ASPEN - With summer use of Aspen-area trails intensifying, Pitkin County Open Space and Trails is reminding pet owners where they can walk their dogs off-leash.
Areas for watchful off-leash play include: Rio Grande Park, Wagner Park, Smuggler Mountain Road and the Marolt Open Space. The pond at Marolt, along Castle Creek Road on the western edge of the property, is available for dogs who like to take a swim. There is also an irrigation ditch for water-loving dogs to enjoy. In all off-leash areas, dogs need to be in sight and under voice control.
In addition, many U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands offer off-leash alternatives. Know before you go!
Dogs are prohibited at the City of Aspen Golf Course, Cozy Point Ranch, Sky Mountain Park, North Star Open Space and at the Maroon Creek wetlands.
City and county leash laws are enforced in the downtown pedestrian malls, at Herron Park (including the wading area), the Hunter Creek Trail, Rio Grande Trail, Jenny Adair Wetlands, Marolt Wetlands (near the Marolt Ranch housing), and at the playing fields on the Aspen schools campus and at the Aspen Recreation Center.
Having a dog off-leash in areas where leashes are required, and uncollected dog waste, are both ticketable offenses.
Most public lands are multiple-use areas. Enjoy, share and be aware.
Contact: John Armstrong