raccoon Ridge
- Portion of Soaring Kestrel
Mueller State Park will allow dogs on portions of Homestead Trail and Black Bear trails leading out of the campground, totaling about 2 miles.
Once the trial ends, park officials will evaluate how well it did and if owners followed the rules.
“If compliance is low, we may terminate the trial period early and go back to barring dogs from the trail system,” Martin said.
To keep track on how well the experiment is going and if they decide to continue to allow dogs, you can visit the following websites:
Cheyenne Mountain State Park: http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/Parks/CheyenneMountain/
Mueller State Park: http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/Parks/Mueller/